Technical Specialist, Construction

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    4 months ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type:
  • Category: Technical Specialist
  • Location: All office locations
  • Date Advertised: 11-OCT-19
  • Job Reference: WKS/1421800
  • Job Title: Technical Specialist, Construction
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  • Summary:


  • Be a subject matter expert across the business and with our external stakeholders
  • Full-time permanent role with the option to be based in any of our North Island offices
  • Great benefits including life, trauma and income protection insurances

We’re looking looking for a Technical Specialist – Construction, Plant & Equipment to join our Technical Programmes and Support team. The team’s mission is to enhance and advance workplace health and safety outcomes through technical knowledge and focuses on being the ‘go to’ experts for internal and external stakeholders for engineering, hazardous substances and work related health.

As the Technical Specialist you will provide construction, plant & equipment expertise to develop and support the Operations group in their regulatory functions and provide technical advice to external stakeholders.  You will also promote and reinforce continuous improvement in safety, standards and quality in New Zealand workplaces.

As part of your role, you’ll have the opportunity for continuous professional development through memberships with professional bodies and attending industry conferences. You’ll also:

  • Maintain up-to-date technical knowledge to ensure the provision of relevant, up-to-date advice on technical safety issues
  • Contribute  to and/or lead targeted technical programmes
  • Apply thought leadership in the area of construction, plant & equipment
  • Develop and maintain networks to understand what is happening in industry and the workplace
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of training programmes for staff to ensure WorkSafe is building knowledge and information streams about safe workplace practices into New Zealand workplaces

To be successful in this role, you’ll need to be qualified and highly skilled in the area of construction, plant and equipment. You may be coming from another regulatory role, or have been on the tools. Engineers or professionals from the mining sector may also suit this role.

You’ll also need: 

  • Experience in applying specialist knowledge in a regulatory environment
  • Sound knowledge of health and safety legislation and demonstrated ability to contribute technical expertise to health and safety regulatory activities (e.g. investigations)
  • Excellent report writing and communication skills
  • An ability to translate and communicate technical information into simple language
  • To be able to obtain, hold and maintain a HSWA ID card.
  • To be able to obtain, hold or maintain chartered status or equivalent registration.

Our Health and Technical Services team are a high-performing and collegial group of professionals, so a self-starter with a collaborative working style and the ability to coach and mentor others will fit this group well.

This role does require travel across New Zealand and mainly to our Wellington and Auckland offices.

About WorkSafe

WorkSafe New Zealand, Mahi Haumaru Aotearoa, is the primary workplace health and safety regulator – our vision is that everyone who goes to work comes home healthy and safe.  Alongside other regulators we lead New Zealand to achieve healthy and safe workplaces through engagement, education and enforcement.

About our Health and Technical Services team

The Health and Technical Services team consists of experts from a range of specialities, including asbestos, hazardous substances, occupational hygienists, engineering, permitting, and more. The team is continuing to expand, with key roles in psychosocial harm, health and safety by design and work-related health also under recruitment.

Benefits at WorkSafe

WorkSafe offer a range of benefits including free life, trauma and income protection insurances, discounts on health insurance and eye care, four weeks annual leave plus three days WorkSafe leave, and learning and professional development opportunities.

 Applications close on Sunday 27th October 2019.

For further information please contact with any queries.

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