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Senior Civil Engineer Transport and Roading

Engineering and Construction
Queenstown, Otago
May 9, 2024

Live, work and play in Aotearoa New Zealand’s most spectacular setting.

As New Zealand’s fastest growing territorial authority no two days at Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) are the same. Employing over 600 people and growing, QLDC provides services, facilities, and programmes essential to the health and wellbeing of their continually expanding population and environment.

QLDC’s team take pride and are motivated by a shared purpose underpinned by care, connection, and community. Your role and contribution will sit at the heart of a dynamic and diverse set of communities where you will have a genuine opportunity to make a difference every day.

This opportunity is for a Senior Civil Engineer Transport and Roading, to join the busy, high performing Property and Infrastructure team. You will have access to hybrid working practices, a host of employee benefits (including highly discounted access to health and fitness facilities), and a genuine commitment to supporting you and your teams ongoing training and career development.

The Opportunity

$2b of planned capital works across the next 10 years, will invariably bring landmark projects with technical and operational challenge but above all will drive the need to grow the skills of your engineering team. You will be at the centre of reviewing and facilitating the high-quality technical delivery of Transport and Roading capital infrastructure within the Property, Infrastructure, and Parks and Reserves departments. Your role as a senior is about providing technical support and guidance and sharing your knowledge with construction and intermediate level engineers delivering Transport and Roading infrastructure projects across the District. Ensuring quality, consistency, and continuity of technical project outcomes with a focus on continuous improvement is the goal.

Your oversight and guidance to Project teams during all project phases, will provide particular attention and high-level checks to design calculations, safety design reviews and adherence to relevant standards including the QLDC Land Development and Subdivision Code of Practice (LDSCP). This will see you engaging with industry suppliers and professionals ensuring the right level of professional and technical service and advice. 

Your influence and participation begins at project scoping and planning ensuring technical risks are identified and designs align with annual project outcomes. This will see you also sitting on QLDC’s internal governance group for technical gateway approvals.

Your Value

Whilst you will need to utilise your Project Management skills and training (e.g. PMP, PRINCE2) from an oversight perspective, it is your Senior Engineering skill base, qualifications, knowledge, and experience that is foremost required to make the difference and deliver with excellence.

You will bring 8+ years relevant experience within Transport and Roading infrastructure project delivery underpinned by a Bachelor or possibly Diploma of Engineering.

Your experience in representing client-side in design reviews, and leading technical assurance will be a core part of your role.

Beyond this you will be expected to demonstrate strong technical competence and sound decision making capability in Transport and Roading, design from a management and sustainability perspective, risk identification and mitigation, and infrastructure planning and implementation. 

In order to be successful in the role your strong and clear communication skills, including solid independent technical report writing together with well-developed negotiation and commercial skills will be your key tools in your toolbox.

This is an excellent opportunity to be involved in key infrastructural work whilst living in one of the best playgrounds in the country.

Applications close 24 May 2024

To be considered you must contact Echelon Group directly as applications through other agencies will not be considered or accepted.

Gerald van Looy

For a confidential enquiry, contact Gerald van Looy

Tel: 03 335 3272
Mob: 021 302 888

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