Project/Contract Manager

Project/Contract Manager

Project managers and contract managers are, unsurprisingly, people who manage projects and contracts in a wide range of industries, including construction, infrastructure and IT.

  • Project managers are generally people who have progressed from a specific area of expertise – such as engineering, surveying or software development – into a generalist role where they are responsible for coordinating teams of people with specialist skills. This means that there is no specific qualification pathway.
  • Contract managers help to win contracts, and manage scheduling and budgets for projects through to completion. They have an important role in working with the client to make sure they are happy with progress.

Project managers with experience in construction and infrastructure industries are in demand for the Christchurch rebuild, and there are also shortages of managers with experience in the IT sector. Due to the recession, there are fewer jobs in other areas, such as forestry, architecture and property development.

Project managers and contract managers generally earn:

  • $40-50,000 starting salary
  • $100,000+ with at least 10 years' experience

Key tertiary qualifications include:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering Technology, or Bachelor of Engineering, specialising in Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical or Software Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Geography or Earth Sciences
  • Bachelor of Information Technology

Recommended school subjects:

  • Maths, especially Calculus (required for engineering pathways)
  • Physics (required for engineering pathways)
  • English
  • Technology subjects
  • Statistics & Modelling


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Project/Contract Manager: People who work in this role

  • Jody Kelly

    NZTA Maintenance Stakeholder & Performance Manager, Jody Kelly at work

    Amelia Bone

    Project Manager, Amelia Bone at work

    Dānielle Hobby

    Kaitiaki / manager - Maori engagement & strategy, Dānielle Hobby at work

    Rosalind Payne

    Assistant Project Manager, Rosalind Payne at work
  • Louis Cuttance

    Junior Project Engineer, Louis Cuttance at work

    Matt Johnston

    Project manager, Matt Johnston at work

    Nathan King

    Senior Project Manager, Nathan King at work

    Shamir Ali

    Civil Engineer, Shamir Ali at work
  • Claire Burnett

    Chemical Engineer, Claire Burnett at work

    Mark Bassett

    , Mark Bassett at work

    Katherine Halliburton

    Projects Engineer, Katherine Halliburton at work

    Cara Lauder

    Contract Manager, Cara Lauder at work
  • Kimberly de Vries (née Jupp)

    Quality Manager, Kimberly de Vries (née Jupp) at work

    Eleanor Grant (née Marks)

    Project Manager, Eleanor Grant (née Marks) at work

    Imraan Mohammed

    Contract Manager, Imraan Mohammed at work

    Rob Eastham

    Management Trainee, Rob Eastham at work
  • Dan Beesley

    Project Manager, Dan Beesley at work

    Randall Ah Mu

    Project Manager, Randall Ah Mu at work

    Ritcha Srinivasan

    Business Systems Analyst, Ritcha Srinivasan at work

    Saiful Islam

    Project Manager, Saiful Islam at work
  • Mike Stevens

    Engineering Project Manager, Mike Stevens at work

    David Cross

    Operations Engineer, David Cross at work

    Nick Rodger

    Civil Engineer, Nick Rodger at work

    Ben Trieu

    Business Performance Analyst, Ben Trieu at work

Project/Contract Manager: Companies that employ people in this job role

  • McConnell Dowell
    McConnell Dowell
    Timberlands
    Timberlands
    Western Bay of Plenty District Council
    Western Bay of Plenty District Council
    Tiaki Engineering Consultants
    Tiaki Engineering Consultants
  • HEB Construction
    HEB Construction
    Catalyst
    Catalyst
    Tonkin & Taylor
    Tonkin & Taylor
    Downer
    Downer
  • Higgins Contractors
    Higgins Contractors
    Coffey
    Coffey
    Cardno
    Cardno
    LHTDesign
    LHTDesign
  • RCR Energy
    RCR Energy
    Fulton Hogan
    Fulton Hogan
    MWH
    MWH
    Harrison Grierson
    Harrison Grierson
  • GHD
    GHD
    Opus International Consultants
    Opus International Consultants
    Beca
    Beca
    Broadspectrum
    Broadspectrum
  • URS New Zealand
    URS New Zealand

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