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Principal Rail Safety Officer - Critical Risk

  • Join a growing team focused on New Zealand's Rail Safety 
  • Drive safety outcomes for new projects that require complex risk management expertise
  • Work with a high energy, outcome focused team located in Wellington (but you can be based in Auckland or Christchurch)


About us

At the NZ Transport Agency, it all starts with our people. The organisation's performance and success depends on the people who choose to make this a great place to work and make a difference for New Zealand. The Transport Agency has a strong future focus, understanding that new technologies and changing customer expectations mean the transport system we know today will not be the one we deliver in ten years time.

We make sure that the industry that moves 30 million travellers and 15 million tons of freight per annum is compliant and safe.  Our vision is ‘Safe rail to keep NZ moving' and we take our regulatory stewardship responsibilities seriously.  We are dedicated to seeing the industry achieve high standards of safety and we do this through fostering strong and effective relationships.  We are very responsive, work proactively across the industry and we individually take responsibility to deliver outcomes.

The role

The purpose of this role is to deliver effective regulatory management through monitoring the compliance of rail license holders and rail participants. Principal Rail Safety Officers are expected to carry out the full range of regulatory functions to ensure the Transport Agency is effective in delivering its rail regulatory responsibilities.


In addition to the Senior/Principal Rail Safety Officer core responsibilities, the primary purpose of this role is to deliver specialist investigation and intervention in critical rail safety risk areas services on behalf of the Transport Agency. This position will also support the achievement of the business and regulatory objectives of the Rail Safety Team. This includes the attainment of the vision, ‘Safe rail to keep New Zealand moving', by providing advice to inform the design and delivery of regulatory interventions when necessary.


Amongst other responsibilities, here's a quick overview of this specialty:

  • Develop and implement a critical risk identification and monitoring framework
  • Investigate carry out risk assessment of incidents and areas of interest for system wide implications and critical risk areas
  • Provide advice on the development of operational policies and how to reduce risk
  • Communicate complex critical risk matters in and straight forward, easy to understand way



What you will bring

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • 10+ Years applied experience and knowledge in a relevant industry
    • Strong investigative, risk assurance or lead audit experience
    • Significant regulatory compliance experience
    • Strong analytical background in design, analysis or operation of safety systems or strong ‘whole of system' risk management experience
    • Significant regulatory compliance experience
    • Extensive practical experience and knowledge in a relevant heavy industry
    • Demonstrated success in bringing about industry change through effective risk management strategies
    • Proven experience in risk management or assurance monitoring role
      • Proven experience in performance or outcome monitoring
      • Extensive practical experience and knowledge in a relevant industry
      • Extensive experience in performance or outcome monitoring

Applications close 22nd January 2019

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To be considered for this position you must have a legal right to live and work in New Zealand.



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