Principal Rail Safety Officer – Infrastructure

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    3 days ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type:
  • Category: Regulation
  • Location: Multiple Locations
  • Date Advertised: 25-MAR-20
  • Job Reference: NZTA/1440038A
  • Job Title: Principal Rail Safety Officer – Infrastructure
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  • Summary:
  • Drive safety outcomes as an expert in rail safety infrastructure
  • Work with a high energy, outcome focused team
  • Auckland or Christchurch location is preferred but Wellington would be considered

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 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.

This is an exciting time for the Regulatory Services group as we set ourselves up for future success delivering end-to-end regulatory services that are sharply focused on outcomes and delivering our regulatory purpose and objectives.  We have a rare opportunity to drive positive change that will make a difference to the way we work and the outcomes we can deliver for the public. Safety is a top priority for the Transport Agency and we, as the Regulatory Services group, aim to improve safety and reduce the risk of harm by being a firm and fair regulator ensuring compliance – it is the essence of why we do what we do.

The opportunity |
Te Whiwhinga mahi

As Principal Rail Safety Officer (Civil) you will deliver effective regulatory management through monitoring the compliance of rail license holders and rail participants civil assets such as bridges, tunnels, permanent way and other civil infrastructure. As part of this busy and varied role you will carry out the full range of regulatory functions such as infrastructure analysis, reviewing license applications, providing advice and thought leadership on rail infrastructure technology and regulatory matters.  

An important element to this role is stakeholder management, so your credible and confident interpersonal and relationship management skills will be the key to your success in this role.


About you | Ko wai koe

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • Extensive experience in a similar engineering role including infrastructural and/or structural engineering (e.g. tunnels, bridges/viaducts)
  • Significant regulatory compliance experience with strong understanding of regulatory principles and practices in a safety or transport environment would be ideal
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skill
  • Proven experience in and be comfortable working across a range of regulated parties and/or stakeholders
  • Strong investigative, risk assurance or lead audit experience
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills’
  • Experience of rail infrastructure engineering is ideal but not essential
  • Willingness to travel throughout New Zealand


Applications close | Rā Katinga: 25 March 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.

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