Lisa McLean at an Open Cities event

There are a few jobs in top end sustainability roles being placed at present, but not a lot.

According to Martin Smallshaw at CGC Recruitment, all top tier consultancies put a global freeze on new hires for three months. With most of the head offices based in the UK or the US where Covid has hit much harder than Australia, that’s no surprise.

Those restrictions are set to be lifted next month but news recently that the virus had resurged in China does not bode well for people fearful that affected countries could be set for a second wave of contamination.

Mr Smallshaw is looking to fill some roles but at levels scaled back from previous expectations. These include a senior sustainability role for an Australian engineering company whose head office is in London. The role is for an ESD sustainability lead and comes with a package of up to $200,000. Another role offered at around $150,000 is for a company that’s based solely in Australia.

Another role is for a managing director for an Australian company that had been set for major growth primarily in large scale infrastructure and more complex design in “mission-critical data centres” but which has now deferred major expansion until at least 2022.

In recent times he placed a senior role for another engineering company that’s entirely based in Australia on a package of possibly more than $140,000 to $160,000, depending on the kind of forward work through client connections that the new recruit can bring to the job.

Early in the year Mr Smallshaw also placed a senior role at AECOM, with Chetan Rajasekariah appointed practice lead, building engineering, technical director, after more than 13 years with Aurecon and one year with ACOR Consultants.

In other jobs news, head of the Open Cities Alliance, Lisa McLean, has been appointed as the chief executive officer of NSW Circular.

Described as a “network”, NSW Circular is an initiative run by the state government that’s still in its infancy that intends to work with business, research organisations, governments and peak associations to build a job-generative, resilient NSW circular economy.

Ms McLean is a proven performer in this space as the creator of Open Cities, an industry association including government, private and research members that advocates for the circular economy, prosumer rights and new zero-carbon local mobility and utilities on the precinct scale. It’s understood she will be staying on as CEO at that organisation.

As well as her work with the alliance, Ms McLean was responsible for starting the Australian Solar Thermal Association (AUSTELA) and has also played a key role in shaping up Flow Systems as a leading next-generation utilities provider.

Professional services, construction and maintenance specialist Calibre Group has appointed Mark Langdon to lead its business unit responsible for renewable products and solutions in the built environment.

Mr Langdon has worked in construction, property and renewables for a number of years, with geothermal energy a key area of expertise.

He’s also worked at Alinta Energy, QPS Geothermal and Hutchinson Builders.

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