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Technical Director: Climate Risk and Adaptation

Auckland CBD, Auckland
Full time
Expires in: EXPIRED
Posted by:Tonkin & Taylor
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Tonkin + Taylor is New Zealand's leading environmental and engineering consultancy. Founded in 1959, we strive to create a legacy of outstanding value for our clients, our environment, and our communities. We are employee-owned and promote a vibrant, diverse, inclusive, and flexible working culture.

We work with public and private clients across a wide range of market sectors and provide expertise across our technical disciplines of advisory, planning, natural resources, applied science, infrastructure, and geotechnical. Our clients rely on us to provide strategic advice on issues that matter to their businesses and develop and implement practical action plans.

Our climate change team is known for providing expert and tailored advice to a wide range of clients throughout NZ and the Pacific. We have a dedicated and growing group of professionals across the areas of climate change risk assessments, adaptation planning, climate mitigation/emissions reduction, climate-related financial disclosures (TCFD), etc. Examples of some of our recent work include our key role in NZ's first National Climate Change Risk Assessment, preparing Guidelines for Local Climate Risk Assessments, and we are working with a wide range of agencies and Councils to assess climate risk and commence adaptation planning. Also, we are increasingly working with organisations who want to undertake climate scenario planning exercises to help inform their broader strategies for transitioning to a low carbon and climate-resilient future.

Kei te hiahia mātou ki ōu | We want your skills

As one of New Zealand's foremost consultancies within climate risk and adaptation, we are seeking a Technical Director to assist our strategic clients to understand, assess and manage climate risk and develop adaptation plans and strategies.

We are seeking someone with experience in the application of, a proven track record and/ or knowledge in methods, concepts, and approaches in at least 4 of the below areas that concern climate risk management, climate-related financial disclosures, and climate change adaptation:

  • Scoping, developing, and delivering climate risk assessments at various scales, and for both public and private sector organisations
  • Developing, reviewing, and contributing to policy guidance
  • Leading TCFD-aligned assessments, including scenario development, physical and transition risk assessments, etc.
  • Developing adaptation responses.
  • Assisting with business development activities including meeting with prospective clients and partners, creating service and/or product offerings, and developing proposals
  • Build enduring relationships with clients and partners and representative bodies.
  • Training, building capacity, shaping mindsets (internally and externally) in what is a fast-moving area
  • Facilitation of workshops with external stakeholders and prepare written reports and action plans

Na tōu rourou | What you'll bring

  • 15+ years of experience in delivering climate change-related assessments and adaptation for public and private sector clients
  • Master's degree or similar degree in relevant disciplines
  • Expert knowledge of the NZ and international climate policy context and standards
  • Expert knowledge of climate-related financial disclosures
  • Expert knowledge of risk, risk frameworks, and risk management approaches
  • Ideally, working knowledge of te ao māori concepts, and iwi/māori engagement.
  • Ideally, a background or strong knowledge of the infrastructure sector, with relevant qualifications
  • Strong knowledge of adaptation frameworks and approaches, including flexible adaptation pathways, etc.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills to formulate and articulate contractual, technical, financial, and value points with clients and partners.
  • Passion, ability, and creativity to develop innovative methods, concepts, and approaches.

Ngā Hua | Our benefits

  • Exposure to a variety of professional experts and projects; T+T is involved in a number of large-scale alliance projects, as well as smaller community-focused projects
  • A highly supportive team environment where you are encouraged to pave your own career path that caters to your ambitions
  • Professional memberships and continued education support
  • Flexible working culture and formal flexible working arrangements including part-time working and the ability to purchase extra leave
  • Internal training programs
  • Mentoring programs
  • $500 annual well-being allowance and wellbeing programme
  • A very active social club
  • Free fruit baskets and morning teas (we love morning teas at T+T!)
  • Additional parental leave, salary top-up and a back to work coaching programme (as per policy)
  • State of the art, modern and contemporary offices

Toroa tā mātou pae tukutuku mō ētehi atu kōrero | For more information, check out our website

APPLY NOW! Or for further information on T+T, go to: [link removed]. T+T is not only a place to work - it's a place where your work will make a difference.

'Everyone Matters' is one of our three core values at T+T, and we are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce who foster inclusion, participation, and equal opportunity.

We are proud to be an Immigration New Zealand Accredited Employer, a member of Diversity Works, and Partners of TupuToa and Pūhoro STEMM Academy. We particularly encourage speakers of Te Reo Māori or Pasifika languages to apply.

T+T have a partnership with Rainbow Tick and are actively working towards accreditation - we absolutely welcome applicants from rainbow communities.

Job Details

  • Reference #: 23191
  • Posted on: 16 May 2022
  • Closes on: 17 Jun 2022 12:00
  • Location(s): Auckland CBD, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch
  • Expertise: Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science
  • Job level(s): Senior (10-15), Principal (15+)
  • Work type(s): Full Time, Permanent


Auckland CBD, Auckland