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Title:  Project Engineer - Civil

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 Engineer with skills in the construction of large and complex earthworks, three waters, and pavement infrastructure to join us to add technical expertise, and programme knowledge, to these iconic, safe, sustainable terminal build projects. We have two positions, one based in Picton and one in Wellington.


As Project Engineer, you will provide the technical expertise needed to successfully plan, initiate, and deliver infrastructure projects and work packages.


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:


  • Providing technical leadership across detailed design, build, completion, and handover stages of projects and work packages
  • Contributing to the development of accurate and achievable project schedules and detailed budgets for the work
  • Contributing to the procurement, contract negotiations, and initiation of contracted work required to successfully deliver to project objectives
  • Working with internal stakeholders, engineering services, and consultants to develop fit-for-purpose design solutions that meet operational requirements, technical standards, and regulatory requirements
  • Identifying and securing all permits, approvals, access, materials and inspections required to deliver and complete all project work in line with legislated frameworks, standards and rules
  • Actively managing the quality of all work undertaken across the delivery lifecycle and by KiwiRail and external parties
  • Assisting delivery management in all aspects of financial forecasting and management
  • Contributing to the performance reporting required for all work undertaken
  • Identifying and addressing project risks and issues, escalating, and reporting in line with programme control disciplines


To be successful in this role, you will have:


  • 5+ years’ experience working on complex infrastructure projects including demolition, utilities, earthworks, pavements, and general civil works
  • Experience and ability to undertake constructability reviews of the design work
  • Experience in supervision, management, and reporting of construction activities  
  • Ability to develop detailed project plans and schedule of works for procurement and implementation   


As an experienced Project Engineer, 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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