Manager – Project Management Office

  • Small city benefits, big city ambition
  • Make a positive impact contributing to city growth
  • Management level opportunity to make a mark on the future of the organisation


Palmerston North is a vibrant, progressive and ambitious city. The city is experiencing growth in all sectors and competes with other regional centres amidst technological and demographic change for capital, talent and visitors.

In this context Palmerston North City Council (PNCC) provides services to 90,000 residents, employing 600 staff across a broad range of functions. PNCC is leading a bold new vision for Palmerston North: small city benefits, big city ambition that will help the metro achieve its potential, capitalise on its strengths, and thrive in the future. To achieve any growth, the management of a variety of projects is key – this is where you’ll come in!

To continue to achieve our goals and visions, Palmerston North City Council has had an overhaul of its Infrastructure Unit. A key outcome of this was the establishment of a Project Management Office (PMO), which is responsible for the Infrastructure Units overall programme and project management function. We’re now in need of a proven senior manager to get the teams functionality up to full speed.

We can change the future of Palmerston North, one project at a time! Are you a skilled Programme/Project Management professional, keen to pass your knowledge onto a growing team? Are you looking for an opportunity to transform the future of a growing city?

The Manager – Project Management Office will report into the Chief Infrastructure Officer on the executive leadership team This is a role you can really make your mark on the future of the organisation - you’ll define PMO strategy and lead design and implementation of the project management framework for use Council wide. You’ll need to be familiar with the Local Government Act and associated legislation. You’ll also have a proved track record of successful stakeholder management and relationship building.

Your team is going to be key to delivering projects across the Infrastructure wide programme of works. You’ll have a tangible impact on the city, with your work in implementing key projects. As well as developing the skills of your team, you’ll be managing strategic and significant regional projects, so you get the best of both worlds!

If you’re looking for a role where you can bring together a new team and set up a high-functioning division that has real value for the city, look no further – Apply today!

To apply in strict confidence now, email your cover letter and CV to Error! Bookmark not quoting 681020sk. Applications close on 25th August 2019. Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

Click here to view Candidate Briefing and Position Description.

For more information please phone Larri Wallbridge on +64 21 0836 6531.

Permanent Full Time

Job no: 681020lg

Location: Palmerston North City

Closing Date: Sunday, 1 September 2019