Assistant Contract Manager - Water


Location: Southland

Job Type: Full time


Downer is an industry leader in water, we provide water services to a quarter of New Zealanders. We support our customers across the full asset lifecycle from the conceptual development of a project through design, construction, commissioning and whole-of-life support and optimisation.

From irrigation schemes stretching hundreds of kilometres to the design, build, operation and maintenance of water and wastewater treatment plant, we have the knowledge and collaborative approach to deliver high performance water infrastructure.

We are looking for a driven, fast-learning Assistant Contract Manager to join our Water team in Invercargill. You will work with our wider management team and will be partly responsible for the delivery of our key contracts with the Invercargill City Council & Southland District Council as well as help support the water construction/ civil projects within the region. This is a great role for a driven individual looking to make their mark, with the goal of moving into a Contract Manager position.

The assistant Contract Manager will work closely with the Contract Manager and respective clients to deliver successful and sustainable contracts and projects.

About the opportunity:

Organisation is key in this role, where you will be providing support/ or leading forward planning, coordinating resource and let’s not forget the best part – delivering high quality work to the community you live in. This is a hands-on role where you will work closely with our water maintenance/ construction teams and your day will include but not be limited to:

  • Producing project methodology, budgets and programmes
  • Collaborative Stakeholder Engagement and involvement in client meetings
  • Collaboratively working on Tenders’ submissions and quotations
  • Focusing on industry leading quality and health and safety
  • Overall responsibility for specific project implementation and delivery of the water contract
  • Directing and leading managers, supervisors, and their teams as well as sub-contractors

About you:

Ideally you will have a qualification in water, drainage, construction or similar, and you would need to be able to demonstrate success in Contract or Project Management experience. Ideally in water or drainage contracts, but not subject to. You’ll have positive leadership skills, collaborative by nature and the ability to lead and enable others and excel in utilising your adaptable communication skills.

Combining these together, you’ll be driven, committed and hard-working. You’ll have strong time management skills and enjoy working as part of a team. You’re passionate about delivering great results and can comfortably communicate with other managers and field staff to deliver on time and budget.

What’s in it for you?

A role with the Downer Water team 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 provide training and development opportunities to continue to strengthen your leadership and management skills, plus a competitive remuneration package reflective of your skills and experience.

Downer offers more than just the basics you'd expect from a large company. Our employee benefits are designed to develop the whole person, at home and at work. We have partnered with retail, health care, insurance and travel businesses to offer attractive discounts to assist you in everyday life.

How to apply:

If this sounds like an opportunity for you then register your interest at reference 594772.

  • 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.
  • 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. We would strongly encourage all candidates interested in these roles, to apply directly online through the portal provided otherwise your application will not be considered.
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