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Job Number: 12633
Title:  Principal Advisor Road Rail Interface

Principal Advisor Road Rail Interface ( #12633 )

Discipline:  Safety
Languages:  English



Location:  Auckland,  New Zealand    

Our client is seeking a Principal Advisor Road Rail Interface to influence outcomes and and provide expert advice and direction to the rail community and the client. It connects operational needs with organisational and government strategic outcomes, and champions innovation, taking the lead on controversial issues when necessary.

Location is Auckland, New Zealand (but can be in Wellington or Christchurch).

The role will provide thought and practice leadership in the area of level rail crossing safety.

The purpose of this role is to deliver effective regulatory management and oversight of raod rail interface activities. A key function of this role is the management of stakeholders contributing to the continual improvement of rail level crossing safety in New Zealand, and the development and roll out of innovations to improve safety performance at this critical transport interface.

The roles requires you to build and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and provide timely advice to management on key road/rail interface matters.

Key Accountabilities:

Level rail crossing programme management:
- Design, develop and oversee delivery of a rail level crossings programme that sets expectations and drives performance from rail participants, road controlling authorities and roading organisations to improve safety around crossings.
- Report and liaise with all partner agencies on the progress of delivery of activities against the rail level crossings programme
- Collaborate across all stakeholders to ensure coordination in delivery of programme activities by all stakeholders
- Develop a consistent national approach to the management of level rail crossings in New Zealand.

Stakeholder Management and Relationships
- Engage and maintains effective stakeholder relationships, both internal and external to the client
- Develop and deploy effective stakeholder management methodologies for the Rail Safety Team
- Broker and maintain relationships with Road Controlling Authorities and KiwiRail to ensure parties agree to support long term safety improvements to level rail crossings in their areas of responsibility
- Liaise and work closely with the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC), Local Government, TrackSAFE and WorkSAFE on road/rail interface issues.
- Provide consistent, meaningful thought leadership to rail participants and stakeholders in line with the Agency's strategic direction.
- Lead and coordinate safety education and engagement activities in areas of expertise to the regulated sector as required
- Identify behaviors and lead the delivery of interventions that contribute to a safe rail network

Risk identification and management
- Identify and manage risk both at an operational and system level.
- Provide thought leadership and technical expertise to understand and treat risk
- Accesses technical expertise when required to understand and treat risk
- Addresses identified risk through deployment of appropriate compliance tools
- Drive risk mitigation through deployment of appropriate compliance tools
- Monitor risk treatments against associated safety outcomes

Regulatory and Safety focus
- Model and leads behaviors consistent with the principles of good regulatory practice.
- Maintain oversight and provide expert advice across the implementation and operation of safety management systems by rail participants.
- Lead the development of operational initiatives that support regulatory functions and desired safety outcomes.

Analysis and decision making
- As the subject matter expert, be the final decision maker for robust regulatory decisions using experience, knowledge and relevant organisational decision making tools
- Use evidence to support your decision making approach

Continuous improvement
- Lead and contribute to the development of new methodologies and tools to improve delivery of rail regulatory functions
- Manage large-scale regulatory challenges and adapt regulatory strategies to enable innovative ways of working.

Individual Accountabilities: Change Support
- Participates and contributes to change initiatives by thinking, acting and advocating for an environment of continuous improvement

Health and Safety
- Follows the client's health and safety and wellbeing policies and processes
- Ensures own actions keep self and others safe

- Takes responsibility for personal development and continually develops own professional expertise
Knowledge and Experience
- 10+ Years applied experience and knowledge in a relevant industry
- Strong investigative, risk assurance or lead audit experience
- Significant regulatory compliance experience
- Expert level experience and knowledge in a relevant industry
- Strong project or programme management experience
- Stakeholder and relationship management experience, preferably in a central or local government role
- Proven experience in performance or outcome monitoring
- Proven success in the building and maintenance of effective relationships
- Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Excellent communication and relationship building skills

- Tertiary qualification or relevant experience in a regulatory compliance or stakeholder management role

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