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The Essential Services Commission is currently seeking applications from those both experienced and developing in the fields of Economics, Regulatory Monitoring and Evaluation to join our team.

The Commission is an independent statutory authority that regulates the provision of essential services in the water and sewerage, electricity, gas, ports and rail industries.  Our primary objective is to protect the long-term interests of South Australian consumers with respect to the price, quality and reliability of essential services. 

  • Do you want to work in a genuinely flexible and friendly CBD environment?
  • Do you want career and growth opportunities?
  • Do you want to work in an employee focused, high performance, statutory organisation?

What are we looking for from you to succeed in these roles?

  • The ability to maintain a “big picture” focus when working on detailed technical issues.
  • Be collaborative and enjoy working as part of a small team.
  • Being able to think analytically and present the technical to the non-technical.
  • Ability to draft briefing, correspondence and documents that are technically correct and easy to read.
  • Be able to talk to your ideas and communicate effectively.

And most importantly, be a positive leader and ambassador for our organisation.

Does this sound like you? Read on, because in addition, the key requirements for each of the roles are also…

Manager, Regulatory Evaluation - AS08

Full-time, initial 24-month contract - $114,105 - $118,413

  • Manage, plan, execute and deliver the Commission’s public reporting and evaluation program, to promote the long-term interests of consumers in South Australia.
  • Lead a team responsible for using data and information to explain trends in the performance of regulated entities and to provide consumers and stakeholders with evaluation insights.
  • Monitor market outcomes, to question and provide feedback to regulated entities on their performance to drive a culture of accountability.
  • Co-ordinate and prepare strategic communication materials such as website content, correspondence, briefing papers and reports.

This position is initially offered on a contract with a good possibility for extension.

The Commission and the South Australian public sector promote diversity and flexible ways of working, including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss flexible working arrangements for this role.  

The Commission adopts a zero-tolerance approach to towards domestic violence and disrespectful behaviours of any kind in the workplace and in the broader community. 

How To Apply

Please email the following documents to Rachel Wilkinson, Manager, People and Corporate via escosahr@escosa.sa.gov.au;

All documents should be submitted in pdf format.

Further enquiries

For a confidential discussion, please call Natasha Cheshire, Director, Regulatory Monitoring and Evaluation on (08) 8463 4866.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 7 February 2022.

Don’t quite fit the roles at this level or key requirements but would like to be considered for future roles? Then please reach out to have a chat or send your CV through (please include ‘future consideration’ in your email subject line) and we will contact you if an opportunity arises.

Regulatory Monitoring Officer - AS04

Full-time, initial 12-month contract - $72,135 - $75,616

  • Contribute to the Commission’s compliance, enforcement and audit program to promote the long-term interests of consumers in South Australia.
  • Assist to review, evaluate, document and investigate regulated entities performance to encourage a culture of compliance and drive positive consumer outcomes.
  • Contribute to intervention strategies when alleged breaches are identified in line with the Commission’s Enforcement Policy.
  • Educate and collaborate with regulated entities on the compliance requirements of the Commission.

This position is initially offered on a contract with a good possibility for extension.

The Commission and the South Australian public sector promote diversity and flexible ways of working, including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss flexible working arrangements for this role.  

The Commission adopts a zero-tolerance approach to towards domestic violence and disrespectful behaviours of any kind in the workplace and in the broader community. 

How To Apply

Please email the following documents to Rachel Wilkinson, Manager, People and Corporate via escosahr@escosa.sa.gov.au;

All documents should be submitted in pdf format.

Further enquiries

For a confidential discussion, please call Natasha Cheshire, Director, Regulatory Monitoring and Evaluation on (08) 8463 4866.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 7 February 2022.

Don’t quite fit the roles at this level or key requirements but would like to be considered for future roles? Then please reach out to have a chat or send your CV through (please include ‘future consideration’ in your email subject line) and we will contact you if an opportunity arises.

Senior Economist - AS06

Salary range: $92,784 - $98,143

  • Do you want to be part of a team delivering critical price and access regulation outcomes across a range of industries and essential services for the benefit of all South Australians?
  • Do you want an opportunity to present your ideas and work closely with senior management, Commissioners, and a wide range of stakeholders?
  • Do you want to work in an employee focused, high performing statutory organisation with strong support for your individual learning and development? 

Who are we looking for?

Due to staff turnover, a rare opportunity exists for an experienced Senior Economist to join our Consumer Protection and Pricing team. You will undertake complex economic and financial modelling in relation to the Commission’s pricing and access regulation, industry monitoring, and advisory functions. 

You will be part of a small, high-performing team, and participate directly in policy discussions and stakeholder engagement.

Your significant experience in economic and financial analysis will be supported by appropriate qualifications, and your understanding of economic regulation. You will provide analysis and advice on a diverse range of economic and financial matters, including pricing, access, market structure and competition issues.   

What you will need to be successful?

  • Your demonstrated ability to undertake economic / financial analysis with a “big picture” outcome focus
  • You are collaborative and enjoy working as part of a small and diverse team
  • Your excellent communication skills, including writing reports, discussion papers, briefings, and other documents that are easy to read and explain complex economic concepts in simple language for a general audience.
  • Your skills in planning and prioritising your work to meet deadlines, including dealing with competing demands and working across multiple projects. 
  • You can present yourself and your ideas effectively and professionally and represent the Commission in a wide range of forums.

Experience in areas of relevance to the Commission, including the industries regulated and/or regulatory experience would also be highly regarded. 

The Commission and the South Australian public sector promote diversity and flexible ways of working, including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss flexible working arrangements for this role. These positions are initially offered on a fixed-term contract with the possibility for extension or ongoing employment.

The Commission adopts a zero tolerance approach to towards domestic violence and disrespectful behaviours of any kind in the workplace and in the broader community. 

How to apply

Please email the following documents to Rachel Wilkinson, Manager, People and Corporate via escosahr@escosa.sa.gov.au;

All documents should be submitted in pdf format.

Further enquiries

For a confidential discussion about the role, please call Mark Caputo, Manager, Economics on 8463 4320 or Rachel Wilkinson, Manager, People and Corporate on 8463 4448.  

Applications close on Sunday 6 February 2022.

Expressions of interest

We are always eager to hear from people interested in working at the Commission.

The Commission employs staff in positions at various classification levels across the following fields: 

  • administration (including finance and human resources) 
  • economics
  • policy – development
  • advice and research
  • data and analytics
  • law, and
  • monitoring and evaluation

At the Commission we value each other, ideas and potential. We are a small, dynamic and highly engaged team that genuinely connect with each other to create success. So if you are a positive leader and have skills, experience or expertise in any of the above fields, please provide your expression of interest to work at the Commission by emailing your current resume and a short cover letter highlighting your preferred working culture and your skills (no more than one page) to escosahr@escosa.sa.gov.au.

The Commission and the South Australian public sector promote diversity and flexible ways of working, including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss flexible working arrangements for future roles.

The Commission adopts a zero tolerance approach to towards domestic violence and disrespectful behaviours of any kind in the workplace and in the broader community.