Chief Financial Officer

  • Key role providing high level financial strategy and advice
  • Alps to Ocean lifestyle, while serving a thriving economy
  • Exciting times leading change in local government


About The Role: 

Reporting to the Group Manager Commercial & Strategy and leading a finance team with a high engagement level, the CFO will focus on immediate delivery and continuity of the momentum this team has built. Key responsibilities include the provision of:

  • strategic financial & commercial advice, insights and leadership across all aspects of Council business
  • an effective business partnering model, with best practice systems and reporting
  • strong leadership fostering a spirit of teamwork and unity that embraces collaboration
  • effective relationships with stakeholders, including the Mayor, Councillors and Community Board members, as well as external auditors, financial and risk related institutions.


Skills & Experience: 

Preferred candidates will have demonstrated experience in a senior financial role, providing strategic and commercially focused advice in a significant sized organisation. You will have a strong technical skillset, experienced in managing complex finance functions, and show understanding of how financial and commercial excellence integrate into wider organisational strategy.

A passion for leading people and encouraging teams to thrive in their work is important, as is a commitment to leading continuous improvement and transformational change. Having confidence and experience when presenting to boards/council/executive teams will be important to success.

A background in local government is desirable, however having experience in a relevant public sector organisation will also be valuable.



  • Great career opportunities
  • Ability to make your mark
  • The chance to work with a talented team making a difference to the community
  • A competitive remuneration with training and development opportunities


Salary Range:

The appointing salary for this role will be between $137,539 and $161,810 based on skills and experience.


About the District:

Timaru District is a thriving and innovative community. It is the central hub for the South Island, servicing a large agricultural heartland, with a growing economy that provides the import and export gateway for primary sectors. It boasts a top ten most loved beach in New Zealand and has access to mountains, rivers and lakes, making Timaru an ideal destination for recreational, sporting and cultural pursuits. And let's not forget about that seven-minute commute to work!


About the Council

The Timaru District Council aims to enable democratic local decision-making and action by, and on behalf of communities, to promote the social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being of its communities in the present and for the future. With around 400 staff, there are a diverse range of roles from front facing community to support and technical specialists.


Candidates can apply, in strict confidence, online at

To apply by email, please attach your cover letter and CV and send to quoting 8455SIlgj.  Applications close on 12 Feburary 2023.  Emails will be electronically acknowledged, and further correspondence may be by email. 

Click here to view the Candidate Briefing document including a full Position Description.

For more information please phone Louise Green on +64 3 353 4367.


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Permanent Full Time

Job no: 8452lg

Location: Timaru

Closing Date: Monday, 13 February 2023