Chief People and Performance Officer

Palmerston North (or as we like to call it, Palmy) is a growing, innovative, and exciting city. With small city benefits and big city ambition, 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.

In this context, Palmerston North City Council provides services to over 90,000 residents, employing over 650 staff across a broad range of functions. PNCC is 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, PNCC is currently seeking expressions of interest for a Chief People and Performance Officer (CPPO).

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Chief People and Performance Officer (CPPO) will lead us in delivering our Performance Plan and enabling a high-performing Council. They will also oversee the provision of human resources, digital solutions, safety and health, and organisational performance.

Some of the CPPO’s focus areas include:

  • Strategic workforce planning that reflects our service promises and the delivery needs of the Long-Term Plan
  • Te Tiriti, and how best PNCC can reflect these commitments in the way we work.  
  • Diversity, Inclusion and Equity policy, including PNCC’s strategy with respect to gendered pay.
  • Employee Experience framework
  • Digital Strategy and Roadmap to deliver Enterprise-wide solutions
  • Organisation Performance Plan and Reporting

Business partnership is central to the work of the People and Performance unit, so the CPPO will be expert and forging broad, collegial relationships with internal partners. A background in local government is preferred, and experience in leading teams of comparable size and complexity will also be useful. As a member of PNCC’s Executive, the CPPO will be able to take an organisational approach to problem definition and resolution.

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


To apply in strict confidence now, email your cover letter and CV to quoting 8362sk. Applications close on 5th October 2022 at 9.00am. Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

To view the Position Description, please click here.

For more information please phone Rachael Isaac-Kupenga on +64 21 612 106 or Nick Buck +64 27 474 5366.

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Permanent Full Time

Job no: 8362aa

Location: Palmerston North City

Closing Date: Wednesday, 5 October 2022