Development Manager/Senior Project Manager

Posted 25 January 2024
Job type Contract

Job description

Willis Bond & Co is one of New Zealand's premier property investment and development companies. Based in Wellington and Auckland, they pride themselves on delivering best in class projects with a strong focus on large scale, high-end developments that combine living, retail, office and parking on waterfront and inner-city sites. Their objective is to create new and lasting communities through high quality sustainable development investment.

They have built long lasting relationships in both the private and public sector through a variety of investments and partner with the very best in their fields within the construction industry.
More recently, Willis Bond have entered into an agreement with Tauranga City Council to deliver real estate solutions on council-owned land which will rejuvenate the Tauranga City Centre. Willis Bond is looking to bring on board a highly experienced Project Manager who will be instrumental in driving the successful delivery of this refreshed masterplan, which includes a civic whare, museum, library, hotel, and a performing arts and conference Centre.

The role will see you working in a commercially minded, thriving business, with a humble and agile-minded team, with a great emphasis on autonomy and initiative.
Key responsibilities: 
  • Accountable for the successful management of design and delivery of existing developments
  • Motivate, coach and drive the performance of the design team, project management team, contractors and suppliers, through a safe, results orientated framework
  • Work closely with internal and external stakeholders including local council, govt agencies, iwi groups and contractors
  • Manage construction contracts and design process across multiple projects concurrently
  • Manage risk through proactive identification and mitigation
  • At times, assist with managing development feasibilities and cash flow forecasts
  • Promote a strong sense of team culture amongst staff and project participants
  • Provide financial governance of projects
  • Drive and foster innovation with our supply chain
  • Take responsibility for the Health and Safety on live construction sites and ensuring all employees and contractors promote a safe and healthy workplace
Professional experience and skills:
  • High aptitude and understanding of building construction
  • Experience leading significant programmes of work within government led funding & private investment
  • Highly effective at stakeholder management and building relationships at all levels
  • Proven record of leading internal and external teams to successful project outcomes
  • An understanding of project feasibility and due-diligence and construction methodologies would be advantageous
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written with the ability to produce high quality reports
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
This is both a challenging and rewarding position for the successful applicant. It’s a role for an astute, influential, and accomplished professional who would like to be part of delivering a significant pipeline of meaningful work for communities, focused on high-quality, sustainable projects. Aside from the highly interesting opportunity itself, the role will provide a market led salary and discretionary bonus, with the potential for future permanent opportunities available for the right candidate.
This role offers a high performing project and development professional the opportunity to work with one of New Zealand’s blue chip property investment company’s, delivering truly exceptional projects.

If this role is of interest, please Apply Now or contact Rachel McNickle on All applications (including direct) will be reviewed and processed by Assemble Recruitment only.