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Regional Manager - Waikato

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Work type: Full Time - Permanent
Location: Hamilton
Categories: Management

Downer has been designing, building and sustaining New Zealand’s infrastructure for over a century and is a leading provider of integrated services in Australia and New Zealand.

With over 12,000 employees in New Zealand, we work alongside some of New Zealand’s biggest businesses, councils and government agencies.

Our Transport Services business is a market leader, shaping and influencing the future of New Zealand’s infrastructure. Incorporating more than 2,500 employees, this business covers a diverse range of services including operations and maintenance of road, rail, port and airport infrastructure, material production and manufacturing, technical services, leading research and development facilities and a large asset base including fixed and mobile assets, with revenues exceeding $800m annually.

Our vision is to be the preferred partner for our customers, lead the way in our industries, attract and retain the very best people and keeping our people safe at all times. This is a highly people focussed role with great opportunities to shape, live and embed our culture of collaboration and trust.  It is all about working together to make things happen and leading from the front.

The Role
We are looking for a strong people leader with commercial savvy to join our team as our Waikato Regional Manager

This is a career defining opportunity to make a real difference to our highly successful and growing organisation in a senior leadership role.  Reporting to the General Manager, Central Region this senior leadership role will provide effective area wide leadership. As the Waikato Regional Manager you will drive a highly motivated and productive contract management team to consistently deliver services for Downer’s Transport Services clients.

You’ll focus on developing and implementing strategies to ensure profitable growth across all businesses in the area. The turnover of this business in circa $90M per annum, so plenty to keep busy. The portfolio of contracts is diverse including alliance’s, long term maintenance contracts and a new construction division.   And our client base includes the private sector, local and central government.  You will be combining enhancement of current performance and strategically growing the business to ensure relevance in the sector.

Over and above the day to day, as the Waikato Regional Manager, you will take an active role in supporting and delivering key regional and national initiatives. This includes monitoring and driving the regions completion and compliance against key tasks such as performance review cycles, operational business reviews and system/process implementation.

About you
You’ll be someone who will own the performance of your business.  To be successful you will have a strong track record of implementing and delivering sustainable business results, leading diverse teams and stakeholder management. It is paramount that you have a strong operational business management background to hit the ground running in this role. You will have previously had responsibility and accountability for staff, plant and return on investment in a large complex operation. 

It is preferable you have an understanding of long term funding sources for government and non-government clients, or be able to demonstrate how this knowledge will be gained. You’ll bring with you a dynamic and inspirational leadership style and a strategic mind-set.  

You'll come with demonstrated experience in delivering complex maintenance, construction and operations services, preferably from construction and infrastructure sectors.  And you'll have expertise as a senior leader who can create and deliver a strong customer focused culture.  

You’ll also be in possession of

  • emotional intelligence, courage and an innovative style of thinking,
  • a genuine commitment to Downer’s Zero Harm ethos,
  • passion and drive to put plans into action and bring others on that journey,
  • the ability to work under pressure in a fully integrated team environment,
  • proven business and commercial acumen,
  • excellent written and oral communication skills with an ability to influence and
  • proven customer relationship skills, both in building new and maintaining existing relationships.


Our organisation has significant size and scale and we can provide ongoing leadership development, career opportunities and the ability to be involved in some of the most prominent projects across New Zealand.

How to apply
This is an exciting opportunity to directly shape, influence and facilitate not only the financial performance of our business and be part of the strategic journey as we go through significant growth but also be part of shaping the future of New Zealand’s infrastructure.

Confidential enquiries can be made directly to Michele Christie, Recruitment Team Lead – Transport Services – michele.christie@downer.co.nz or 021 873 052 or visit www.downercareers.co.nz quote reference #563011 (please do not send applications to this email address – apply as per the instructions).

Please note that the successful applicant will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test & medical. 

Due to the fast-paced nature of Downer, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change, so don't delay and make sure you apply as soon as possible.


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