Manager Regional Projects
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Wellington, Wellington, NZ
6d ago
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Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is one of New Zealand's 11 regional councils responsible for Aotearoa’s natural environment and resource management.

We manage the effects that people and animals have on freshwater, land, air and coastal water as well as biodiversity, regional parks, flood protection, emergency management, environmental education and regional transport.

We 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.

We are looking for a Manager - Regional Projects to complement our growing team!


This is a recently formed position and an exciting opportunity for a full-time Manager - Regional Projects seeking to work in a dynamic and multidisciplinary team in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.

This is a permanent role to lead the project delivery team, implement project management processes and contribute to a significant systems upgrade

Reporting to the Group Manager - Asset Management you will manage 5 direct reports. Ultimately, your primary responsibility will be to provide day-to-day management of the Regional Projects function at Council.

You will ensure there is strong leadership of the team including setting the strategic direction in accordance with Council policy and goals, legislative frameworks, and the needs of the community.

Furthermore, you will :

  • Oversee the capital program, develop short and long-term goals to assess value and scalability;
  • Manage the capital works program expanding and improving stopbanks, flood control, drainage schemes, pump stations and invest in the regional park network;
  • Develop tenders, design, and manage contracts, including reporting to central

  • government on Crown-funded Covid recovery programs and;
  • Collaborate with Māori businesses to upskill and provide opportunities through social procurement objectives.

    As a key asset to the team you’ll optimistically mentor, support, and provide development opportunities to achieve optimum project delivery.


    If you possess these traits :

  • Active and optimistic leadership in a way that fosters harmony;
  • Proactive planning, resourcing, and problem-solving, and;
  • Set an example of drive, innovation, and flexibility with change

    Paired with these technical skills :

  • Relevant tertiary qualification / s in engineering;
  • Around 10 years practical experience in infrastructure project delivery in either local government, utility, or engineering consultancy;
  • Demonstrable leadership, procurement, local government, and project management experience;
  • Strong comprehension of technical and practical application in contract documentation and management;
  • Familiarity with New Zealand specifications and procedures associated with Regional Council infrastructure, and;
  • You will thrive in this role!


    At Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, we enthusiastically promote the concept of continuous improvement. In line with our vibrant and progressive workplace, you can enjoy abundant staff benefits, such as :

    Financial Benefits

    An exceptional salary up to $130,000 per annum - commensurate with your skills and experience PLUS KiwiSaver (optional super), ten days sick leave, subsidised bus travel, income protection and life insurance cover and Council will consider relocation assistance negotiable upon qualifications, experience, and intended distance


    Contributions to general health, eye and skin checks, optional annual flu vaccines, & an employee assistance program

    Learning and Development

    Professional development, training, and on-the-job learning with options for study leave and potential growth into a more senior council role


    Flexible working options for work-life balance, sport sponsorships, an active social club, staff support group, paid leave for community service / volunteering days

    Join Hawke's Bay Regional Council today!

    Our Council works with the region’s industries, farmers, iwi and communities to ensure the sustainable use, development and protection of our environment to support a strong regional economy.

    We have over 300 staff at the Regional Council - working from four locations across the region. Our staff carry out day-to-day work and provide the information and expertise to support our Councillors in making sound decisions for the region.

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