Water and Wastewater Operations Manager

Tararua offers you the lifestyle you have always dreamed of.  Take advantage of the adventure, scenic attractions, and country hospitality at its best!  If you are keen on tramping, hunting, fishing, or canoeing you will be spoilt for choice.  All the facilities are nearby; swimming pools, gyms, tennis courts and championship golf courses.  The Tararua District provides an enviable lifestyle and work location.

Are you a leader with a great understanding of water and wastewater treatment?

Are you a problem solver who can assess risks and implement pragmatic solutions?

Are you committed to meeting legislative requirements while improving environmental and cultural impacts?

If yes, then we want you to join our team!

We are looking for a Waste & Wastewater Operations Manager to lead day-to-day management of our seven water supply schemes and seven wastewater schemes. Through proactive leadership, this new role will develop and enhance a high performing operations team, responsible for the successful and sustainable delivery of water and wastewater across the Tararua District.

Reporting to the Group Manager – Infrastructure, this role requires a passion for leadership, water and wastewater services, and for supporting Council to successfully meet commitments to our community and regulators in a structured and focused way.

The successful candidate will help Council achieve their goals by:

  • Providing proactive strategic leadership to the Water & Wastewater Operations team, guiding and collaborating with others in a diverse and challenging environment.
  • Providing professional advice and support to the Group Manager – Infrastructure and 3-Waters Manager.
  • Overseeing the successful delivery of water and wastewater services and provision of operational input into projects, informing the direction of our district and associated investment requirements.
  • Developing and enhancing trusted and collaborative relationships with key stakeholders and suppliers.

The ideal candidate will have a tertiary qualification relevant to water and/or wastewater and at least five years’ experience in water and wastewater service delivery, ideally in New Zealand. They will have strong leadership and people management abilities with at least two years’ experience in management roles. They will be a strong communicator, in both written and verbal forms. A full New Zealand driver’s licence is a must.

We offer a flexible working arrangements, competitive salary, and varied learning opportunities. You’ll be joining a group of dedicated and respected teammates working collaboratively to service the district’s infrastructure and service needs.

We are committed to diversity, have a culture built on trust and valuing individual contributions, and are driven to provide the right outcomes for our customers and our environment.

Application for Vacancy - Water and Wastewater Operations Manager
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Position Description - Water & Wastewater Operations Manager
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View the position description and download an application form below:

Applications are also available at all Council Service Centres.

For more information please call 06-374-4080 or email: hr@tararuadc.govt.nz.

Applications close 3rd July 2022. However, please note that we will review applications as they are received and may close the role beforehand if the right candidate is found – so apply now to avoid disappointment.

Please ensure you complete the application form and submit it along with your CV and cover letter.