Regional Planning Engineer


Wellington Water

Regional Planning Engineer

Who are we?

We manage the drinking water, wastewater, and storm water services from source to sea for our client councils, who are the Hutt, Porirua, Upper Hutt and Wellington city councils, South Wairarapa District Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council. We partner with the community, engineering consultants and contractors on water services projects, water conservation, operations work and asset planning.

The Customer Operations Group leads the operations and maintenance of the network on behalf of client councils and is the first point of contact in responding to client and customer requests. The group's outcomes are delivered through an innovative alliance, comprising people and resources from Wellington Water and Fulton Hogan working together to achieve high-performance for the Wellington community.

Where you come in?

Reporting to the Manager Customer Planning, the Regional Planning Engineer has three direct reports. You will lead, train, and motivate your team's performance and Health and Safety culture.

Key areas of delivery include the reduction of water consumption and planning of leak detection, backed-up with timely reporting, and scheduled operating procedures. You will manage strong relationships with our customer base through your technical advice, whilst engaging providers to undertake repairs and maintain accurate records. You will also manage, and report sanitary survey investigations associated with global storm water consent sampling and investigation. You will lead programmes around stormwater and wastewater inflow, infiltration, and exfiltration. You will also proactively identify network condition and report on asset performance data, updating maintenance plans and ensuring works are completed to programme.

You will be managing relationships externally with Clients, Council, and associated stakeholders and internally with Service Panning, Network Engineering and Network Management Groups through coordinating programme activities to deliver catchment environmental and human health targets.

To be successful in this role, you will be highly skilled in the following:

  • Working knowledge of statutory legislation, including Local Government Act, Resource Management Act, Health and Safety legislation
  • Staff leadership
  • Customer service and relationship management
  • Asset management
  • Operation and maintenance of water supply, wastewater, and stormwater systems
  • Risk management
  • Computer mapping/drafting tools and general software
  • Project and contract management
  • Budget management and value creation

What's in it for you?

It's an exciting time to join our organisation. We have some big aspirations to continue as an innovative centre of excellence for the management of three waters in the region. Your personal and professional growth will be encouraged, and you will work alongside likeminded people who are passionate about their work and have a strong sense of purpose for the region and its councils.


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