Meet some of the team

We are a business built on its people. 

Our team members are passionate about what they do, they enjoy diverse experiences, feel empowered and have a desire to lead change. Meet some of the team and get a glimpse of what it's like to work at Veolia, each and every day.

  • Meet Ramona
    SHEQ Systems and Assurance Manager, NSW

    Ramona has been with Veolia for seven years and has moved through various roles. She is now the SHEQ Systems and Assurance Manager, based at our Rosehill, NSW office.

     

    Getting started

    Starting off as a geologist, the waste industry did not feature on Ramona’s career menu, until as a post graduate student, inspired by her experience at a university careers open day, Ramona added a few waste management subjects to her program. Still, it was not until in her final year when a recruitment agency approached her with a role at Veolia that she gave it serious consideration. After her last exam Ramona went for an interview and started at Veolia a month later in the environmental monitoring team and she has not looked back.

    What she likes about her Job
    “I enjoy the extreme variety and the fact that I am constantly learning.” As a Project Manager with a team of 6, Ramona’s scope of work covers a variety of projects to support Veolia’s resource recovery services. Her first major project was the development of the newest landfill cell at the Horsley Park Waste Management Facility (HPWMF), located in Western Sydney. The project’s goal was to extend the tipping life of the landfill site by 4 years. Ramona worked on the design specifications and project planning; and also oversaw the implementation work, geotechnical testing, excavation works, and the construction quality assurance reporting and regulatory approvals, to achieve an environmentally secure system.

    “I have found an industry where, because you support the facilities that you are working on you get to know them quite intimately, as opposed to the idea that after one project finishes you move onto another business, another site."

    Ramona admires Veolia’s dedication to a sustainable approach to business from the top down, “Coming from a consultancy background, I have worked with a lot of large scale civil contractors; and in that environment it’s about getting the job done and getting it done cheap. The sustainability aspect is generally incorporated within the design and is driven by management, not necessarily the technical team."

    Ramona’s work at Veolia places her in the action of a dynamic industry.

    “We are in a really exciting space at the moment, not just with transfer stations and landfills, but also our growth in alternative waste technologies and recycling.” 

    It is challenging to reconcile the rapid pace of technological development and industry needs with the slower pace of regulatory support, but Ramona sees this being well met with innovation, and this she says, “is constantly about learning."
     
    Taking a lateral approach to all things in life that she’s passionate about from cooking, to communications –  Ramona is a correspondent for Veolia NSW Newsletter and the official Resource Recovery “paparazzi”, to her engineering projects, as she put it, she takes the basic rules and then 'Ramona-risers' them.
     
    “I think if you asked anyone in my division to describe me you would get ‘eccentric’ as, "I’m not your typical 'nerdy' engineer.”
     
    Ramona's diverse capabilities complement her creative and technical sides, whereby Veolia has given her the freedom to develop as an asset within the waste industry, “Waste is one of those areas that has to be approached holistically. You can not just have your technical blinkers on, you have to know what’s happening in politics, as there is a lot of governance issues.”
     
    And for Ramona, a key aspect of this holistic approach is understanding the social dimension – the people, “even though it’s not labelled an essential service, people get really upset with waste issues." Growing up in Fiji, Ramona is accustomed to being part of a diverse society and this is something that she employs in her relationship with the broader community. “I’m able to relate to a wider range of the community, whether it’s language issues or barriers,” and she employs this skill when interacting with the general public by conducting testing, or checking or gathering information from local communities.


    What’s next for Ramona?
    Her latest project ensures the challenges keep coming, taking her to Veolia’s Woodlawn site to work on the expansion of the site’s capacity to generate green energy from biogas captured in the landfill. “Everything that I have learnt has been sorely tested here. And that’s one of the things I like about my role.”

  • Meet Rebecca
    Sales and Marketing Manager, SA

    Getting started

    An avid football enthusiast and player in the South Gambier AFL team, Rebecca Mobbs joined the South Australia (SA) Sales and Marketing team in November 2016. 
     
    Why she decided to join Veolia

    Rebecca was drawn to the opportunity to work for a global organisation making an impact locally. She believes it's an exciting time to be part of Veolia, as it expands its footprint and service offering in Mount Gambier, SA. 

    “I'm passionate about environmental education, particularly on the client-side.”

    "It's been really exciting seeing our customers increase their duty of care to the environment and the ongoing education around this has meant the value of what we do at Veolia has increased."

     
    Aligned values

    Rebecca praises Veolia's commitment to diversity and inclusion, including its support of equal opportunity for women both inside and outside of the workplace, citing Veolia's sponsorship of the Limestone Coast AFL Women's League as an example.
    "I'm extremely proud to say I work for a company firmly committed to supporting the communities where we work and where our employees reside, not to mention the employees themselves."

  • Meet Marcus
    Mechanical Engineering Manager, NSW

    My time at Veolia
    I commenced my career at Veolia as Senior Energy Engineer five years ago, heading up the energy performance contract (EPC) and overseeing the design and implementation of commercial buildings. Today, my role spans all three of Veolia’s business units - water, waste and energy - and I oversee the mechanical engineering services within the National Engineering Department.

    In my day-to-day role I am responsible in providing mechanical engineering supports and services for tenders, design, implementation, operations and maintenance. In my five years with Veolia, I have been privileged to be part of the organisation’s global transformation, when it became a single entity in 2014, bringing together the previously separate waste, water and energy businesses.

    My passion lies in sustainability engineering and I enjoys the sense of achievement from what the business offers me both professionally, and to the wider community.

    I’m proud to work in an organisation where you can make a difference to people’s daily lives in communities, cities and in every country where Veolia has a presence - all 48 of them!

    Building on a successful career
    I have more than 25 years’ experience as a mechanical engineer, having worked in both the South East Asian and Australian markets. Prior to my time at Veolia I worked in projects across marine engineering operations and maintenance, building and construction, energy efficiency and renewable energy, so a career at Veolia made perfect sense.

    Self development and industry connections are key for me. I am a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Fellow Member and Engineering Executive of Engineers Australia and Certified Energy Efficiency Specialist, amongst others.

    The Veolia difference
    I’ve been able to leverage Veolia’s global expertise, and so am also member of Veolia’s Global Centre of Excellence (Building Energy Services), contributing knowledge and experience in EPC to be shared with the business in other countries.

  • Meet Diji
    Operations Manager, NSW

    Getting started 
    Diju Joseph has had the opportunity to work from Veolia in three countries on mega energy projects. Diju commenced employment with Veolia eight years ago as a Senior Mechanical Engineer in the Energy business, then known as Dalkia. He was based at the Bahrain Bay Utilities plant, which was Dalkia’s first BOT (Built Operate and Transfer) project in the Middle East. 

    “Working with a team of engineers, consultants and contractors we delivered the design, build and transfer of a large scale project comprising a 158MW district cooling plant, 10 kms of underground chilled water reticulation piping, 25,000 cubic metric tonnes per day sea water infiltration gallery and a 7,000 cubic metric tonnes per day sewage treatment plant.”

     

    Opening doors to opportunity
    "After handing over the projects to operations in 2011, I was promoted as Project Manager and transferred to Veolia Energy in Abu-Dhabi. In Abu-Dhabi, I was responsible for engineering, procurement, construction project management and the taking over of two district cooling plants." 

     

    What he likes about his job
    Coming from an HVAC background, Dalkia/Veolia Energy was Diju's preferred choice as he would have the opportunity to handle large Energy projects. Having previously worked with Veolia in the Gulf, he says his experiences were exceptionally good in terms of career progression and international relocation. It was rewarding and had a remarkable work environment, and his line managers were extremely supportive and valued his view points.

    "In the eight years I've worked at Veolia, I've been fortunate enough to work across three countries and on mega energy projects."  

    A personal highlight for Diju was leading a team of internal engineers and consultants to complete the Saadiyat Island cultural district cooling plant, which feeds the iconic Louvre Abu-Dhabi museum. The 123 MW plant was completed on- time and within budget, while incorporating all the lessons learnt from the construction of the previous two district cooling plants.

     
    Life outside of Veolia
    Outside of life on the road, Glen a husband, father and grandfather; he relaxes with a weekly game of golf, camping trips with his wife and dog, or by simply, “sitting in a seat that doesn’t move,” - unless his wife can persuade him to take the occasional weekend drive!

  • Meet Jessie
    Finance and Administration Manager, SA

    My time at Veolia
    Jessie is a Finance and Administration Manager within the Veolia Refractories Division. Jessie commenced her career at Veolia in July 2010 with a short work experience stint before being offered a full-time role as an Administration Assistant within the Refractory team in Kilburn. Since then, she says she's been lucky enough to build her skills across the entire spectrum of administration - from purchasing, completing stock takes to payroll, job costing and then being responsible for invoicing for multi-million dollar projects.

     
    What she likes about her job
    "I have been offered every opportunity to learn and grow and what I enjoy most is the autonomy and sense of accomplishment that comes with the job - it means no two days are the same! For the last four years, my role as Refractories Finance and Administration Manager has seen me taking on overall responsibility of all areas of administration for Refractories business."

     
    Laying the foundation for a successful career

    "Prior to starting at Veolia, I graduated from the University Of South Australia with a Master of Business (Professional Accounting). Not only has Veolia provided me with in-house training, but since the very beginning I was encouraged to complete my CPA. In early 2013 I became a fully qualified CPA member."  
    Her eagerness to learn and commitment to self-development has been matched by the many training opportunities offered at Veolia, from upskilling and mentoring, to helping her develop a deeper understanding of the complex refractories business. She says she also enjoys being able to work and build rapport with various stakeholders, both within and outside the organisation.

    “My advice is to always take on new challenges - the reward is worth it!”

  • Meet Chelsea
    Sustainability Programs Manager, NSW

    Getting started
    Chelsea is the NSW Sustainability Manager, working within the Health, Safety, Environment and Quality team. Chelsea’s introduction to Veolia came through the University of New South Wales Co-op Program Scholarship while she was in her final year of high school.

    “My first contact with Veolia was on an interview panel when I was in year 12, which was set up to choose students for an environmental engineering degree.”

    Successful in gaining the scholarship, as part of her studies Chelsea worked for Veolia, “I really loved it - and once I had graduated they offered me a job.” She joined the company in 2004 as an Environmental Officer.
     
    Changing roles
    Veolia has provided a unique career experience for Chelsea; with the backing of supportive managers, Chelsea has been able to cultivate her professional path within the company; not only shaping her role but also making a significant contribution to the direction of the business. Chelsea’s focus in her initial role as Environmental Officer was to ensure Veolia met our environmental legislative obligations; however over time she, “saw an opportunity for improvement,” both within her role, and the role of the NSW business, taking her position beyond compliance into the sustainability area.

    And as the NSW Sustainability Manager, Chelsea is responsible for developing the NSW business’ sustainability strategy, leading the sustainability steering committee and project managing initiatives around the state, including the generation of green electricity through the installation of solar panels at the Arndell Park site. 

    One of Chelsea’s early initiatives was signing Veolia up to the NSW state government’s Sustainable Advantage Program, and from this the Veolia NSW’s team has thrived, with sustainability forming a core strand of the NSW state business strategy.
     
    What she likes about her job
    A typical day for Chelsea involves a great deal of interaction with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. “Just being out and about, that’s why I chose the environmental field in the first place. I didn’t want to just be stuck in an office.”
     
    Chelsea’s initiative and hard work has gained industry recognition. She has received a Sustainability Champions Award from the NSW State Government, “that was a great highlight for me personally, because it wasn’t just an internal award but something that was being recognised at a state level.”
     
    Through Veolia, Chelsea has had opportunities to develop her skills. She recently completed, the Lean Sigma Six business management training, “I really loved that and I can’t wait to get in and apply those principles to a project.”
     
    Life outside of Veolia
    In addition, Veolia has provided a flexible work environment for Chelsea which has enabled her to work part time to pursue musical and community interests outside of work.

  • Meet Rebecca
    CCTV Technician, NZ

    Getting Started
    Rebecca is an Water CCTV Technician within our Queenstown, New Zealand operations. She works with a team of around 30 other technicians, engineers and supervisors to operate and maintain Queenstown's three water networks (water, storm water and wastewater).  Rebecca commenced employment with Veolia three years ago. 

    "Living in Queenstown, it is not hard to see why people seek local employment.  We live in an incredibly beautiful location and everyone is there to make the most of it. It was for this reason that I applied for a role at Veolia Water, knowing that I could contribute to the protection and maintenance of our most precious resource." 

    “I'm proud to work for an organisation that is dedicated to nurturing internal talent and investing in its people.”

     
    Opening doors to opportunity
    "Over the last three years I've leveraged training and development opportunities to enhance my technical skillset. I am thrilled to be transitioning into an Asset Technician role where I will be using a specialised infrastructure management system to collaborate all of our CCTV data, inspections and knowledge in one place."

    She believes it's an exciting time to be part of Veolia, especially within the water services industry.

    "Technology is revolutionising the way we do maintain and operate facilities and relay critical information to clients." 

     
    The importance of her role 
    "I have learned and gained so much confidence since being at Veolia. Having people respect and believe in what you do has made me realise the importance of our role in the Queenstown community."

  • Meet Chris
    Operations Supervisor, TAS

    My time at Veolia
    A career at Veolia is as rewarding and diverse as you’d like it to be - that’s been my experience over the last decade.
    In 2009 I started as a Driver/Operator for Veolia’s Waste Services division in South Tasmania. I quickly learned the ropes for everything there is to know in relation to waste services and waste management and worked across a variety of waste streams; from medical, to commercial, to security shredding and recycling.

    In 2010 I was approached by management and offered a position as a Customer Service Representative. My prior management experience and operational knowledge was recognised and I quickly realised the position would provide a good "stepping stone" into a Vehicle Logistics Officer role when one became available.

    I worked in the customer service centre for six months learning how to use Veolia’s systems and getting a clear understanding of "the other side" of the business, while developing strong working relationships with Account Managers and other office staff.

     
    Laying the foundation for a successful career
    From the very beginning, I was keen to step up and progress my career. Naturally, Veolia seemed like the right place to do so and with all the training and development opportunities that came across my way I realised it was a company that was serious about upskilling, cross-skilling and investing in its people.  

    In 2010 I secured the role as Vehicle Logistics Officer that I was hoping for, looking after rear lift, front lift, medical, sanitary and bin deliveries. I’m pleased to say I’ve been in my current role as Operations Supervisor since 2012 and have never looked back.


    The Veolia difference  
    Given we operate 24/7, 365 days a year there is never a dull moment and Veolia never stops moving - that’s an aspect of this business that I’ve always enjoyed.

    Throughout my time at Veolia I have eagerly taken advantage of every training course and opportunity that has been presented to me. I have completed certificates and obtained all relevant licences, and participated in many projects, including a Rapid Action Team working on reducing muscular strains in side load operators.

    Learning and development has always been my priority. At the beginning of 2017, with support from the HR team, I began a Diploma of Logistics through Open Universities/RMIT. I am currently studying part time (two nights a week and weekends) and hope to complete the Diploma by 2019. From there, I’m setting my sights on a Bachelor of Business (Supply Chain and Logistics).

     

    Final thoughts  
    I believe that whatever role you are in, embrace every opportunity that is presented. The projects I have worked on at Veolia have been a fantastic way of increasing knowledge of the business and developing contacts.

  • Meet Linda
    Process Engineer, NSW

    My time at Veolia
    Linda is a Process Engineer, who has worked at Chinchilla in remote Queensland and is now based at the Australian National Office in Pyrmont, NSW. My first encounter with Veolia  was at university when I was offered an industry-sponsored degree through the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Co-op program and Veolia was a sponsor. As part of the program, I was given the opportunity of a six month placement at the Sydney Desalination Plant, and commenced my posting in July 2011. It was in this role I was given the responsibility of making a real difference on a major project – optimising a process that had quality implications for the final product.

    Throughout the project, I developed an unlikely niche as the resident lime expert, discovering my passion in water treatment. So when the opportunity came up to work for Veolia after graduating, I didn’t hesitate.

    Fast forward several years and my time at Veolia has taken me to remote Queensland and back again. For four years, I was responsible for providing technical and process advice to the operations team. Yet again, I was fortunate to be surrounded by a wonderful group of people who supported each other throughout work related challenges as well as the personal challenges related to the fly-in fly-out lifestyle.

     
    Laying the foundation for a successful career
    Now back home in Sydney and working in the National Office, my role involves providing engineering and technical support on Veolia water and wastewater treatment plants, as well as developing process designs and cost estimates for new business development opportunities.

     
    "A typical doesn't really exist with my role, which I love."

    What’s the best thing about working at Veolia?
    The best part of my job is helping people to find solutions to everyday problems, whether that be in the form of a small project as part of an operations contract, or a larger business development opportunity. A typical day doesn’t really exist for my role.

    I love being part of a company that supports the development of young engineers through internships and scholarships.

  • Meet Anja
    Credit Supervisor / RAP & Community Ambassador, WA

    Getting Started 
    Based at Veolia’s Western Australia State Office in Jandakot, Anja started her career with Veolia six years ago, in the role of Credit Supervisor.

    Her decision to return to the workforce after her second child was something she wanted to ensure was the right “fit” and aligned with her personal values. When she saw an opportunity with Veolia, a global company dedicated to sustainability she jumped at the chance. Its commitment to families and work life balance was also a key factor in her decision.  

     
    What she likes about her job
    For many that know her, Anja Bonnard is without a doubt one of Veolia’s most active and dedicated community ambassadors. She places corporate social responsibility, in particular Indigenous engagement, as a cause close to her heart.
    Since then, she’s played an integral role in WA’s Indigenous engagement activities and initiatives, specifically launching its first ever Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in WA in 2017, where a number of well-known Indigenous guests attended.
     

    "This was one of the best days of my working life. I was not only proud of myself for achieving a successful event (my first one), I was proud of our managers for their support and guidance, employees for their assistance in making it perfect, clients for coming to support our cause and guests for believing in us and what we stand for."
     

    How has Veolia supported her career development? 
    It’s been blue skies all the way for Anja, whose career development is a priority and she’s taken every opportunity offered by Veolia to further build her skills. She’s obtained a Certificate 4 in Credit Management, New Supervisor, Certified Credit Executive and is now in the process of completing her last three units for a Diploma in Credit Management.

    “Veolia as a whole is an amazing company and the people in it really makes it unique. Everything I hold close to my heart (indigenous People, Culture and Community) and believe in, Veolia does too. It’s not often you find a company and colleagues that have the same ethics as you. It’s really refreshing and rare.”

     

    And for anyone considering a role with Veolia?
    “Do it. It will be the best move you have ever made. Its as simple as that.”

  • Meet Adrian
    Area Supervisor, New Zealand

    A job that is fulfilling and rewarding
    Adrian is an Area Supervisor for Veolia's water team in Thames, New Zealand. Operating and maintaining critical water infrastructure as part of a network that serves thousands of New Zealand residents and holidaymakers is a job that Adrian is incredibly passionate about.

    As an Area Supervisor, Adrian is responsible for the operations of all three water services in the Thames region, on behalf of the Thames-Coromandel District Council. 

    “As an evolving team there have been many challenges, but it is very pleasing that I get to work safety into operations and help get our people home safely every day.”

     

    Role highlights  
    Over that last seven years, he’s had some incredible opportunities to build, lead and mentor a team.

    “During my time at Veolia I have had many opportunities to participate and lead in projects ranging from network upgrades to treatment improvements. One project special to me was the water treatment plant re-roof. The leaky roof was discovered while executing a site safety inspection; the leak posed a risk to the electrical components below. I enjoyed managing the project and remember thinking how happy I was we could continue serving safe drinking water for our community.”

    Sustainable community development is important to Adrian. Through Veolia he has been able to give back to his local community, assisting a college apprenticeship program, while also offering site tours to local schools.

    When asked what made him consider a role with Veolia, Adrian said it was the reputation of management and the opportunity for further development.

     

    The Veolia difference

    Veolia’s commitment to investing in its employees is something every staff member can benefit from, just as Adrian has. He’s participated in a Leadership program, gained certificates in water and wastewater reticulation and qualifications in both treatment processes. Recently Adrian has completed a National Health and Safety course and is now in progress to complete a first line Business Management qualification.

    "As a company we have a strong drive for safety and a sense for developing our people. I feel so fortunate to have had these experiences and am very proud to be a member of our Veolia family."

  • Meet Stuart
    Maintenance Planner, New Zealand

    Getting started
    Stuart joined Veolia in 2012 due to the opportunities a company like Veolia could offer him, including the wide variety of cutting-edge technology, different clients and unique challenges.
     
    What he likes about his job
    Stuart's role involves overseeing the maintenance of above ground assets throughout Veolia’s New Zealand water contracts. Above ground assets include all of the equipment within Veolia's water and wastewater treatment plants and pump stations; everything except the reticulation and collection pipe networks. Considering the diversity of Veolia's various New Zealand contracts, Stuart is often on the move, out and about on client sites.

    "I enjoy learning from and working together with our people to improve Veolia’s maintenance practices."

    Stuart continues to oversee the implementation of e-Inspector, a vibration analysis system for a Wellington client. e-Inspector measures vibration levels at specific frequencies enabling the diagnosis of many different types of machine faults at very early stages of their development. "This type of technology is important in setting best practices. It gives our Wellington team timely notice of arising problems and can lead to drastic reductions in maintenance costs by being able to remedy small problems in a planned fashion."  
    Stuart is also part of a specialist team who are currently in the process of introducing Veolia’s worldwide Computerized Maintenance Management System, called GAMA, to all of our New Zealand clients. Clients in Wellington were the first to go-live in May 2014.
     
    What’s the best thing about living in New Zealand ?

    Ensuring you get the chance to unwind after a long day is important to Stuart and there is nowhere better than New Zealand. "Apart from Auckland, there is plenty of space for everyone and wherever you are you’re not too far from the sea."