Professional Head – Traction & Electrical (Rail)

Reference: VAC-330
Sector(s): Power Supply/Distribution
Salary: Salary negotiable
Country: New Zealand
Town/City: Auckland
Contract Type: Permanent
Job Description

Our client is major player in the Railway sector in New Zealand. They are currently looking to strengthen their team following the release of major investments in national rail programmes. The roles are permanent and we are looking for professionals willing to relocate to New Zealand on a permanent basis or at least for a few years.

The employer will provide relocation assistance. They are accredited as Immigration NZ Employer of Choice, which will facilitate the visa process.



5 weeks annual leave (standard in NZ is 4)Employment stability and good work/life balanceStandard Mon-Fri, 40 hours per weekAccess to discounted health insuranceEmployer of Choice (accredited by Immigration office)Discounted travel on some rail linesAccess to discounted holiday homes across NZ and other medical benefits



Reporting to the Chief Engineer, the Professional Head of Traction and Electrical/Electrification is responsible for driving the Organisation toward technical best practice within the Traction and Electrical/Electrification discipline.

The role will be accountable for the following;

Setting the strategic direction for the traction and electrical disciplineDeveloping strategic asset management options for traction and electricalSetting the traction and electrical technical standards for the organisationAuditing the application of traction and electrical standards in the fieldProviding traction and electrical technical advice to the wider businessEnsuring sound asset management practices and record keepingConducting technical reviews and approving in-house traction & electrical designsAccepting traction and electrical designs conducted by external partiesEnsuring that network traction and electrical risks are being appropriately managedDeveloping traction and electrical skill base of technically talented people


Typical systems include 25Kv Overhead Lines (OHLE), (Traction) Sub-stations, HV AC and DC switchgear, power transformers, transformer rectifiers, AC and/or DC system/equipment protection schemes and protection technology, equipment, interlocking and interfaces with SCADA, etc.




Engineering Degree in a relevant discipline (Power, Electrical)15+ years’ infrastructure engineering experience.10+ years’ experience and technical knowledge of Railway Traction & Electrical Engineering.7+ years’ prior experience in Asset Management and Planning and a good understanding of the principals of Asset Management.Extensive understanding of the different legislative and statutory requirements.Good experience with a range of IT systems.Able to successfully negotiate or influence clients, customers, contractors and consultants at the highest level and build successful relationships.Able to produce and present clear, concise and comprehensive executive management reportsAble to successfully lead, motivate and develop professional staff





Contract type: PermanentLocation: Wellington or Auckland