Principal Advisor – Infrastructure Delivery

There’s a good chance you’ve 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.

New Zealand is currently delivering a major infrastructure programme, addressing significant investment deficits in many areas.  However, the current environment for delivering projects is challenging. Construction labour shortages are at their highest level since 1975 and we face ongoing risk of supply chain pressures and cost inflation.

Kōrero mō te Tūranga / About the Role

This is why we need you.  As part of our role, we work closely with those agencies tasked with delivering New Zealand’s complex projects to support them in the vital task they have been given.  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.

To do this - you will likely be a highly experienced Project Director, Commercial Manager or Quantity Surveyor with hands on experience on complex projects and a passion for sharing your insight to help New Zealand Government in becoming a centre of excellence in infrastructure delivery.  You will be expected to lead relationships at an agency level, be comfortable engaging on issues of substance to agency Chief Executive/Ministerial level and autonomously managing complex initiatives with multiple stakeholder interfaces.

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).

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.  

Ngā hua o te mahi i Te Waihanga / Benefits of Working at Te Waihanga

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 eligible 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 5pm 10 February 2023.

To be considered for this position you must have a legal right to live and work in New Zealand and be available to start immediately.  

Please note that we may begin shortlisting as we receive applications. We encourage early applications as we may withdraw the advertising at any time. 

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