Group Manager Services & Assets - Southland District Council

Permanent Full Time

  • Executive Role
  • Invercargill Based
  • Lead a Large & Diverse Portfolio

The Southland District Council (SDC) is a territorial authority responsible for the largest land area of 30,401 km², in arguably the most unique and beautiful part of the country, including the Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Te Anau and Stewart Island. SDC is renowned for sector leadership at both political and management level and has recently unveiled the new Southland District Story, a rebranding project that will develop new and innovative ways to partner with the many varied communities that make up their district.

With the incumbent retiring, this is a rare opportunity to lead a large team of 80 FTEs across a varied portfolio including transport, property, 3 waters, parks and reserves, forestry, community engineers, Te Anau Airport and SIESA. Reporting to the Chief Executive and as a member of the senior team, you will contribute to the strategic leadership of the Council providing the visionary long-term infrastructural planning and services required to take asset management to the next level. This represents an excellent opportunity to progress some long standing critical projects for the region including the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail and the Te Anau Wastewater Discharge Project.

Successful candidates will likely be a Chartered Engineer with experience in senior leadership positions in either the private or public sectors. We seek a skilful leader with strengths in relationship management and a track record of successful collaboration with key stakeholders.  You will have strong commercial acumen, demonstrated success with health and safety, project management and associated disciplines,  along with experience in leading change and innovation. 

A unique job opportunity awaits in a well-led and forward focused District Council, offering all the lifestyle benefits of living and working in Southland.

To apply in strict confidence now, email your cover letter and CV to quoting 846432lg. Applications close on 23 October 2017. Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

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

Location: Invercargill City

Closing Date: Monday, October 23, 2017

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Job no: 846432lg