Principal Advisor, Road Safety

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    4 months ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Safety
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 21-OCT-19
  • Job Reference: NZTA/1425649
  • Job Title: Principal Advisor, Road Safety
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  • Summary:
  • Help us radically improve road safety performance across the land transport system
  • Implement New Zealand’s new road safety strategy to reduce serious harm
  • Wellington location

About us | Ko wai mātou

At 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 New Zealand. 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.

The Safety, Health and Environment (SH&E) Group exists to radically improve the road safety, workplace health and safety and environmental performance of the New Zealand land transport system. It does this by leading the development of system solutions and interventions that will deliver the step changes needed, and ensuring solutions and interventions are delivered and evaluated internally and externally.

The opportunity | Te Whiwhinga mahi

The purpose of this Principal Advisor position in the Road Safety Team is to provide robust strategic advice, project leadership and proactive support to the Leadership Team, to help shape the strategic direction of the Transport Agency and the transport sector on critical road safety issues.

In this senior role you will apply best practice strategy development techniques and work with others to identify strategic interventions and packages that will deliver a safe transport system. Your main focus will be on implementing the new road safety strategy for New Zealand to ensure we create a safe road system for all customers, which you will do in partnership with many other agencies. You will also be involved in influencing sector direction through research and analysis, leading change initiatives, monitoring outcomes and deepening our understanding of innovative ways to deliver better outcomes for New Zealand.

If you are passionate about creating a safe road system, have solid experience in strategy and evidence driven decision-making processes and have a proven track record in thought leadership and strategic analysis involving complex issues, then you might be the special person we’re looking for.

About you | Ko wai koe

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • Track record of leading successful strategy development and implementation at cross-sector level, preferably in a public sector environment
  • An understanding of effective road safety strategies and policies and practical experience applying the safe system approach
  • Ability to translate technical information into simple, compelling narratives that capture hearts and minds
  • Outstanding communication, negotiation and influencing skills
  • Proven ability to think conceptually and deliver results quickly
  • Ability to work with ambiguity in a fast paced environment.


Applications close: Sunday the 3rd of November 2019 

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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.