Environmental Client Manager

The opportunity:

This is a unique opportunity for an environmental  programme manager to lead client relationships and manage the delivery of programmes and projects. You'll be hands-on, contributing to deliverables, QA, reporting and developing areas aligned to your particular experiences. As one of New Zealand’s leading suppliers of hydraulic modelling and related geospatial services, Awa is an ideal place to further hone your client delivery skills while also sharpening your technical chops.

We're looking for someone to join our Wellington team where you'll be leading our water-based modelling, engineering and catchment planning projects. It's likely you will have been in an engineering or modelling role as you'll need to understand what our clients expect as well as the relevant industry standards and statutory requirements that we work under. Awa has an in-house software development team and you'll have the opportunity to bring client-centric priorities to our software product roadmap.

Reports to:
Central Regional Manager
Direct reports (approx):
Primary work location:
About you:

You will be a driven and innovative thinker, keen to contribute to building Awa's capability and culture. You have strong consulting experience and are seeking the opportunity to work alongside our growing modelling and water engineering team. Awa is open to candidates from a wide range of backgrounds such as environmental management, earth science, geography, engineering or a related discipline. A bachelors degree is required with postgraduate or double degree preferable. You will be able to demonstrate:

  • experience leading client relationships
  • ability to translate complex technical information to clients
  • proven programme and project delivery skills, with project director experience desirable
  • ability to set up contracts, manage budgets and prepare invoices
  • experience working in projects that used hydrological and hydraulic water models such as DHI's modelling suite (Mike Flood, Urban, Mike 21, Mike 11), InfoWorks ICM or TuFlow
  • comfortable leading projects with complex information and technology components, especially GIS
  • experience in engineering options assessment and design projects
  • experience in growth, infrastructure, catchment and flood planning
  • exposure to engineering design tools such as Civil3D, 12D or AutoCAD will be useful for working with the engineering team
  • a practical attitude and a keen interest in contributing to Awa's modelling software and service automation practices
  • excellent communication skills
  • organised and methodical approach to planning and delivery
  • an eye for detail, but able to keep the big picture in mind
  • a desire to look out for the well-being of colleagues and others
  • are entitled to work in New Zealand because you are a New Zealand or Australian citizen or have a residence visa
  • work productively within a collaborative and geographically distributed team environment, autonomously as required
  • owning key client relationships
  • leading project teams

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Position location:


Well known as a cultural hub, Wellington is a popular destination for travellers and visiting professionals wanting a taste of the New Zealand lifestyle.  The compact size of the city centre is very walkable adding to the attractiveness of the many exotic eateries, craft beer options, and boutique shops.  Wellington weather is never boring and while the windy days are often the first thing mentioned, make no mistake that there are just as many pristine days as well.  Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the coast and forests that are on Wellington's doorstep as well as other popular destinations just a stone's throw further north or a ferry ride across the Cook Strait in the picturesque South Island.