Principal Specialist

Date: 02-Aug-2022

Location: Auckland Wide, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


  • Challenging and rewarding role
  • Career development opportunity that makes a difference
  • Have an influence on the changes that are happening Auckland

He angitūtanga: The opportunity
We are looking for a Principal Specialists within the Compliance Monitoring team. Based in the central hub but can also work from other offices in the Auckland region. This role reports to the Manager of the Compliance Monitoring unit.
Tāmaki Makaurau is home to more than 1.5 million people and we here at Auckland Council are working hard to make Auckland a city we can be proud of.  As Auckland grows, our Compliance Monitoring Teams have the responsibility to protect people and places, the community, and the environment. We have a full-time opportunity for a Principal Specialist to join the team and specialise in the Wastewater discipline. The work is varied, challenging, and rewarding. It includes a mix of office and fieldwork that will see you supporting multiple teams around the region. You’ll manage our most complex regional discharge activities, build capability through training, and apply your technical expertise in support of the wider unit.
The Principal Specialist role will also be responsible for the strategic technical direction of the Compliance Monitoring unit. You will provide advanced professional guidance such as but not limited to legislative interpretation, best practice in compliance and enforcement, fostering regional and national consistency for compliance activity, successful education and community engagement programmes, and industry-leading innovations. You will be accountable for the formulation and development of strategic direction and policy, as well as leading and supporting initiatives to promote compliance, monitoring and enforcement and providing specific advice. Developing and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders is critical to your success in this role. As required, you will also provide coaching and mentoring for team leaders and staff. 
He kōrero mōu: About you
This is a great opportunity for a resourceful and proactive individual who possesses finely-tuned communication skills coupled with the ability to think outside the box where the ability to build relationships and work collaboratively will be second nature to you. You will have a tertiary qualification in policy, law, regulatory compliance, or other relevant disciplines. The experience and ability to work on policies and build collaborative relationships with stakeholders are essential to the role with a background in the field of Regulatory Compliance and working knowledge of policy development and implementation and well-developed political acumen. 
A current full clean driver's licence is essential. 
Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer
We are offering career progression and the chance for you to control the future of your career. We have a fantastic learning environment with in-house training and development from one of the best staff training functions in NZ with flexible working; work/life balance; job security, and competitive remuneration.
As a Council employee, you’ll gain access to a vast range of benefits and discounts, including discounted financial services and insurance, Auckland Art Gallery membership, entertainment and lifestyle discounts, and more. You’ll be joining a team of dedicated and respected experts working collaboratively across the region to contribute to Auckland’s built and natural environment. We are committed to diversity and have a culture built on trust and valuing individual as well as collective contributions.
If you would like to influence the strategic vision for Auckland Council and this sounds like your next role, apply now with your cover letter and CV! 
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Applications close on Tuesday, 16 August 2002. For more information you can also contact Maria Dio at


This role is deemed safety-sensitive and in line with Auckland Council policy, you will be required to complete pre-employment drug and alcohol testing. 

Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.


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