Chief Infrastructure Officer

Palmerston North (or as we like to call it, Palmy) is a growing, innovative, and exciting city. Palmy has secured its place on the map as a creative and exciting city, with leading innovation and developments. We’re proud to be a city that includes, supports, connects, and uses the talents of the whole community in our pursuit to provide a connected and safe community. We’re also a future-focused city who cares about enhancing our natural and built environment. Our future looks bright, it looks vibrant and progressive.

Palmerston North City Council provides services to over 90,000 residents, employing over 650 staff across a broad range of functions. We’re leading a bold vision for Palmerston North: small city benefits, big city ambition that will help the metro achieve its potential, capitalise on its strengths, and thrive in the future. To support its continued success, we’re seeking expressions of interest for a Chief Infrastructure Officer (CIO).

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the CIO will lead us in delivering on the infrastructure aspects of our Long Term Plan.

Included in this portfolio are Asset Management Planning; Parks and Logistics; Project Management Office; Property and Resource Recovery; Transport and Development and Three Waters. You will be responsible for the largest budgets in the organisation and have 300 people in your team helping serve our community.

Outstanding organisational leadership is at the heart of this role, so it will be important for the appointee to have a background that includes leading and enabling teams to flourish, and in guiding people to unify around ambitious organisational goals. A background in local government is preferred but not essential, and experience in leading teams of comparable size and complexity will also be useful.

As a member of our Senior Leadership Team, the CIO will be able to take an executive organisation-wide approach to problem definition and resolution. Business partnership is central to the work of the Infrastructure Unit, so the CIO will be expert and forging broad, collegial relationships with internal and community partners.

For those seeking a fantastic opportunity in a dynamic local government setting, this role represents a compelling next career step.

To apply in strict confidence now, please complete the ‘apply for this job’ application form, attaching your cover letter and CV. Applications close on 15th February 2023 at 9.00am. Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

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For more information please phone Nick Buck +64 27 474 5366.


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Permanent Full Time

Job no: 8455NI LG

Location: Palmerston North City

Closing Date: Wednesday, 15 February 2023