Principal Advisor Investments - Kaitohutohu Matua, Metlink

It’s an exciting time to be in public transport, with growing support to deliver economic, social and environment benefits including addressing climate change. The Principal Advisor – Investments plays a pivotal role in delivering these outcomes by overseeing the assessment, prioritisation and funding processes for Metlink’s multi-billion dollar long term investment program.

About Greater Wellington and Metlink:

There's a lot more to us than meets the eye. Here at Greater Wellington Regional Council, we're working on the big things that will impact everyone in our region. Ensuring we have uninterrupted access to drinking water, staying safe from the threat of flooding, protecting and enhancing the environment, improving the quality of our fresh water, ensuring we are all connected through our public transport network and planning ahead for the potential impact of climate change across our region. We're people who are genuinely passionate about the work we do, because we believe what we do counts.

Every day we have thousands of people travelling with Metlink (across rail, bus, harbour ferry and Total Mobility) and every one of those journeys matters to us. Our role is to plan, develop, promote and deliver public transport services and supporting infrastructure in the Wellington region. Our goal is to be more than just a public transport service, we want to be a symbol of pride for the Wellington region, an integral part of what makes living in our region great.

About the role:

Ultimately the Principal Advisor - Investments will be responsible for the success of Metlink’s funding and investment program. You will drive improvements in Metlink’s investment capability, performance, and contribute to prioritising investments that provide clear social and economic benefits to the wider Wellington Region. You will have a specific focus on lifting the capability of the Group’s ability to evaluate and assess investment performance over time. This includes identifying and assessing opportunities for continuous improvement and change in the form of investment advice to the General Manager Metlink, Chief Executive, Board and Councillors as appropriate.

You will ensure that robust business cases are developed for all service changes and capital investments, and manage relationships and processes to ensure a successful co–funding relationship with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. You will be responsible for managing the integration of various processes required to secure Metlink’s long term budget which will include consideration of fare strategies as well as local and central government funding.

The Principal Advisor – Investments is considered part of the extended Metlink leadership team and will also come with a variety of internal and external project management responsibilities. You will be able to lead and manage change across the Group, and will have extensive experience at engaging and being influential at a senior management and governance level. You will proactively champion the sharing of knowledge and take an active role in mentoring and coaching others.

To be successful you will need to be a naturally ‘strategic thinker’ who can both critically review and promote investments though a variety of quantitative and qualitative tools. You’ll need to work in a collaborative fashion and become a trusted advisor to senior leaders while also supporting and developing more junior members / analysts in delivering high grade analysis. Most importantly you must be able convincingly convey the benefits of various investment opportunities to Peers, Senior Management and Politicians alike.

Skills and experience required:

  • An appropriate tertiary qualification, ideally with a business, finance, or science background (or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience)

  • Significant experience working with investment systems and processes, including economic analysis, budget and accountability requirements and the use of performance information to inform decision-making

  • Significant experience developing business cases and budget bids in either the private or public sectors

  • Understanding of business planning cycles and processes, budgeting cycles, contestable funding processes and third-party monitoring

  • Ability to undertake financial analysis and oversee / peer review investment modelling in relation to funding requests, complex investments, and/or investment portfolios

  • Ability to undertake investment monitoring and reporting, to support risk management and assurance

  • Successful experience working with and influencing Chief Executives, boards and senior executives

  • An ability to build consensus with multiple parties on performance frameworks, measurement and reporting

  • Demonstrated experience providing quality, comprehensive reports at a senior level, including business case development, which cover benefits realisation, risk management and quality assurance aspects

  • An ability to communicate with a wide range of audiences on complex issues to a high standard and delivering messages in plain English

  • A track record of creating practical solutions to complex and ambiguous problems

  • Experience in transport or infrastructure an advantage

  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship management and influencing skills

How to apply:

Click on the “Apply” link to view the job description and to apply for the role with a cover letter and CV.

For further information, please contact Tim Shackleton

Applications close: Friday, 21 May 2021

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Permanent Full Time

Job no: DZFM147849

Location: Wellington City

Closing Date: Friday, 21 May 2021