Principal Project Manager

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    1 month ago
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    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Project Management
  • Location: Bay of Plenty
  • Date Advertised: 10-FEB-20
  • Job Reference: NZTA/1396578C
  • Job Title: Principal Project Manager
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  • Summary:


  • Make a real difference for New Zealand by leading game changing projects
  • Be involved with delivering future focused transport systems
  • Bring your exceptional communication and engagement skills

About us | Ko wai mātou

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.

The focus of the Transport Services is to provide, improve and maintain an integrated land transport system to effectively enable people centred, technology-enabled, system focused transport services, in partnership with other system providers. 


The opportunity | Te Whiwhinga mahi

As Principal Project Manager, you will bring strong leadership to the Inter Regional Journeys Team to support best practice design and delivery outcomes.  The successful candidate needs to demonstrate a sound knowledge of developing integrated solutions designed to address prioritised transport system issues effectively and from a customer perspective.     

This is a unique opportunity to use your first-rate engineering and management skills to contribute to the planning and development of multi-modal transport networks in New Zealand. This will involve close collaboration and engagement with other teams in the Transport Agency, local authorities, and a variety of stakeholders and development partners. This is where your strong relationship skills will come to the fore. 

We are looking for someone that leads in Health and Safety through behaviors and advocating for best practice with our suppliers throughout the project lifecycle.  You should be able to effectively communicate with design and business case teams and understand how to effect good results during construction and for later operations and maintenance activities. 

This role provides an opportunity to lead projects in the Region that support  rapid growth and development.



About you | Ko koe tēnei

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • Extensive experience managing and leading technical teams within the transport and construction industry  
  • Extensive experience in project/programme management 
  • Strong financial and risk management  
  • Experience in engaging with key strategic stakeholders 
  • Experience with advanced procurement models 
  • Experience in managing contracts, ideally within the road transport area and a sound understanding of NZS3910 
  • Experience in analysing complex engineering problems and solutions is desirable  
  • Broad experience in design of road construction works and an in-depth knowledge of the processes involved in planning, designing and building is desirable 
  • An engineering qualification and project management experience within the roading/engineering sector is desirable 
  • A Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng or. equivalent) and a professional member of Engineering NZ is desirable 


Applications close | Rā Katinga

23rd 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.