Team Leads Environmental Planning – multiple opportunities

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
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  • Category: Policy
  • Location: Multiple Locations
  • Date Advertised: 26-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: NZTA/1508095
  • Job Title: Team Leads Environmental Planning – multiple opportunities
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  • Summary:
  • Help lead and shape a national team 
  • Grow and develop your people  
  • Apply your technical knowledge across a variety of planning work from projects and consenting to district and regional planning processes 

Ko wai mātou | About us  

At Waka Kotahi 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. Waka Kotahi 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 opportunities 

We are looking for four team leaders to join our national team – one to lead our Auckland/Northland team; one for Wellington/Palmerston North; one for Waikato/Bay of Plenty; and one to lead a national technical team (location flexible).  

The purpose of these roles is to build and lead a high performing team to assist the development and delivery of consistent and quality resource management planning practice. These roles will work closely with others to influence land use and transport design and delivery to ensure the achievement of desired transport outcomes for New Zealand. 

As well as being accountable for the Waka Kotahi values and behaviours, your role has the following specific key accountabilities: 

  • Develop, coach, mentor and lead team members to provide high quality technical expertise in all facets of RMA planning and other statutory processes related to the necessary consenting and permissions required for Waka Kotahi works across design, delivery and maintenance. 
  • Influence local government processes through both formal and informal means to ensure effects of third-party activities and growth planning on the transport network are taken into account in decision making. 
  • Build and maintain professional relationships with key stakeholders and customers. 
  • Develop pragmatic solutions on relevant strategic issues and complex challenges. 
  • Provide knowledge leadership on a range of projects and programmes. 
  • Represent the Transport Agency in regional and national forums. 


Ko wai koe | About you  

As well as your leadership attributes, you will need to bring your ‘know how’: 

  • Demonstrated people management experience in leading high performing teams 
  • Extensive experience in stakeholder management 
  • A good understanding of policy and legislation as it relates to the transport system 
  • Knowledge of local authority planning for transportation and investment decision making process 
  • The ability to work strategically within a national context 
  • Ability to interpret technical information for a wide range of audiences 


Rā Katinga | Applications close Tuesday 16th February 2021 

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

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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.