Jay Baththana

Principal Transportation Engineer
ME(Hons) BSc MEngNZ
Direct: +64 3 3710034

About Jay

Jay is a Senior Transportation Engineer who specialises in Development Planning and Road Safety. His experience is working with private and public sector clients across NZ, Australia, and the UK. He is incredibly motivated and strives to find an answer that works for all stakeholders involved. His previous major projects include Jordan Springs Residential Development and Barangaroo Development in Sydney and one of the biggest residential regeneration projects in Europe being the Wembley Masterplan in London.

What Jay has to say:

What made you decide to become a Transportation Engineer?

The opportunity to work in an industry where resources are limited and technology and innovation is key is what drew me to transport engineering. We all know no one likes wasting time on the road and being stuck in traffic! 

What did you do before joining Abley?

This is my second stint at Abley. I’ve returned to Abley after working in Sydney and London as a Transportation Engineer for three years. Working in two rapidly expanding cities gave me the opportunity to apply my skills and gain invaluable development planning experience.

What does a typical day in the office include?

A regular day can be a mix of meetings, design and analysis, report writing, site visits and a bit of table tennis to break up the day.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy the design stage of any project where I work with all stakeholders to find a solution that works for all parties. It’s very satisfying when everyone is happy with the result.

What’s the most challenging thing about your job?

Finding innovative solutions to futureproof developments is a challenge I seek and enjoy.

What’s been your career highlight so far?

Hmm. It’s hard to pick just one. The opportunity to work in three different countries and in the same industry is a real highlight! To be able walk into an office and pretty much pick up from where I left off has been a real treat. Also, flying from Sydney to Darwin for a two-hour Road Safety Audit, plus a weekend of exploring the Kakadu National Park wasn’t too awful.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I’ve returned to Christchurch after living and traveling overseas for three years, so I’m looking forward to enjoying the great outdoors and the fresh air! And I like my sports any way they come.