GM - Finance and Corporate Services

Ōpōtiki District has a relatively small population but it is huge in size, opportunity and culture. We are in a period of growth on one of the most beautiful coastal areas of New Zealand.  Working with us means you can work and play in a district that you will also have a hand in shaping.  As a thriving Council we are always looking for opportunities to enable Ōpōtiki’s wellbeing and growth – as we believe a stronger community has a stronger future.  


This opportunity will be just right for a person who wants lifestyle balance but also enjoys the stimulation of being in a key senior role.  Over the last few years we have enjoyed the opportunity to develop our Finance and Corporate Services to match the needs of our growing organisation. And whilst there is always opportunity to continuously improve, we also need to bed in many of our changes, so we reap the rewards of our investments to date.


So, a bit about you

You will love a challenge, be a systemic thinker and a change leader, who can sift through complexities to find the best way forward as we continue our journey to mature and develop our finance, people, wellbeing, IT and information strategies, sustainably.


You will be a seasoned professional who understands strategy and the need to deliver on our commitments. As an excellent communicator and collaborator, you will work alongside your colleagues on the Senior Leadership team and with our talented teams, to deliver to our long-term plans.


You will be an experienced leader in the finance world but also understand the breadth of corporate services and will relish the opportunity to create an environment where your direct report managers, and their people, thrive and feel empowered to deliver effective corporate services for the wider organisation.


Some of the specifics

  • Degree in accountancy or other related discipline essential and post-graduate qualification
  • Ten years’ experience in senior management and capability in leading and managing people, ideally across a range of corporate services disciplines
  • A thorough understanding of the legal and regulatory framework of local government is a must for success in this role
  • Understands principles and practices of strategic HR and the impact on organisations
  • Able to work across disciplines to motivate and engage to deliver strategic outcomes for the business
  • Proven experience in delivering strategic plans, monitoring and managing for effective outcomes

Applicant must hold a current NZ driver licence and have rights to work in New Zealand.


If this sounds of interest and you are ready for your next challenge then don’t hesitate, Apply Now!


For a position description and to apply online please visit our website If you have any questions about the role please reach out to Lisa Taiapa, HR Manager


Applications close Monday 28 June 2021 at 4.00 pm.  We will interview as we go which means this role may close early if we find the right person.


Aileen Lawrie

Chief Executive

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Permanent Full Time


Location: Opotiki

Closing Date: Monday, 28 June 2021