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Commissioning Manager - Central Interceptor Project

Commissioning Manager - Central Interceptor Project

Posted 16 July by Watercare Services Limited
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World-class engineering for the city of Auckland


We are seeking a Commissioning Manager to join our highly expert Central Interceptor project team.

As part of the ongoing, multi-billion dollar upgrade and expansion of Auckland's wastewater system, we are building a $1.2bn, 4.5m diameter, 13km wastewater tunnel - the Central Interceptor.

With 10 years' of planning and preparation now behind us, construction contracts will soon be let for this ambitious project.

Originating in Western Springs, the Central Interceptor will wind its way beneath residential and industrial suburbs, and then the Manukau Harbour, before terminating at the Mangere Wastewater Treatment Plant.

As a long-term fix for recurring wastewater overflows into the Waitemata and Manukau harbours, the Central Interceptor will reduce overflow volumes by up to 80 per cent. At the same time, the tunnel will provide storage and transmission capacity to accommodate the city's fast-growing population.

The project

Watercare - New Zealand's largest water and wastewater utility - services 1.4million Aucklanders. The Central Interceptor is a critical, legacy project that will deliver far-reaching benefits for the people of Auckland.

Lying at depths of between 22 and 110 metres below the surface, the tunnel and link sewers will be supported by 17 shafts at 16 locations along the route. The shafts collect and transfer wastewater into the tunnel. At the end of the tunnel, a major pump station will direct all flows into the Mangere Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Construction will get underway in 2019, and project completion is scheduled for 2025.

The role

Reporting to the Executive Programme Director, the Commissioning Manager is responsible for successfully integrating the Central Interceptor and associated work into service with no impact or adverse effects on current operations. Responsibilities include:

  • Carry out investigations and projects to manage risks and review and approve commissioning plans
  • Supervising high risk commissioning activities and risk assessments
  • Assisting operational staff preparing work plans for their systems when new assets are being set to work
  • Managing and monitoring newly commissioned high risk assets to make sure project objectives are being met.

The successful candidate

  • 10+ year's proven experience in operating utility systems, preferably in the operation of wastewater treatment and transmission assets
  • A tertiary level professional qualification in Engineering, preferably a Chartered Engineer or equivalent
  • Proven ability to work with professional, technical and trades staff and contractors
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proactive in finding and implementing practical solutions to technical problems.

Why work for Watercare

Here at Watercare we are proud to provide the highest quality water and wastewater services to New Zealand's largest city. Day to day, we are also dedicated to finding quick, durable solutions whenever and wherever interruption or disruption occurs.

At the same time, we know that responding decisively to the needs of both our customers and the citizens of Auckland is fundamental to our success - while the sustainable management of our operations is also a critical focus.

Simply put, we are a large, dynamic company providing a technically complex, lifeline service to our community. It is exciting, important work.

In working for Watercare, you will be joining a diverse, highly professional organisation. And as part of the Central Interceptor project, you will belong to a team delivering the company's largest-ever project and a key piece of regional infrastructure.

Note that applications will be reviewed as they come in and interviewing may commence prior to the close date so please don't delay making your application.

Applications close 16 September 2018

To apply for this job, please visit our job site and enter the job code 14043

Reference: 35644590

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