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Commissioning Manager - Sludge Minimization Plant

New Zealand
Full time
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Commissioning Manager Sludge Minimization Plant

At the centre of New Zealand, you'll find the coolest capital city the world has seen. Nestled between green hills teeming with nature and a harbour at your front door, you will step out to a vibrant and progressive city just waiting for you to explore.

Wellington City Council has established a vision for Pōneke (Wellington) as an inclusive, sustainable, and creative capital for people to live, work and play. The future of Wellington is compact, inclusive & connected, greener, resilient, vibrant, and prosperous.

We understand that waste is now a mainstream environmental and sustainability challenge not just for us here in Pōneke, but for all New Zealanders. It affects all of us on a micro level, at home and at work, and at the City Council level it is one of the major drivers of our carbon profile.

Here at WCC we are ambitious, and we make no excuses for it! We know we need to act now to safeguard our beautiful city for future generations. So, we set out a zero-waste target for Wellington, which signals a significant shift in how we as a city think about waste, the services and infrastructure we provide, and how businesses, residents and the Council can contribute to making a difference for our city's environmental, societal, and economic future.

But it's not just all about waste with us, we also put into play Te Atakura - First to Zero which is our blueprint to make Wellington City a zero-carbon capital (net zero emissions) by 2050.

To achieve this, Wellington City Council is undertaking one of the most complex infrastructure projects we will deliver over the next few years and one that's a critical component of a much wider Waste Minimisation Plan.

We understand that in order to make headway on our capital's emissions reduction, we need to invest in alternate sewage sludge disposal technologies providing resilience and care for our environment. This is the direction we must follow now, and for future generations.

The first facility of its type in New Zealand, our Sludge Minimisation Facility at Moa Point, adjacent to the existing wastewater treatment plant will reduce the volume of sludge by up to 80 percent. This is expected to cut carbon emissions from sewage treatment by up to 60 percent and represents a big step toward meeting our goal of being net zero carbon.

The large scale and complexity of this project will also enable opportunities to grow new skills and experience in the local workforce and provide a showcase into engineering and construction for the wider community and beyond.

To help us achieve this mammoth undertaking, we are looking to appoint a Commissioning Manager to plan, co-ordinate and manage the off and on-site commissioning personnel and activity of this high-profile project. You will work and mentor the project delivery team and draw on the advice of subject matter experts to support detail design and construction delivery.

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Āu ake mahi What you'll do

Working closely with the design, construction, vendors, and operations team, you will manage the Commissioning Plans during detail design, construction, commissioning, and handover stages. Through positive influencing, you will provide direction, and further detail and granularity to these plans as the project develops.

Implementing robust commissioning processes and procedures that reflect the Councils and end user requirements, you will facilitate a successful commissioning performance, ensuring that commissioning of the plant is undertaken comprehensively, and records and inspections are accurately and reliably produced and signed off.

Though proactive planning, you will co-ordinate and manage the off and on-site commissioning personnel and activities delivering exceptional performance and operational transition in collaboration with the project delivery team.

Working closely alongside the Technical Engineering Manager, Project Team, Commissioning Team and Operational Teams, you will take an active role on the development of staff to ensure a seamless transition from commissioning to operational stages.

To find out more about the details of this role, please see below position description.

About you:

Bringing your prior experience and knowledge, specifically in the Commissioning of heavy Industry capital projects, oil & gas, steel, hydro etc. Ideally experience with Thermal Hydrolysis, dryers, anaerobic digestion and biosolids capital project upgrades, you will be a technically adept and analytical leader who can co-ordinate multiple work streams and meet challenging deadlines.

You will have an appreciation of Collaboration Construction, Agile Programme Management, Production Thinking and other techniques that assure program and quality performance.

Proficient in the use of computer packages including the BIM software to analyse schematic drawings and survey reports to aid commissioning planning and delivery, you will also hold a current degree or higher within Engineering, Software Engineering or an Electrical or ICA Engineering and chartered engineer status.

About us

Working for the Council offers you a range of benefits including 5 weeks annual leave, flexible working options, health and wellbeing support, Council staff discounts and a range of learning and development programmes and opportunities. On offer is an attractive remuneration package including relocation which may be considered for the right candidate.

To find out more please feel free to reach out to our Talent Acquisition Partner, Marc Gullett by emailing marc.gullett(at)

Applications close 10th of December 2023 All applications must be submitted online.

We want to make sure any accessibility requirements you may have, are well supported so the selection process is equitable for everyone. Please let us know if there are any adjustments or support, we can offer to make our process more accessible to you by emailing: recruitment(at)



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