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Alice Leerentveld

Operational Reporting and Insights Engineer
Make data visible and relevant to the people who want to see it.
Industry
Water and Waste
Company
Urban Utilities
Job Level
Entry
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About me

  • Regional Background

I am an Operational and Reporting Insights Engineer working for Urban Utilities. From a young age I knew I wanted to do something in the science and mathematics field but wasn’t sure what that could mean. Thanks to the guidance of various teachers in high school I was able to narrow down my interests and enrol in Chemical Engineering at the University of Queensland. Here, I solidified Chemical Engineering was in fact the path for me, combining team work, optimisation, environmental sustainability and all the technical aspects of science and maths. Career paths for Chemical Engineers can vary greatly and it was during my 2nd year I developed a passion for the water and wastewater sector.

I have worked through various parts of Urban Utilities as a graduate engineer and am currently taking up my first “real” role helping develop insights and performance dashboards for our maintenance and operational sides of the business.  

About my role

  • Flexible
  • Imaginative
  • Logical
  • Reliable
  • Sociable

The Operational and Reporting Insights Engineer does different tasks everyday. A key part of this positon is “making things better”. This role creates visualisations with data that may not have been available before, which gives our Operational and Maintenance team the ability to make quick and justified decisions. This role provides opportunities to learn and dive into both water and wastewater aspects.

Day to day, this role engages with different parts of our business to see what people need (a lot of talking is involved). The actual work involves uncovering where our data is stored, whether that is in various databases, a manual excel sheet on someone’s computer - or perhaps it isn’t anywhere just yet. The task is then to turn that data into easily digestible visualisations and liase with the subject matter owner to see if this was the type of product there were envisioning.

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Education

  • High School Certificate
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) dual majoring in chemical and biological engineering
  • Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (Business Analysis) (currently completing)

Awards

  • DUX of The Cathedral College Rockhampton
  • Iwasaki Scholarship Recipient (2month exchange in Japan)

Hobbies

  • Gym
  • Netball
  • Painting
  • Rock climbing
  • Yoga

Pets

  • 2 Dog

15 year old me!!

“Trust in what you want to do. Don’t let anyone deter you from your goals and believe in yourself.”

My career journey

Curious to know how I got here? Here’s a snapshot of my career pathway.
  1. Commenced Bachelor degree
  2. Graduated University
  3. Commenced working for Urban Utilities
  4. Commenced Graduate Diploma in IT

My employer

Urban Utilities is one of the largest water distributor-retailers in Australia, supplying drinking water, recycled water and sewerage services to a population of more than 1.5 million in South East Queensland.