Transportation Design Engineer

Wellington or Christchurch
Closing date: Indefinite

Want to make major transformational change to New Zealand’s transport? Do it with us.

Hi! We’re Abley and we’ve been looking for you.  We’re a company that walks the talk – quite literally.  We don’t just plan and design healthy street environments, we walk, cycle and scooter to work and for recreation – recognising the action we need to take for the climate, our communities and the environment.  We do our bit to get people between a and b safely too – developing road safety strategies and guidance for the industry, as well as designing safer streets.  We’re big picture thinkers who consider environmental, economic and personal wellbeing outcomes in everything we do.

We are proud to be leading the way on some of New Zealand’s largest sustainable transport and road safety projects.  We’ve been at the forefront of New Zealand’s road safety strategy (Road to Zero), all stages of the Speed and Infrastructure Programme, the Canterbury Multi-Use Arena project and the Hobsonville Point development, just to name a few.

About the role

As a Transportation Design Engineer and a key member of the Safety Delivery team, you’ll assist with creating safer transport environments particularly for some exciting Wellington work we have in our pipeline.

In this role, you’ll primarily be responsible for design work, drawing on your experience to create detailed designs that improve safety outcomes.  You’ll also use your leadership skills to manage client relationships, build rapport with team members and contribute to the growth of the company through the successful delivery of projects.

We are looking for transportation specialists that are leaders in their field to join us on our mission. We’re looking for go-getters with:

  • A proven track record nailing delivery of transport projects, particularly within detailed design;
  • An infectious passion for contributing to improving transport in New Zealand;
  • Motivation to address complex problems like climate change and sustainability;
  • Drive to push the limits of technical innovation.

To read more about the work we do and the kinds of exciting projects you could be driving, please go to our website.

About you

Choosing the right person isn’t simply about results.  It’s about values, relationships and the ability to bring that x-factor.  So, let’s make sure you’re the right person for us.  You need to be:

  • An experienced transportation designer – you’ll have 5-10 years’ experience in detailed and geometric design related to transport engineering.
  • Able to deliver results – you’ll need a successful track record in delivering quality work. All that experience you have using CAD software, supports you in producing high quality work.
  • A willingness to share your knowledge – you will share your technical knowledge with your team members in best practice and design software use.
  • Full of positive energy – we want people to feel energized, inspired and motivated to be around you, so bring your ‘glass half-full’ attitude to work. You will have a proactive ‘can-do’ attitude.
  • A brilliant communicator – you’ll be chatting to people in-person, via email or video conferencing, and in meetings. Your knowledge will inspire those you speak to.
  • A builder of strong relationships – it is incredibly important that you’re approachable and can foster positive relationships with those you work with, both clients and colleagues. You will be interacting with clients to deliver innovative design solutions so understanding their requirements is paramount.

The Important Bits

This role is full time and based in our Wellington or Christchurch office.  If you prefer living further north, we also have an office in Auckland, so please do get in touch if this location appeal.

Each of our offices are centrally located with public transport only a hop, skip and a jump away.  If you’re a cyclist (like many of the Abley team) we also have great cycling facilities too.

Salary will reflect the skills you bring and the advantage you offer.  We are a gender pay neutral organisation, offer a broad salary-benefits package and there is opportunity for you to become a shareholder – and join other employee shareholders in our 100% NZ-owned company.

At Abley we make waves in the technology and transportation spaces.  We have several industry ‘firsts’ under our belt thanks to our team’s unrivalled abilities in spatial and data intelligence, software development, transportation planning and engineering.  We are a tight-knit bunch and support each other to fast-track the career growth of everyone on our team.  We provide fresh baking on Wednesdays, flexibility to help you achieve a healthy life-work balance (note the order) and enjoy some fantastic social occasions together.  We celebrate the diversity of our team – that’s gender, age, ethnicity, sexuality – the lot.

We need people that are up for a challenge, love being a part of a team and are keen to support others to thrive in a growing industry.

Does this sound like you?

If you’re reading this ad and nodding along then we want to hear from you!

Please submit your application through the link on this page (CV and cover letter please).  If you have some work samples you would like to share with us, please also upload these.  We would love to get a peak of the great work you have done in the past.  You can also download the job description for more information.

Want to know more?

If you would like more information on this role, please contact Nichola Blue (email:  or phone 0276983323).

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