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Maintaining and strengthening the high level of professionalism we have at Rationale is very important to us and our recruitment process is as much about finding someone with the right mindset as it is about finding the right skills.

At Rationale you’ll have a genuine impact at a national level with a wide variety of rewarding, challenging work. Using your experience you’ll support the Rationale team to help government and business leaders to make evidence-based decisions.

Based in Queenstown Lakes, Dunedin or Wellington, with a lifestyle that is second to none, employees are part of a team that ensures a healthy work-life balance is a core pillar of how we do business. We are proud of our culture, flexible structure, and employee benefits.

Professional development and career progression is a core element of our organisation. Working alongside leaders and experts on projects of national significance, our team are regularly challenged and grow throughout the process. Rationale takes pride in our ability to mentor, support and develop our employees in a collaborative environment.

Being part of the team at Rationale is a great mix of challenge, progression and fun. I’m constantly pushed to do my best, in my professional and personal life. We’ve got a great team and I’m stoked to be a part of it! - Emily Walker


Career Potential
Rationale’s services and client base are constantly evolving and so are opportunities for our people. We invest in personal and professional growth and support our employees in their professional and personal lives. We encourage connectivity with industry body memberships and participation in a wide variety of events to ensure we all grow and thrive.

Attractive Remuneration and Benefits
Rationale offers attractive salaries and employee benefits, we work across the country on interesting projects. We offer a career path with mentoring, professional development, and unrivalled company culture that prides itself on celebrating success.

The Rationale team are like whānau – people really are our biggest asset. We focus on wellbeing, looking after our team, their families and loved ones. We regularly celebrate achievements, both in and out of the office.

Supportive Environment
Wellbeing is critical. Whether you want to take a leap forward in your career or tackle personal challenge, we’ll support you all the way. We offer flexible hours, agility to work from home and secondments with fascinating work around the country.

Team Challenges
We thrive on challenge and enjoy the hard stuff - it’s central to how we look at the world. Some of us are competitive athletes, some of us are enthusiastic supporters, some are has-beens chasing past glory. Whatever the case, we love being out there doing it. We share extensive and unrivalled team activities and support each other in whatever challenge we’re undertaking.

We support each other to have a healthy work-life balance and will actively seek to make changes if we identify a lack of balance.


Wellington Manager / Principal Advisor


The Wellington Manager will ensure Rationale continues to deliver on our overarching commitment to ‘better decision making’ in investment management throughout New Zealand.


You will be the pillar that will lead and guide our high-performing Wellington team, demonstrating best practice, mentorship and building wellbeing across the team. The role requires an individual with proven leadership expertise and strong EQ to ensure our people, our greatest asset, are supported and operating at their optimum.


You’ll be required to utilise your business case experience and/or technical skillset in infrastructure, having gained a strong foundation in public works, to lead projects of national significance and improve investment decision making throughout New Zealand.


The Wellington Manager will support the Market Director’s activities to ensure the delivery of high-quality client work across the Wellington team. You will ensure work is delivered consistently on time and on budget, achieving excellent project outcomes and value for money for our clients and their communities. To execute this function well it is vital that you share Rationale’s strategic vision – ‘Creating a legacy through trusted relationships and independent advice’.


You will contribute to the wider growth of the business by utilising your industry knowledge and network to support and capitalise on opportunities identified by Rationale’s Market Director, ultimately facilitating new pathways for the wider Wellington team.


The Wellington Manager will act as a mentor and leader of work and Rationale culture. The role will have a positive impact on team satisfaction and the attractiveness of Rationale as a place to work while contributing to decision making at the senior leadership level and influencing the overall business.


Familiarity and experience in supporting investment management decision making in New Zealand is essential. Leading business cases, central and local government, financial and economic analysis and modelling experience will be particularly advantageous but not restrictive.


Rationale is an independent advisory company that helps government and business leaders make great investment decisions. Our focus is, and has always been, on improving lives and places for people and helping organisations make evidence-based decisions.


We aim for constant improvement, challenge, and fun – the Wellington Manager is key in this mix.


Relevant experience


10+ years’ technical foundation working alongside or within the transport, three waters & utilities sectors applied to an Investment Management supplication

  • Excellent stakeholder experience and strong emotional intelligence
  • Effective leadership, well-experienced in managing and developing a highly capable and professional team
  • Excellent technical knowledge and capabilities with the ability to act decisively
  • Management of programmes of work


Click here for a Position Description [PDF]


Advisor / Senior Advisor – Infrastructure Asset Manager


Based in Taranaki or the Central North Island in a fun, lifestyle focused environment, you’ll work with leaders and experts on projects of regional and national significance.


Due to a growing number of projects, we’re looking for an infrastructure asset manager to join our team in Taranaki or the central North Island. 


Ideally from a transport, three waters or utilities background, you’ll be at the forefront of making quality evidence-based decisions for our clients in the way they manage their infrastructure assets, by working closely with our clients and their consultants and contractors.


You could be from an asset management background and looking to take the next step in your career in a supportive environment, or a technical professional with an understanding of the principals of asset management looking to broaden your horizons. Either way, you’ll have the opportunity to grow into other facets of strategic planning to support our local and government sectors.


You will have the opportunity to learn and work alongside the experts in the infrastructure advisory field and:

  • Have a genuine impact at a regional and national level with a wide variety of rewarding, challenging work. Using your analytical - and problem-solving skills you’ll support the Rationale team to help local / central government and business leaders to make evidence-based decisions.
  • You’ll be part of a team that makes a healthy work-life balance a core pillar of how we do business. We are proud of our culture, flexible structure, and employee benefits.
  • Professional development and career progression is a core element of this role. You’ll be working alongside leaders and experts on projects of regional and national significance. Rationale takes pride in our ability to mentor and grow our staff in a collaborative environment that is second to none.
  • A flexible environment – You’ll have the opportunity to work directly with our clients and remotely to suit the candidate.


Click here for a Position Description [PDF]


We’re always looking for smart, driven and fun people to join the wider Rationale team. Right now, we are actively recruiting to grow our team.

If you’re the kind of person who loves solving wicked problems and enjoys a challenge, both professionally and personally, then we’d love to hear from you.

The work we do is always changing and we’re constantly looking for new ways to help our clients, whether that’s number crunching, engaging with our communities, facilitating workshops or helping visualise evidence in new and innovative ways.

If this sounds like your cup of tea and you’re looking to join an awesome team who are helping communities across New Zealand, please email info@rationale.co.nz for more details.





Managing Director

021 442 730 eguy@rationale.co.nz


Principal Advisor

027 544 5387 cfrench@rationale.co.nz


Business Manager

027 465 4474 hsummers@rationale.co.nz