Manager Compliance

Te Whakapakari Tahi I Tō tātau Taiao – Enhancing our environment together.

Our vision is a healthy environment and a resilient and prosperous community.


We focus on prioritising:

Te kounga o te wai, te haumarutanga me te mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi o te whakamarutanga | Water quality, safety and climate-resilient security. 

Kia koi, kia toitū hoki te whakamahinga o te whenua | Climate-smart and sustainable land use. 

Kia ora, kia āhei, kia mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi hoki te rerenga rauropi | Healthy, functioning and climate-resilient biodiversity. 

Kia toitū, kia mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi hoki ngā ratonga me ngā hanganga ā-whare | Sustainable and climate-resilient services and infrastructure. 


At Hawke’s Bay Regional Council our purpose is to work with our community to protect and manage the region’s precious taonga of rivers, lakes, soils, air, coast and biodiversity for health, wellbeing and connectivity. Our organisation is diverse and our work is varied. Our structure comprises of six key business units; Corporate Services, Integrated Catchment Management, Asset Management, Māori Partnerships, Policy & Regulation, and the Executive Advisory Group which also consists of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management.


About the Opportunity:

The HBRC Compliance team forms part of our Regulation Group, ensuring Council has the mechanisms in place to effectively and efficiently respond to incidents and report on environmental compliance to policy for our region.  Reporting directly to the Group Manager, Policy & Regulation, this role will require someone with excellent interpersonal skills, sound industry experience and a proactive nature. You will be able to provide effective management, leadership and direction to the Compliance team (which consists of 3 team leaders and 13 staff), ensuring that targets are met and results are delivered while building a collaborative and innovative team culture.

You will need to keep up to date with legislative and regulatory changes, ensuring that best practice is implemented and HBRC remains compliant while delivering on strategic outcomes. Alongside this, you will have proven leadership capabilities and a commitment to the Quality Management System within Compliance ensuring that processes deliver their intended outputs. As a leader you will advocate for continuous improvement across the team while maintaining a strong customer focus. A solid understanding of compliance monitoring and experience with Environment Court Hearings is essential.


The key objectives of the role are:

  • Provide effective management, leadership and development opportunities to the compliance team
  • Establish effective short- and long-term goals to ensure that day-to-day operations are aligned with the key responsibilities of the section.
  • Ensure compliance budgets are regularly reviewed and the work programme is delivered to a high standard.
  • Evaluate current systems and processes ensuring they are fit for purpose and promote best practice.


About you:

A sound understanding of the Resource Management Act, particularly enforcement provisions, is essential to being successful in this role. An understanding of the implementation of regional policy statements and plans will be beneficial was will a sound understanding of the Building Act with regard to dams.

  • A tertiary level qualification in resource management or equivalent
  • A minimum of five years’ compliance monitoring or complaints investigations experience in resource management, or very closely related experience, and preferably with some experience in Environment Court Hearings
  • An ability to make sound decisions through the application of rules and regulations.
  • Confident dealing with complaints and in conflict situations
  • Ability to interpret and apply law, regulations and rules to achieve compliance outcomes
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to initiate and engage effectively at all levels, internally and externally


The salary range for this role is between $113,579 to $123,672 and will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

We recognise and celebrate the importance of whānau, our community, and being an equal opportunity employer. HBRC is committed to providing equal opportunities in all aspects of employment embracing our relationship with our Treaty Partners, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the principals of partnership, protection and participation. This commitment is integral to ensuring we are an inclusive workplace for all, recognising that a diverse workforce is a strong one, which enables our organisation to better understand, reflect and serve our community.

All applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand.

This is a permanent, fulltime position. Applications close 3 May 2021 however we may interview suitable candidates throughout the process and close the listing early if we find the right person for the role.


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Permanent Full Time

Job no: DHAG147677

Location: Napier City

Closing Date: Monday, 3 May 2021