Water Operations Manager


Location: Bay Of Plenty

Job Type: Full time


Ko te take ka parekareka e koe ki te mahi ki kōnei | Why you will enjoy working here

Downer is committed to delivering excellence by ensuring our people have the environment and the means to be successful. We offer:

  • Company vehicle with some private use, and work phone included.
  • Fully subsidised access to Marram health care benefits and discounted holiday homes.
  • Progression and development programs on offer including our inspiring leader’s programme for top performers.
  • Well rounded employee benefits, including banking, health & wellness, insurance & travel.

Have a look at our other great benefits here! Or copy and paste the following link into your browser: people.downergroup.co.nz/downer-benefits/

Te kōwhiringa | The Opportunity

Downer is an industry leader in water, providing 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, results-orientated Water Operations Manager to join our busy Water team based in Tauriko, Tauranga. This role will be a part of the wider management team and will be vital in ensuring the effective delivery of our key contracts with the Tauranga City Council & Western Bay of Plenty District Council.

You will work closely with the Contract Manager, while providing leadership, guidance & development to the Supervisors reporting into you, and larger water team.

About the role:

Organisation is key in this role, people management will be a strength of yours, as well leading forward planning and coordinating resource.

This is a hands-on role; you will be responsible for:

  • Business unit efficacy, profitability & quality of work
  • Billing/Claiming management
  • Ensuring all Zero Harm and Quality requirements are met
  • Recruitment across the water team
  • KPI overview and performance
  • Fleet/Capex/Tools management
  • Managing admin team with workloads and performance
  • End of month financials, WIP and P&L
  • Business development
  • Ensuring that staff training and development plans are implemented.

Nga pūkenga matua | Important Skills

Ideally you will have a qualification or experience in water, drainage, mechanical or similar, and you would need to be able to demonstrate success in a Contract or Operational Management role, ideally in the operations and maintenance space or similar, 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.

Ko wai mātou | Our Organisation

Want to know more about what it is like to work at Downer? Then head to our People Site here! Or copy and paste the following link into your browser: people.downergroup.co.nz/join-our-utilities-team/

Me pēhea ki te tono | How to apply

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, click Apply Now to submit your application! The reference number for this role is 600767.

We are committed to a safe working environment for everyone - all successful applicants will be required to undertake a pre-employment drug test, medical and a Ministry of Justice check prior to starting employment. If you need support with this requirement, please talk to our team.

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