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Manager Regional Projects

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About the Opportunity:

Are you an experienced Project Engineer looking for your next challenge? We need a superstar to step into this busy leadership role and support the project team within our Asset Management Group. You will need to hit the ground running to continue the amazing work already being undertaken by this high performing team, providing day to day management of project engineers, contractors and consultants to maximise outputs on infrastructure projects within our region. Council has some big goals to achieve in the next three years, supporting regional infrastructure development and actively contributing to boosting our local economy. The projects in this portfolio are part of the Infrastructure Reference Group’s climate resilience programme, specifically targeted around erosion protection works and increasing the levels of service within our local rivers.


This is an exciting and diverse role within a supportive team of professionals. Maintaining a positive team culture is a vital part of this key leadership role, and we are looking for someone with a strengths-based approach to people management.


The key objectives of the role are:

  • Manage, lead and guide the regional projects team, ensuring team objectives are met, clear direction is set, and mentoring support is provided. Actively contribute to the leadership of a positive culture and cohesive team environment.
  • Build and maintain a fit for purpose project management framework for the effective and efficient delivery of infrastructure projects.
  • Manage infrastructure projects through the full lifecycle from activation to closeout.
  • Develop and manage construction contracts (NZS3910) with both in-house construction resources and the external contracting industry.
  • Ensure the establishment and maintenance of strong and meaningful relationships with agreed internal and external stakeholders.


About you:

To succeed in this role you will have excellent project management skills, show a true passion for people management and have a drive for excellence.  You will be accurate, motivated and have strong communication and engagement skills. This role needs a self-starter who enjoys connecting with people and successfully meeting project deliverables, while displaying a passion for guiding and coaching members of the team to succeed.


Alongside this, you will ideally possess the following:

  • A relevant Bachelor’s degree or equivalent tertiary qualification in Engineering. A Master’s in Engineering would be preferable.
  • A minimum of 10 years practical experience in infrastructure project delivery in either local government, utility or engineering consultancy.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Strong technical and practical understanding of contract documentation
  • Good understanding of local government procurement practices
  • Working knowledge of NZ specifications and procedures associated with regional council infrastructure

The salary range for this role is dependant on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Other benefits of working for our team include limited income protection and life insurance and other well-being initiatives. HBRC also has a strong commitment to developing and upskilling people within a flexible and supportive working environment.

Applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand.

If this sounds like the opportunity for you and you would like to become part of a team that is making a real difference for the Hawke’s Bay community, contributing to the sustainable management of our precious taonga then apply via SEEK today!

View a copy of the full job description here.

Applications close 4 February 2022 however we may interview suitable candidates throughout the process and close the listing early if we find the right person for the role.

6 January 2022

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