Senior Project Manager – Kaea Hinonga

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. Within this is a variety of important place making, construction, planning and infrastructure projects (roading, water, transport) for experienced and talented project managers. As an indication of the scale of work underway, the budgeted RLC capital spend this financial year is $91m with a similar quantum next financial year, across projects ranging from under $1m to $52m in size.

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 in their career development is a priority at RLC.

In addition to exciting and rewarding projects these positions offer the ability to live 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 living 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.

The successful applicant/s will functionally report to the Project Management Office Manager and on a day to day basis work closely with the Project Sponsors and cross-functional project teams. You will be responsible for managing and successfully delivering a range of projects from initiation to close. 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. 

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 Aō Māori and preferably some te reo Māori competency, as well as and proven experience in engaging with iwi in a culturally appropriate manner.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree, ideally in business, 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 teamsDemonstrated commercial acumen and understanding of business drivers
  • A good understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (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 some of these exciting projects at Council (, 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 construction projects you have recently completed/been involved with.

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Permanent Full Time

Job no: KUAH047002

Location: Rotorua

Closing Date: Sunday, 6 December 2020