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Jobs and business news: Aurecon; WA government; Arup

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Job ads for housing and construction sectors are still on the decline but are forecasted to pick back up again in line with rising building approvals, according to the latest SEEK employment report.

Building approvals were up 2.7 per cent year-on-year according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, with SEEK ANZ managing director Kendra Banks also noticing “signs of hiring activity” in its data.

Banks also expects the reconstruction efforts in Australia’s bushfire regions to create jobs, particularly for residential builders and professionals.

Working in waste never looked so good with the Victorian government’s efforts to overhaul the state’s recycling system expected to create 3900 jobs.

Nearly $100 million will go towards driving research, expand the local processing and manufacturing industry, creating more products from recyclable materials and supporting new local jobs.

Aurecon has opted for a sustainability expert to run its New Zealand office. Tracey Ryan, who has been EY’s director for sustainability and climate change and managing partner at ERM (New Zealand), started in the leadership role last month.

Aurecon is not her first engineering firm – she just comes from a two year stint at Beca, where she was the transport and infrastructure clients and markets director.

In her role, Ryan will look to build on the culture of inclusiveness and innovation at the firm, with increasing female participation, particularly at an executive level, recognised as a way to address the resourcing challenge of attracting and retaining talent as the company grows.

The company has a suite of programs pitched at gender equity, including a new female workforce target in New Zealand of 38 per cent female employees by 2021 (the former 2021 target of 30 per cent was reached in 2019).

Geoff Warn has finished up as Government Architect in Western Australia after seven years.

Created in 2003, Warn has seen a number of major projects in WA through to completion such as the Metronet, the Shenton Park Hospital redevelopment, Optus Stadium and the New Museum for WA project.

Renewable company GE Renewable Energy has appointed Heiner Markhoff as the vice-president and chief executive officer of its GE Grid Solutions business, which helps maximise the reliability, efficiency and resiliency of the grid.

Markhoff replaces Reinaldo Garcia, who is retiring at the end of March after 35 years at the company.

Arup has appointed Thomas Briault its new energy advisory leader in South East Asia. His role will involve shoring up the firm’s renewable energy offering in the region.

Our pick of the jobs

For someone interested in a challenging job in a tropical location, the Pacific region’s scientific organisation Pacific Community wants someone to manage its Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Programme. The role will be based in Papua New Guinea & Pacific Islands region.

Property management company BGIS is on the hunt for a Sustainability Manager, to be based in Melbourne or Sydney.

Tree lovers rejoice. The City of Sydney is seeking a Tree Contract Coordinator to join its Tree Management Team. This is a job for someone looking to progress their career in arboriculture or urban forestry.

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