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Title:  Project Manager - Buildings

Date:  06-May-2022

Wellington, KiwiRail Holdings Ltd, NZ, 6011

Business unit:  Construction Delivery
Position status:  Fixed Term
Employment type:  Full Time
Level of experience:  Experienced

KiwiRail has embarked on one of the most challenging, high profile and unique construction programmes in a generation. We have committed to building two bespoke, greener, rail-enabled ferries, and new sustainably constructed port infrastructure in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington and Waitohi Picton by 2025.


Te mea angitu kei a tatou: The opportunity we have

We require a Project Manager with skills in the construction of large and complex buildings to join us to add technical expertise, and programme knowledge, to these iconic, safe, sustainable terminal build projects.


The main purpose of the roles is assisting the Terminal Programme Managers and terminal delivery teams with effective leadership, procurement, and management of suppliers for the delivery of the Terminal redevelopments. We have two positions, one based in Picton and one in Wellington.


You will be the primary delivery contact for the Building works scope of the terminal redevelopment, and have responsibility for facilitating constructability input into design and manage construction of the terminals around ongoing operations while ensuring delivery integration and interfacing of the works delivered by other contracted parties.


If you have a desire to join an engineering-driven programme with multiple technical disciplines working together on a complex critical piece of New Zealand Infrastructure – this is the opportunity.


You can learn more about this once in a generation programme here:


He aha nga pukengae rapu ana tatou: What skills are we looking for

Key responsibilities:


  • Assisting in the development and monitoring of the terminals master programme
  • Assisting in the development of the terminal designs
  • Procurement activities including preparing tender documentation and negotiation
  • Developing project execution and management plans
  • Leading the development of robust and integrated construction sequencing plans
  • Managing interfaces and ensuring appropriate coordinator with the project team, KiwiRail business units, and all external stakeholders
  • Updating and monitoring risk register, managing and reporting on budgets
  • Ensuring that the project team is resourced and has the capability to deliver


To be successful in this role, you will have:


  • 10+ years’ experience working on complex commercial building construction projects
  • Experience with project planning, programming, budgeting, risk management, and reporting practices to ensure overall commercial outcomes are achieved
  • Ability to work effectively and without detailed supervision in an ambiguous and changing environment
  • Experience in safely delivering complex projects while maintaining existing operations


As a highly experienced Project Manager, you will see the big picture and have the discipline and continually work towards this while dealing with short term distractions as necessary and without compromising attention to detail or accuracy.


Importantly, you will have excellent interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills with the ability to obtain buy-in from a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.


Your benefits:

  • Competitive remuneration
  • 5 weeks annual leave
  • Access to discounted travel, health insurance & holiday houses across NZ as part of our Staff Welfare Trust


Hononga Whaikaha. Oranga mo Aotearoa.  Stronger Connections.  Better New Zealand.  

Our Kiwirail team is like a family; we love what we do, and we thrive in this busy and upbeat environment. KiwiRail is committed to attracting, developing and retaining people by offering a motivating and inclusive workplace in which talent is truly recognised and rewarded.  We are proudly committed to promoting an inclusive culture that plays an important role in the success of our business.  We actively encourage everyone to consider becoming part of our journey.


We are building a new team of dedicated, passionate people who will come together to create a legacy for New Zealand. There is an energy and excitement around this programme. If you enjoy collaborating with other people, can communicate ideas well and have the technical expertise to contribute to the programme, we would love to hear from you.


Applications close: 5th of June

We reserve the opportunity to close the role early if suitable applicants are found.


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