Distribution Operations Manager – Energy – Central North Island


Location: Bay Of Plenty, Manawatu-Wanganui, Taranaki

Job Type: Full time


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- Reshma Saujani

  • Secure your career with a leading NZ utilities services company
  • Lead a large team delivering electricity services for the central north island
  • Home depot can be in any of our central NI depots

About Downer Energy

The Downer New Zealand difference is that we are a leading provider of integrated services, which means we do work in every part of NZ’s infrastructure. Downer Energy is part of Downer NZ with the ambition to be a partner of choice for cities, rural heartland, communities, and industry partners. We work with some of New Zealand’s largest asset owners and energy providers to maintain their critical networks and assets across the country and connect every community. Our whole-of-life approach creates positive outcomes for all New Zealanders as we help to reduce carbon emissions, optimise energy and build a better Aotearoa. This is a time of growth for us to add more value to our customers and opportunities for our people in the dynamic Energy sector. There are more than 500 of us in the Energy team and nearly 12,000 nationwide in Downer NZ, and we are committed to being kaitiaki – guardians of New Zealand’s future.

About the role

You will lead a team to deliver and grow the electricity services for the central North Island region from Whitianga to the Wairarapa, from Tauranga across to Taranaki on behalf of Downer Energy’s most important customers.

Most of the team of around 330 people hold electrical qualifications and range from trainees to Managers. There are also regional administration teams who reside across the region plus a Service Management Centre in New Plymouth and Tauranga.

Delivery will be measured by operational excellence, strong people relationships, financial performance and ensuring that safety is the highest priority for everyone.

About you

We are looking for;

  • Leadership experience in the Electricity distribution industry
  • Proven performance delivering operational excellence
  • Solid track record managing large contracts
  • Strong understanding of Health and Safety principles and expectations
  • Confidence with people leadership, communication and influencing
  • Good financial management knowledge
  • Proficient with reporting and analytics.

What we offer

A role with us can advance your career and expand your skills. We offer you the opportunity to join our diverse and inclusive culture, and be part of a great team, working in a collaborative environment. We will reward you with a competitive remuneration package reflective of your skills and experience, flexible working arrangements, and all the tools of trade you need to do your job.

This is a great time to join the Downer team!

You can apply online and express your interest with reference number 594990. We prefer online applications. Once you click "Apply" you will be routed to our career website where you will be required to complete an on-line application. This will take quite a few minutes but please be patient with us and carefully fill this in and we will return the patience when you join the Downer Whānau.

  • 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.
  • Please note we have an in-house recruitment team that manage all our vacancies. No candidates presented through an agency will be considered for any of our roles advertised, unless previously arranged.
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