Chief Engineer

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    3 months ago
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  • Category: Engineering
  • Location: Multiple Locations
  • Date Advertised: 26-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: NZTA/1508059
  • Job Title: Chief Engineer
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  • Summary:


  • Pinnacle engineering role
  • Utilize your strong technical and people leadership skills
  • Flexible locations – Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch

Ko wai mātou | About us

At Waka Kotahi, the NZ Transport Agency, it all starts with our people. The organisation’s performance and success depends on the people who choose to make this a great place to work and make a difference for Aotearoa. The Transport Agency has a strong future focus, understanding that new technologies and changing customer expectations mean the transport system we know today will not be the one we deliver in ten years time.

Transport Services is an end-to-end business group that focuses on our transport system – from policy and planning, through design and delivery, to maintenance and operations. We have some of the most capable and motivated people in the industry providing a transport system that enhances the way New Zealanders live, travel work and connect.

Transport Services is changing, and a new operating model is being introduced to enable us to meet the growing demands on our transport system, better serve our regions and fully develop our multimodal transport capability. This new operating model has created over 50 exciting new opportunities nationwide to keep Aotearoa moving.


Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

As the Chief Engineer, you will be reporting to the National Manager, Programme and Standards. You will be accountable for providing overall technical leadership and advice to the wider team.

This is a chance to use your strong technical and people leadership skills as you will be responsible for a team of technical Lead Advisors. You will need to coordinate technical leadership and standards and moderate to deliver good asset and activity management for smart investment that best delivers on the Government’s priorities.

You will need to have a strategic mindset and a passion for leading a diverse team while working in a fast-paced evolving environment.

Ko koe tēnei | About you

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • Extensive experience in providing input into strategic issues and policies and placing them in an operational and practical context
  • Significant experience in infrastructure planning, design and construction processes, including experience across Pavement, Structures, Geotechnical, Resilience, Safety, Asset Management and Sustainability
  • Significant experience in working with engineering consultants and contractors in a road transport construction setting, managing effective relationships
  • Strong analytical thinking skills with experience in central or local government
  • Proven experience in leading, influencing

Rā Katinga | Applications close :

16th February 2021


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To be considered for this position you must have a legal right to live and work in New Zealand.

NZ Transport Agency is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). At the Agency we recognise the importance of diversity and inclusion and are committed to providing a working environment that embraces these values. Please let us know if you need any support or have any access requirements that will help you through the recruitment process.

Please note that we may begin shortlisting as we receive applications. We encourage early applications as we may withdraw the advertising at any time