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Opportunity to shape and influence the development investments/potential of a major listed retirement village/aged care provider.

·      Critical role, strategic & tactical

·      Key decision maker

·      Maximise skills and experience


Summerset is an established and successful retirement village operator that is recognised as one of the best in its sector with more than $300m of development activity under construction across New Zealand and Australia and with a significant pipeline of future development activity. The current Commercial Manager has been promoted to a key position in their Australian operation. 
Reporting directly to the General Manager Development, you will assess the feasibility of new sites, determining development budgets and the commercial management of the same through to Resource Consent. These will play a major role in determining the outcome of significant investment decisions that come with building state of the art aged care facilities. All your previous experience will be utilised to the fullest extent in this highly influential position, alongside leading a small, focused and talented team of QS's. 
A pre-requisite for the position will be depth of experience in a similar role and/or  having a strong background in Cost Planning / Estimating, as a Developer or PQS.  We do require a proven track record in the development of effective commercial strategies, working with stakeholder groups, strategy implementation and delivering successful outcomes. 
In addition to strong technical skills, we are also looking for candidates who can demonstrate the following:

  • Outstanding stakeholder management and communication skills. The ability to work closely with very different groups at all levels, from finance to construction, is absolutely non-negotiable and you will be confident presenting to the CEO and Executive Management Team.
  • Superior analytical skills, which will be utilised and tested at every level, including with the CFO and GM Construction.
  • A strong background as a PQS within construction is crucial. Ideally, you would have  worked on mixed used developments including Commercial, Residential and multi-storey apartment projects, understanding the complexities of such and how they relate to the environment in which Summerset operates, with residents safety and security paramount.
  • Strong understanding of building efficiency and design relative to cost, to help inform financial decisions for the business
  • Sound project management skills with a delivery focus around time, cost and quality
  • The unique ability to operate strategically at one moment, and then shift to detailed, tactical aspects, the next.

If you can tick all of the above and are an excellent communicator, with consultative selling skills and the gravitas to build credible peer relationships with senior decision makers then this could be your next role.  It is a tremendous opportunity to stamp your mark and implement a “value add” approach to the procurement and tendering processes of this leading listed company.
For further information in strict confidence, please contact email your CV to or contact Tony Walsh on 029 271 1101, quoting ref. 2981378.

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