The Pike River Recovery Agency is looking for a Senior Project Manager.

The agency was established this year to develop a plan for safe manned re-entry to the mine drift; to provide advice to the Minister on whether that could be safely achieved; to oversee the implementation of that plan if the Minister makes a decision to proceed on the strength of that advice; and importantly, to try and find out what happened to create the explosion which killed 29 men, and to recover any bodies in the drift.

“The Agency’s role is important for New Zealand, and we need someone who understands this critical work,” Chief Operating Officer Dinghy Pattinson says.

“We are looking for someone with engineering, infrastructure development and project management qualifications, or significant industry experience.  Their job will be to make sure our projects comply with regulatory requirements, are on time and within budget.”

The Senior Project Manager will work with a small, dedicated team of professionals, and be responsible for project health and safety management.  Relationships with relevant site contractors, vendors and partners will be key.  The Greymouth-based role continues through to June 2019.

The position is being advertised on the MBIE Careers website ( ), and people can contact Dinghy Pattinson with any questions by emailing

The positions close on Friday 15 June at 5pm.