Team Leader - Building Consents

Whangarei District Council

13 June 2022
8 July 2022
Whangarei District Council

Our busy Building Consents team have recently grown in size in order to meet the demand for processing Building Consent applications. For this reason, we have an exciting opportunity for a second Team Leader to join the Consents team, together supporting ten Building Controls Officers and various third-party contractors.

We welcome interest from those with leadership experience in a regulatory environment who are interested in creating a positive, supportive and productive work culture within the Consents team. Technical knowledge of building consent processing is an advantage; however, we are open to hearing from those with experience in leading technical teams or those who have supported people in a regulatory environment or similar. 

The successful candidate will thrive working collaboratively in a team environment and enjoy working together as a building department management team (Compliance, Inspections, Consents, Admin Support) to achieve aligned, progressive outcomes for the group. 

This is an opportunity to lead a dedicated team of professionals while benefitting from a great work-life balance. If you think you have what it takes to be successful in this role and are eager for us to consider your application, you will need to be able to demonstrate: 

  • Leadership experience demonstrating a consultative, positive, empowering approach 
  • Ability and confidence to make decisions on complex operational matters
  • Support Building Control Officers to make technical decisions
  • Sound understanding of Building Consent Authority (BCA) processes or experience in similar regulatory processes
  • Good communication skills, both written and spoken
  • Ability to mediate with and resolve conflict in difficult circumstances and with different customers
  • Experience managing internal and external stakeholder expectations (especially during periods of high levels of consent activity)
  • Ability to work methodically and efficiently and to set and meet appropriate standards and deadlines
  • Ability to lead a team of technical staff in a challenging technical environment
  • Solid understanding of the Building Act, the Building Code and Council’s obligations as a BCA, or experience in similar regulatory frameworks
  • Degree qualified (desirable) 

If this sounds like you and you would like to be considered for this fantastic role within our hardworking and progressive team then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to learn more or submit your application.

At Whangarei District Council we take our reputation as a lifestyle destination seriously and consider a range of flexible working and life balance options for those that want to work in a professional and progressive environment while still having the time to take advantage of everything our district has to offer. In addition, our employment package includes Health Insurance, Life Insurance, payment of a professional membership, continuous development opportunities and an active social club plus much more.

Whangarei is a district on the rise. It is Northland’s only city and largest commercial centre. Nestled between forest clad hills at the heart of the beautiful Whangarei Harbour, nowhere in the district is more than 40 kilometres away from our spectacular coastline and commuting to WDC’s CBD location is a breeze.

There's a lot that'll make you 'Love it Here!'

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the People & Capability team on: (09) 430 4200 or 0800 932 463.

To apply for this position go to or click the apply now button. 

Applications close 5 pm Friday, 8 July 2022.

Simon Weston

Note: Applicant must have a legal right to work in NZ

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