Principal Planning Advisor

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    2 months ago
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    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Transport Planning
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 27-JAN-20
  • Job Reference: NZTA/1444665
  • Job Title: Principal Planning Advisor
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  • Summary:


  • Bring your strategic, system thinking approach to the System Planning team
  • Work with a wide range of partners, stakeholders and communities
  • Wellington based


About us | Ko wai mātou

At Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, we are working to better meet the needs of New Zealand. Technology is making rapid changes to the way people connect and the transport choices we have, and customers and business want faster, easier and more personalised transport services. Climate change and ongoing urbanisation mean communities and the land transport system need to keep adapting.  We’re planning for these things so we can make the most of the future opportunities for New Zealand – join us.

In our Transport Services group, we plan, design, build, operate and maintain an integrated transport system which reflects our plans and priorities and provide, improve and maintain the land transport system to effectively enable transport services.


The opportunity | Te Whiwhinga mahi

The purpose of the Principal Planning Advisor role is to support the Manager System Long Term View by helping to develop the Transport Agency’s long-term thinking for the land transport system, through Arataki and beyond, and ensure the planning processes and decisions contribute to achieving the Transport Agency’s long-term goals.

You will get the opportunity to lead strategic thinking about how the land transport system can enable communities respond to challenges and opportunities over the next 10-30 years. You will have worked in a similar role in local or central government or the private sector and have a good understanding of the machinery of government, as well as a strong strategic skill set. You will enjoy working closely with stakeholders and be passionate about synthesising and analysing evidence and conversations from a wide range of sources.


About you | Ko koe tēnei

To be successful in this role you will bring

  • Proven expertise and experience working with spatial planning and systems thinking and an in depth understanding of central and local government planning processes.
  • Proven experience in a senior role with a high level of strategic, analytical and conceptual thinking in a complex environment.
  • Proven experience in leading, influencing and building credibility across a range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience working with partners and stakeholders to align evidence, outcomes and prioritise system responses
  • Tertiary qualifications at preferably post graduate level in a related discipline or relevant experience.

The role is based in our Wellington office


Applications close | Rā Katinga

14th February 2020


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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.