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Team Leader Capital Projects


  • Lead a professional team to deliver exciting projects in Nelson
  • Work-life balance + lifestyle + career development
  • Council culture that values personal growth and collaboration


At the heart of the region, Nelson City Council is a Unitary Authority responsible for providing key infrastructure, community facilities and services, economic development and a range of regulatory functions.


Always striving to deliver an even better service to their community, our Capital Projects Business Unit is responsible for the delivery of the Capital works programme. The various infrastructure projects include three waters, roading, and traffic improvements, walking and cycle ways, parks, and playground installations, facilities and building upgrades.


We are seeking a new Team Leader Capital Projects to lead a small team of motivated and capable civil engineers and project managers responsible for the delivery of the Council’s capital and renewals programme.


Reporting to an empowering and commercially savvy Manager Capital Projects, you will be responsible for supporting a team to successfully manage projects delivered by external contractors. In addition to this, you will have your own portfolio of projects suited to your background, skills, and areas of interest. We value the contribution you will have to decision making across projects and process improvement as a leader within the Capital Projects Business Unit.


This is a great opportunity for either an experienced Team Leader looking for a new role or a Senior Project Manager looking for a career step forward. Either way, a mix of technical, financial, team leadership and relationship management skills are essential to thrive in this role. 


Ideally, you will have:

  • a Civil Engineer qualification or a project management qualification e.g. PRINCE2, PMP
  • a significant amount of project management experience, ideally within the infrastructure, engineering, capital works, or client side or consultancy environments
  • leadership experience


In return, Nelson City Council offers an enjoyable, rewarding work environment with flexible working options. This role provides a career step with depth, diversity and career development. You will be working together with colleagues who are passionate about making Nelson an even better place.


Nelson is a thriving city set within a diverse region with a gorgeous natural environment, amazing weather and easy access to beautiful natural resources which provide a wonderful backdrop for businesses and communities to live, work and play.   If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you, and you want to join a dedicated team, now is the time to apply.


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For more information about this role please contact Lois Plum, Manager Capital Projects on 03 546 0250.


This work requires the person who undertakes it to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You will need to provide evidence of your vaccination status in order to be considered for this role.


We will be reviewing applications as they are received.