Senior Project Managers / Kaea Hinonga
Rotorua Lakes Council CLOSES 31st October
RLC

Position Description

Rotorua Lakes Council (RLC) has a large and significant project portfolio underway over the next five years that continues to deliver strongly on the Rotorua 2030 Vision and we want to appoint experienced Senior Project Managers to the following roles:

Senior Project Manager

This role will be involved in a variety of important place making, construction, planning, infrastructure and Council projects and we are looking for an experienced and talented Senior Project Manager to oversee the delivery of these projects. As an indication of the scale of work underway, the budgeted RLC capital spend this financial year is $146m with a similar quantum next financial year, across projects ranging from under $1m to $52m in size. 

This role will functionally report to the Project Management Office Delivery Lead and on a day to day basis work closely with the Project Sponsor(s) and cross-functional project teams. You will be responsible for managing and successfully delivering a range of projects from initiation to closure.

Given the ongoing project workload and recent positive experience with internal project managers, our preferred model is to employ talented project managers internally rather than reliance on external consulting services. As a project manager joining RLC, you will be well supported by the Project Management Office and have a role in building the RLC project management capability. Building a professional approach to project management and supporting project managers across other business units in their career development is a priority at RLC.

Senior Project Manager – Homes & Thriving Communities

We are looking for someone ideally with social policy, planning or urban design experience to support the delivery of Council's Homes and Thriving Communities strategic objectives.  This role reports to the Portfolio Manager and will work with the Homes and Thriving Communities Programme Managers and other professionals. 

You will be responsible for delivering key projects and initiatives that empower our communities and enable the development of housing at scale across the district as well as community safety and locality planning initiatives.

As a skilled Senior Project Manager you will have experience of working in a strategically driven programme environment with proven experience of working collaboratively with Government agencies and a broad range of subject matter experts including; strategists, planners, engineers and external contractors. 

We are looking for an effective communicator with the ability to coach, mentor and provide effective support and guidance to delivery teams both internal and external to the Council.  Familiarity with local government strategy, planning and infrastructure is desirable however; our key focus is to recruit a Senior Project Manager that can demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to various projects and environments within a large scale, multi-agency programme setting.

This is a complex and critical portfolio and we therefore encourage candidates to refer to the Council's Homes and Thriving Communities Strategic Framework before applying and welcome candidates to contact us with any queries relating to the role.

The successful candidates will be highly computer literate with a proven track record of producing project documentation and maintaining accurate project data.

Being a territorial authority, compliance with all relevant legislation, Council determinations, and Council policies is essential, as is a good understanding of engagement and stakeholder management. 

We value our team members and offer ongoing support and tools to enable them to be effective in their role including flexible working arrangements, training opportunities, mobile phone and laptop for business purposes.

In addition to exciting and rewarding projects, these positions offer the ability to work in one of New Zealand's greatest recreational hot spots. Rotorua offers exceptional recreational activities right on your doorstep, a great climate, and a friendly, welcoming culture, all from an affordable and central location. Our pristine lakes, native and indigenous forests, geothermal hot springs, rivers and reserves are a playground loved by our residents and guests alike.

If you value having more freedom and time with your family and friends, feeling part of a community, and working in a growing city with the great vibe of events, attractions and fantastic recreation options, then making your next career step here is a truly positive choice.

Te Arawa is a key partner of Council and a major stakeholder in many of our projects and programmes so a high level of engagement and collaboration with iwi will be required. The successful applicant(s) will therefore need to be comfortable working in a bicultural framework, with knowledge of Te Ao Maori and preferably some te reo Maori competency, as well as and proven experience in engaging with iwi in a culturally appropriate manner.

To be successful in these roles you will have:

  • Bachelor's degree, ideally in business, social policy, planning or urban design, engineering or related field that demonstrates ability to think critically and solve problems
  • 10 years' experience managing large or complex construction projects and/or programmes including a sound knowledge of NZ3910
  • Formal project management training or certification (e.g. Prince2, PMP, Agile)
  • Demonstrated ability to lead project teams
  • Demonstrated commercial acumen and understanding of business drivers
  • A good understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi and the ability to contribute professionally within a bicultural environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail, high quality standards, and excellent organisational skills
  • The ability to understand and apply relevant building legislation and regulations
  • Programme Management experience and public sector experience would be an added advantage.

If you believe you have what it takes to successfully deliver projects at RLC then we would love to hear from you. Please submit a covering letter, your CV, at least two employment referees, and evidence of at least three large relevant projects you have recently completed/been involved with.