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Country Manager – New Zealand

Apply now Job no: 508756
Work type: Full Time
Location: Auckland
Categories: Hot Jobs, Management and Executive

  • Fantastic opportunity to join the ANZ leadership team 
  • Drive and contribute to our most interesting and complex projects, programs and opportunities nationally
  • Lead a highly motivated and experienced major projects teams to deliver for our clients

About SMEC 

SMEC provides unique opportunities to work on iconic global projects with experienced colleagues and leadership teams. We support and empower employees to drive innovation within adynamic and growing organisation.

Every employee plays a key role in shaping our business and is driven by teamwork, progressive thinking and creative ideas. We are committed to providing platforms to enable our people to engage in the business, deliver value to clients and develop their careers.

When you join SMEC, you join a flexible growing organisation that has a genuine commitment to CSR, diversity and improving the world we live in.


At SMEC, we understand that our continued success within the infrastructure market is the result of building long-term client relationships. This understanding has been developed by delivering the largest projects in Australia for over 70 years.  We listen and understand the specific needs of our clients and deliver a complete value chain of services to provide sustainable solutions across major infrastructure projects worldwide.  In 2022 this focus was rewarded by at the Beaton Client Choice Awards, with SMEC winning ‘Best Built & Natural Environment Consulting Firm (>200m revenue)’ and ‘Best Professional Services Firm (>200m revenue)’.

SMEC is a part of the global Surbana Jurong group of companies and is able to access over 16,500 employees working out of over 120 offices in 40+ countries throughout Australasia, Asia, the Middle East, UK, Africa, North and South America. 

Our journey of growth is only beginning, and we look forward to strengthening our already established capabilities, entering new markets and offering more effective solutions across infrastructure developments worldwide.

The role

We are currently seeking a Country Manager for our New Zealand business to provide effective and visible leadership, externally and internally and to grow the scale and profitability of SMEC’s operations in New Zealand in line with SMEC’s Strategic Plans, Business Plans and financial targets. The Country Manager will adopt a whole of SMEC view, reinforcing collaboration across functions/sectors, provide governance on major projects and be accountable for the profitability of the business at a national level. The Country Manager will represent and capitalise on SMEC’s full capabilities into the New Zealand market. The role has a unique ability to realise synergies between Business Units, Markets and even wider group capabilities developing business and client relationships and positioning the SMEC brand to a high level of prominence in the market.

Key Accountabilities

  • Grow the scale and profitability of the National business through a focus on strategic clients and the effective governance of business.
  • Provide business leadership for employees and clients to achieve SMEC’s Strategic Plans, Business Plans and Engage programs.
  • Develop Business, Client relationships and Brand Position in line with the CRM strategy whilst Facilitate synergies and efficiencies across offices (incl. GDC), business units and group entities.
  • Deliver operational efficiencies through the effective management of internal assets and facilities.
  • Responsibility for supporting national functions and initiatives at a national level, particularly in People & Culture and Health, Safety, Environment & Quality.


  • At least 10-15 years’ experience in a similar position and the demonstrated ability to:
  • Have succeeded in a similar role in a corporate environment.
  • Produce quality outcomes within an environment with competing demands and tight deadlines.
  • Work independently towards achieving objectives without supervision.
  • Effectively plans and executes strategic initiatives.

Skills Knowledge

  • Proven management experience at a senior level
  • Exceptional communication skills to provide advice and guidance.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively identify the appropriate resourcing and skills development within the country.
  • High level commercial acumen and effective strategically planning skills.
  • Strong leadership and motivational ability
  • Vision, drive and focus to support the delivery of winning proposals.
  • Clear and persuasive writing skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively within a culturally diverse and multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Excellent time management skills
  • High level of industry knowledge
  • Strong understanding of SMEC's organisational capability
  • Awareness of SMEC Business Systems including:
    • Project Management
    • WHS Management
    • High level application of CRM principals
  • Advanced level in MS Office

Wrap up 

As an inclusive and growing organisation, SMEC is committed to building a global community of talented professionals and thought leaders.

We recognise the value and importance of a diverse and inclusive workplace and look for people with different backgrounds, skills and expertise to drive innovation and shared learning across our growing global network. 

How to apply

All applications must be submitted online. To apply, click on the "Apply Now" link below and follow the prompts.

For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity, please contact Miles Pullen

Learn more about SMEC 

All recruitment activities go through our Recruitment & Talent function and currently, this role doesn’t require agency input. Please do not forward resumes directly to SMEC employees/managers; we do not accept unsolicited resumes and are not responsible for any associated fees.


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