Water Team Leader

The opportunity:

Are you looking to take the next step in your career? Looking to work in a smaller organisation where you can directly influence and benefit from your effort? We are looking for an exceptional individual to lead our Wellington team of water engineers and modellers. The role will involve project delivery and client management responsibilities, so we're looking for someone with strong consulting skills.

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

You will bring your own specialist technical skills in water consulting to lead your team through delivery of projects, such as water sensitive design, modelling, engineering, flood risk assessment, environmental science and infrastructure planning.

You will be confident in managing clients, identifying new opportunities, scoping and negotiating contracts and then managing the delivery.

You will care about your team, taking an interest in their professional development and supporting them as they grow. You will be well versed in working with other leaders across the business to prioritise, plan and schedule work.  

Awa is open to candidates from a wide range of backgrounds such as environmental management, earth science, geography, engineering or a related disciplines. A bachelors degree is required with postgraduate or double degree preferable.

You will also be able to demonstrate:

  • ability to lead and develop staff
  • experience leading client relationships
  • ability to translate complex technical information to clients
  • ability to translate and communicate 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
  • entitlement to work in New Zealand because you are a New Zealand or Australian citizen or have a residence visa

Some additional skills that would be beneficial include:

  • experience in engineering options assessment and design projects
  • experience in growth, infrastructure, catchment and flood planning
  • comfortable leading projects with complex information and technology components, especially GIS
  • 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
  • experience with engineering design tools such as Civil3D, 12D or AutoCAD
  • a practical attitude and a keen interest in contributing to Awa's modelling software and service automation products
  • experience working in rapidly growing and dynamic organisation
  • Your team
  • Regional Managers
  • Clients
  • General Manager Operations
  • Managing Director

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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.