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Project Manager (Wellington)

  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Full Time - Permanent

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 commitment to building long term relationships and supporting our customers with high calibre services and solutions; the talents of our people; and consistent excellence in operational delivery sets us apart.

Our Transport Projects Division are involved in some of the most demanding projects in some of the most challenging locations across New Zealand.  Our Teams are involved in large scale multi-million dollar projects across all civil infrastructure disciplines. We are currently delivering a large number of key major projects including the Plimmerton Area Capacity Enhancements (PACE), SH58 Safety Improvements, LGWM Thorndon Quay & Hutt Road, Various ECI contracts Upgrade and there are several other exciting opportunities on the horizon.

Based in Wellington, this role will provide a diverse and challenging opportunity to help capture, deliver, and grow our business including the effective and successful delivery of projects managed.

About the role:

Reporting to the Regional Operations manager, as the Project Manager you will provide leadership and direction across the project teams which include Engineers, Supervisors, Forepersons, Administration and Sub-contracting staff, providing the link between the frontline workforce, our customers and the communities we live in.

Day to day you will be involved in:

  • Managing project budgets and financial project reporting
  • Managing resources including staff, plant, suppliers, subcontractors and materials
  • Supporting and mentoring the project team
  • Ensuring commitment to zero harm, HSE and environmental compliance
  • Establishing and maintaining strong relationships with staff, customers, stakeholders

About you:

  • The ability to drive profitability and results through operational excellence on time and to budget
  • Broad engineering knowledge ideally with experience across roading, structures, rail and three water projects
  • High level of emotional intelligence to work with and build strong relationships with employees, clients, subcontractors, stakeholders and walks the talk
  • Strong commercial and contractual knowledge
  • Experience in leading, facilitating and inspiring a team of project staff
  • Proven management experience with responsibility and accountability for employees, plant and return on investment
  • Excellent commercial acumen
  • Demonstrated history in developing a culture of Zero Harm
  • Minimum of 5 years + Project Management experience, tertiary qualified
  • Strong track record in the delivery of successful projects

In return we offer:

We provide genuine training opportunities and career development, the ability to transfer to different parts of New Zealand and of course long-term job security.

  • Guaranteed full-time hours – minimum 40 hours per week
  • Tools of trade provided including uniform and PPE gear
  • Access to a range of company benefits and partnered discounts
  • Pay range: $130,000 - $180,000 (negotiable on experience)

To apply for this role please go to and search for reference number 596196.

The successful applicant will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test & medical.

The Downer NZ Recruitment office will be closed from Friday, 23 December 2022 and we will be back on deck on Monday, 9 January 2023.   If you submit an application during this period please note that we will review your details and update you upon our return.  Wishing you a safe and festive holiday season.

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