Director, Projects and Programmes – Infrastructure Delivery

You may have heard of Te Waihanga. We’re small (but mighty) and haven’t been around long by government standards. But our job is as big as it gets, helping New Zealand get the right infrastructure, whether it’s transport connections that get us from a to b, water and power connections needed to support affordable homes, or schools and hospitals that support our communities. 

All this is why we need you. 

Currently, New Zealand’s delivery results are not keeping pace with our infrastructure needs and therefore we seek to meet quality standards of other high-income countries. 

At the same time, increasing emphasis on ensuring that infrastructure delivers broader value in terms of economic, environmental and social benefits places new demands on how we fund, procure and deliver infrastructure projects.

In order to build better infrastructure, we need to support the New Zealand Government in becoming a centre of excellence in infrastructure delivery.  Ensuring that we have the institutions, structures and oversight in place to ensure every infrastructure project is a success.  We need to use our independent role as a Commission to promote a strategic and co-ordinated approach to the delivery of current and proposed infrastructure projects.

We’re after someone to become a key senior member of the Delivery Team, responsible for leading our infrastructure delivery advice and support to critical infrastructure delivery agencies.  The role reports to the General Manager, Infrastructure Delivery and will be expected to collaborate with the wider Delivery team and others throughout the organisation.

Key responsibilities in the role include:

  • Strengthening Te Waihanga’s impact on the delivery of infrastructure in New Zealand by ensuring that any infrastructure delivery advice given is world class, joined-up and consistent.
  • Providing leadership in the public sector and infrastructure sector on infrastructure related issues as an advocate for best practice in infrastructure delivery practices.
  • Providing direct oversight and/or leadership to specified high-risk infrastructure delivery projects.
  • Developing the interconnectedness of infrastructure leaders both locally and globally by facilitating and promoting subject matter forums, educational opportunities or learning tours.
  • Supporting enduring improvements in the way in which New Zealand delivers infrastructure by working with those within our largest projects to share knowledge and insight, through means such as case studies and technical papers providing lessons and recommendations to help others.

To do this, it would be beneficial if you have experience working within the public sector and are aware of current Government guidelines relevant to Infrastructure delivery. You will also have relevant tertiary qualification (e.g. engineering, accounting, finance, commerce/business or law).  

It’s desirable that you have a track record of Continuing Professional Development in subjects pertinent to Infrastructure delivery.

You will also need to be a whizz at things like:

  • Providing leadership in the public sector and infrastructure sector on infrastructure.
  • Infrastructure project planning, procurement and/ or delivery at a senior level.
  • Working collaboratively with others.
  • Communicating and connecting your work to the bigger picture.
  • Effectively managing direct reports.
  • Delegating effectively to junior members of the team, and efficiently manage the work of those reporting directly to you, including by providing direction and removing roadblocks where required. 

In this role you will also need to demonstrate a willingness to engage with Te Ao Māori perspectives and frameworks.

Mō te tīma / About our team

Te Waihanga is what’s called an Autonomous Crown Entity or, even better, an ACE. We think about the whole infrastructure system - roads, waterpipes, powerlines, you name it – and our job is to give advice and uncover the insights that can make it all work as well as it can, supporting an Aotearoa that’s great for the generations to come.  

Our people are smart and passionate about this stuff. Sometimes too passionate - hence the need for an expert in making it accessible to others! They’re friendly and, this being a relatively small organisation, it’s easy to work with anyone here and to have an impact. We don’t do hierarchy or stand on ceremony.  

We also value our people, and it’s important to us that you feel welcome, supported, and respected.  


Here at Te Waihanga, we offer a great range of benefits to eligible permanent employees including:

  • Flexible working that supports the individual, the team and the organisation
  • Subsidised medical insurance for employees
  • Wellbeing allowance to support healthy living
  • Five weeks of annual leave per year
  • Support with learning and continued professional development

Tono mai / How to Apply 

Please take a look at the job description below and get in touch. We’d like to hear from you.  

To apply for this role, please apply below or email

Applications close on 3 February 2023.

Te Waihanga supports the NZ Government Covid vaccination programme and we strongly encourage our people to be vaccinated against Covid-19. To be considered for this position you must have a legal right to live and work in New Zealand.

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