Associate Director – Capital Works

  • Permanent
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 18836
Associate Director – Capital Works
Negotiable upon experience

The University of Auckland is Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading university. It employs over 6,000 academic and professional staff to support over 42,000 students making us one of NZ’s largest employers.

Our Vice-Chancellor launched the University of Auckland's Vision 2030 and Strategic Plan 2025 which sets out our commitment to advancement in all areas and portfolios. The clear direction and endorsement from Taumata Teitei has been a catalyst to produce the inaugural University of Auckland Estate Strategy, 2021-2030

This is a pivotal role with key accountability for the delivery of the university’s $2bn programme of major capital works projects. The university has one of the largest property portfolios in Aotearoa New Zealand and one of the largest rolling construction capital works programmes in Auckland and New Zealand. Our significant property portfolio represents a vibrant, valuable, and complex network of physical and connecting spaces that enable learning and teaching, research and innovation, support the student experience as well as our partnerships and engagement.

The role will lead a team (5 direct reports with a  total team of c.20) focused on the delivery of the extensive capital construction programme including major capital works, deferred maintenance projects and minor capital works. The successful candidate will provide leadership in developing a culture of continuous improvement and customer service by ensuring the efficient and effective delivery of planning and capital works project management services to meet the needs of the university community and supporting the objectives of the University’s Strategic Plan Taumata Teitei.

The successful candidate will possess a proven understanding of large-scale building programmes and large impact compliance works in conjunction with demonstrating an ability to think and act strategically to provide valuable input to achieve the best long-term outcomes.  

We offer our staff more than just a job – we offer them an opportunity to be part of a dynamic, world class organisation which provides staff with benefits and support throughout their lives and careers. We have a number of generous benefits that we believe will be important to you. The Candidate Brief can be viewed and downloaded at Associate Director, Capital Works

For a confidential discussion please contact our retained advisors Nick Coppard / 07896079495) and Ben Duffill ( / 07976125010) at MRG.  Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter and should be sent to 

Closing date for applications is Sunday 10th March 2024.

This role would be an excellent emigration/relocation opportunity and background information on living in Auckland and working at the University of Auckland can be viewed at 

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