Head of Design & Delivery

Posted 04 July 2022
Job type Permanent

Job description

As a leading provider of premium healthcare services across New Zealand, Oceania Healthcare is reimagining the retirement and aged care living experience. As an NZX 50 Listed Company, it is the proud owner of a large portfolio of sites across New Zealand. 

Oceania Healthcare is committed to curating great spaces by delivering innovative and functional facilities for its residents and the wider community. They have an in-house property and development team, focused on the substantial current and future pipeline of large-scale, high quality development projects which will stand the test of time. With a recent strategy refresh to undertake greenfield developments and acquisitions, as well as brownfield developments, Oceania Healthcare is well positioned to leverage its established operational platform to pursue a wide range of organic and inorganic growth opportunities. 
The success of Oceania Healthcare is driven by a passionate and diverse team, striving for exceptional project delivery outcomes, while adhering to the Environmental, Social and Governance performance across all assets. You will be joining a team who have a shared belief in safety, functionality, and purpose-built facilities for their communities and those who visit. 

Role overview
The Head of Design and Delivery will oversee and manage a pipeline of retirement village and aged care construction projects from design through delivery and handover with capital expenditure in excess of $120m per annum. Oceania Healthcare has a target to deliver 300+ accommodation units annually. The current pipeline comprises approximately 2,000 units of which approximately 72% are currently consented. 
As such, Oceania Healthcare are looking to recruit an experienced Head of Design & Delivery to drive the delivery of asset improvement and new development projects throughout the Oceania Healthcare portfolio. Reporting to the Group GM Property & Development, the person will be instrumental in driving the successful delivery of multifaceted projects from conceptualisation to completion, growing the company’s retirement village and aged care operations.
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 the project pipeline within agreed project KPIs in order to grow the business and delivery long term value
  • Motivate, coach and drive the performance of the design team, project management team, contractors and suppliers, through a safe, results orientated framework
  • Establish the most appropriate procurement structure for projects to mitigate risk and address current market issues (cost escalation, supply chain challenges, labour shortages)
  • Manage construction contracts and design process on multiple projects concurrently (up to 10 projects)
  • Manage risk through proactive identification and mitigation
  • Promote a strong sense of team culture amongst staff and project participants
  • Prepare board and sub committee reporting and approval submissions
  • Provide financial governance of projects
  • Work closely with the Head of Development and Finance Team to prepare business cases for new projects
  • Drive and foster innovation with our supply chain including the use of technology, smarter ways of constructing, new materials, and better solutions
  • 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
  • A relevant tertiary qualification in construction management, engineering, architecture, planning or cost management
  • Experience in aged care assets or healthcare would be advantageous but not essential
  • 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
  • A focus on continual improvement and accountability
  • 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, competitive annual bonus, flexible working, immense growth potential and satisfying social responsibility.
If you feel you meet the requirements of this role and are motivated by the industry sector and reasons behind this crucial hire, please apply now, or contact Rachel McNickle confidentially on 027 274 6821 or rachel@assemblerecruit.com. All applications (including direct) will be reviewed and processed by Assemble Recruitment only.