Principal Project Manager

Principal Project Manager - System Design and Delivery

  • Exciting times for the New Zealand Transport Agency
  • Lead a major progamme of work
  • Influence the transport /construction industry and make a difference to your community
  • Located in our Auckland/Northland or Hamilton office


At the NZ Transport Agency, we're transforming our organisation because the world is changing and we are working to better meet the needs of New Zealand. Technology is making rapid changes to the way people connect and the transport choices we have, and customers and business want faster, easier and more personalised transport services. We're transforming so we can make the most of the future opportunities for New Zealand - join us.

Transport is on the cusp of a revolution. Technology, data, congestion and economic drivers are pushing our transport needs in a new direction.  We are embarking on an unprecedented period of growth in transport construction to meet New Zealand's future needs.

You will lead programmes of work that draw on your extensive experience in contract management, project delivery and procurement. You will ensure the projects are delivered on time with best value for investment.

This role will challenge you in working with various consultants and contractors as you drive and measure performance for best results and ensure best practice.  This requires effective relationship management at all levels and a strong knowledge and experience of developing high level project strategies. This is a key role for the Transport Agency as we are undertaking a highly significant programme of work.

This role will require some degree of travel, as you will be working on various projects, across the region.  

To be successful here and in this role you will offer:

  • 15 years' experience in project /programme management, including programme, financial & risk management
  • Experience in analysing complex engineering problems and solutions
  • Experience with advanced procurement models
  • Broad experience in road construction works and an in depth knowledge of the processes involved in planning, designing and building
  • Experience in managing contracts within the road transport area and a sound understanding of NZS3910
  • Experience in engaging with both internal and external stakeholders


An engineering qualification or project management experience within the transport/engineering sector is desirable, as is a Chartered Professional Engineer qualification (CPEng or equivalent) and a professional membership of IPENZ (MIPENZ).

 This is truly an exciting time to make history in a sector committed to improving the lives of New Zealanders.

This role can be based in Auckland / Northland or Hamilton.

Applications close: 31/8/2017.  Applications will be assessed throughout the advertising process

For a copy of the position description and to apply:

For further information please contact Lesley Hardy 04 894 6284 or Katie Diggins 04 894 6213 or email :

To be considered for this position you must have a legal right to live and work in New Zealand.


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