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Regional Asset Manager

Still reflections Photo Christine Robertson

At Hawke’s Bay Regional Council our purpose is to work with our community to protect and manage the region’s precious taonga of rivers, lakes, soils, air, coast and biodiversity for health, wellbeing and connectivity. Our organisation is diverse and our work is varied. Our structure comprises of six key business units; Corporate Services, Integrated Catchment Management, Asset Management, Māori Partnerships, Policy & Regulation, and the Executive Advisory Group which also consists of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management.

Our Asset Management Group is responsible for looking after a diverse portfolio of river and coastal engineering, flood scheme operations and maintenance and the regional park network.

About the Opportunity:

This vital leadership role will take responsibility for ensuring the effective day-to-day management of the Regional Asset function at HBRC. Team leadership will be your passion, as will coaching, mentoring and developing others - active contribution to a positive culture will come naturally to you. As a leader you will set strategic direction for Council’s engineering function, including our work around modelling for river and coastal processes, managing and maintaining flood mitigation schemes and overseeing our regional parks. Alongside all of this, you will lead the transition to a modern asset management approach aligned to ISO-55000, ensuring effective coordination and integration of all operational delivery, asset management planning and capital program management.

This is a career opportunity for the right person to step up and take the lead of a busy function within Regional Council.

About you:

We need a motivated and enthusiastic person who can hit the ground running in this busy and dynamic role. Having the skills to actively engage a variety of internal and external stakeholders will be essential to success! As a leader, you will be expected to positively lead the team, offer support, coaching and professional development opportunities to ensure their work meets the requirements of high-quality, efficient and effective delivery. A strong ability to self-manage with a drive for continuous improvement and the motivation to learn will serve you well in this position.

 Ideally you will also have:

  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree or equivalent tertiary qualification.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in a local government, utility or engineering consultancy organisation.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in river or coastal processes/ engineering/hydrology.
  • Experience in Asset Management with either NAMS, IIMM or ISO55000 standard.
  • Experience in strategic management in an infrastructure organisation.
  • Experience in leading a team in either an operations or asset management environment.
  • Experience in the development of either service delivery or asset management plans.
  • Knowledge of project management practices.

The salary range for this role will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Other benefits of working for our team include limited income protection and life insurance, subsidised eye tests and lenses, flu vaccinations, and other well-being initiatives. HBRC also has a strong commitment to developing and upskilling people within a flexible and supportive working environment. To see a full list of our benefits please visit our website:

All applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand.

We value diversity and as such we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status although applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand. HBRC is responsible for Civil Defence emergencies and as such, all staff may be called upon to support the response.

View the job description here

Applications close 30 July 2022


1 July 2022

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