Head of Major Transport Projects

At WSP Opus it’s the commitment to our people that sets us apart, and the calibre of our people that makes us great. Our collective strength allows us to think globally while acting locally to deliver iconic projects. It is our people who make this possible.
 
Great opportunity for a Head of Major Transport Projects to join our Transport Leadership team. This is a newly created role.

In terms of location Auckland based is preferred but Wellington, Hamilton or Christchurch will also be considered for the right person. This is a national role and you will be expected to travel.

OVERVIEW
As the Head of Major Projects you will provide strategic and operational leadership to our Major Projects team. You will achieve exceptional outcomes for our clients and our stakeholders, maximising commercial and project outcomes. Along with the Director Transport establish, implement, and deliver on growth and capability plans. You will establish and foster global WSP connections leveraging world-wide expertise in the New Zealand market.
RESPONSIBILITIES
• Management of the commercial outcomes of the Major Projects to align to the NZ business plan.
• Ensure effective commercial management via your leadership and direction of commercial and client outcomes.
• Development and implementation of the Major Projects based on the WSP Opus NZ Business Plan.
• Proactively identify, assess and manage operational and commercial risks that may impact project deliverables.
• Monitor and hold people to account for commercial profitability of the projects leads within your sector to maximise commercial and project outcomes.
• Actively engage with relevant parties to monitor and ensure delivery of projects to the commercial targets.
• Creating, maintaining and growing client relationships for the project team.
• Instil a strong client centric ethos in the sub-sector, leveraging global know-how, resources, and technical expertise to be the leading consultancy in our chosen markets.
• Actively engage and collaborate on strategic client engagements, growth and building opportunities.
• Lead and ensure the development of a strong client focus within the sub-sector.
• Manage and ensure development of client pipeline and prospects across the sub-sector.
• Actively monitor and manage Major Project Executives to ensure client outcomes are achieved per Project outcomes and Contract.
• Lead and develop a high performing team of client focussed and commercially savvy direct reports.
• Model leadership qualities and behaviours aligned to the WSP leadership model and develop leaders to do the same.
• Model and promote behaviours in line with WSP Opus Guiding Principles and ensure a high level of behaviour and professionalism is developed within your sub-sector
• Ensure the management of people-based plans and workforce planning within your sub-sector to ensure the right capability and capacity is available to deliver outcomes to our clients.
• Lead and coach your people with strong performance and talent management practices to deliver to their potential and to achieve a best for WSP Opus mindset
• Hold your team accountable for commercial delivery of projects, compliance with WSP Opus policies and agreed client outcomes.
REQUIREMENTS
• Minimum 7-10 years in senior commercial leadership experience
• Extensive experience developing and implementing business plans
• Experience with Risk Management Frameworks – operational and commercial
• Extensive senior project management experience with a strong commercial focus
• Experience developing client pipelines and prospects across the industry/sector
• Proven experience of developing effective relationships with clients.
• Evidence of building or developing client centric focused leadership teams
• Experience establishing and leading a disparate national team
• Evidence of building effective and strong relationships between sector and regional businesses
• Experience developing people, identifying successors, managing employee performance resulting in high levels of engagement
• Strong workforce planning skills
And how about you? You’ll be agile, invested in your career have the technical expertise and the commercial acuity to contribute to our business.  In return, we’ll offer you a career-defining role, interesting and meaningful projects working with world leading experts. We foster a culture of collaboration, innovation and success. We believe that everybody at WSP Opus has a valuable contribution to make. We strive to provide a collaborative workplace that embraces diversity, where our people feel included, comfortable and motivated in their careers.
 
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For more info reach out to Brooke for a confidential chat on +64 27 221 5294 or via email brooke.campbell-town@wsp.com