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Construction Operations Manager


Construction, Architecture & Interior Design
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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.

Downer New Zealand is a leading provider of integrated services. 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.

In support of our growth strategy, the Waikato region has an exciting opportunity to lead our high performing team as a Construction Operations Manager.

The role will see you leading our team of Project Managers and working closely with our Transport Services business to enhance our position in the market place, implement sound commercial delivery and financial processes that ensure Downer deliver with excellence. The continuance and development of key customer relationships is of upmost priority while allowing the Downer business to continue to flourish and develop - always looking to improve and identify smart client focused solutions.

About the role

In this key leadership role, and as part of our Transport Services team, you'll work alongside the Construction and Regional Manager in setting and executing our strategy. You will be responsible for development and delivery of the long term construction strategy with sustainable growth and excellence in delivery.

Your focus will be to promote and drive:

  • Our strategic business development in the areas of Roading and Civil Construction
  • Construction best practice across the region
  • Development of construction capability within the Project Management and delivery teams
  • A risk management approach to optimise delivery of the regional programme
  • Development and succession of operational teams

About You

As an experienced Senior Construction Manager, you'll bring with you a proven record of putting people first through providing decisive and inclusive leadership to your teams and the wider business. In addition you'll also have:

  • Strategic planning skills, focused on delivering BAU with excellence whilst growing our market
  • Strong oral and written communication skills including the ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Demonstrated capability in regards to financial and performance management
  • Extensive construction experience in delivering contracts including demonstrated capability in tendering, commercial acumen, project controls, programme management and resource planning.

With Downer having long term maintenance contracts as base workload and a number of exciting opportunities in the market in future years, this is a fantastic time to join our business and be a key part of our success.

About you
You'll need to be commercially focused and will bring with you proven experience of project financial/contractual management and strong commercial acumen in either a project or project support environment. You also have:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent (BSc, RICS, NZCQS or equivalent)
  • Excellent people skills including a total commitment to creating a Zero Harm workplace
  • Ability to influence and negotiate effectively with clients and sub-contractors
  • Well-developed written, verbal and computer/software skills


A role with us can enable you to develop and enhance your skills and experience. This is a great opportunity for you to join our diverse and inclusive culture and be part of a great team thriving in a collaborative fast-paced environment. We will reward you with a competitive remuneration package, flexible working arrangements, great training and ongoing development, and the opportunity to advance your career within our organisation.

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, head to www.downercareers.co.nz and enter reference number 573369 to apply.

Downer NZ is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture

Our workplaces are drug and alcohol free - all successful applicants will be required to undertake a pre-employment drug test and 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.

Advertised: 10 Feb 2021 New Zealand Daylight Time
Applications close: 07 Mar 2021 New Zealand Daylight Time

Hamilton, NSW

Construction, Architecture & Interior Design


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