Manager - Planning and Building Services

  • Invercargill based

  • Challenging leadership role

  • A new team, so make your mark!

With total income in excess of $83m per annum and employing over 415 employees, Invercargill City Council is a key player in advancing the growth and prosperity of the Southland Region. Invercargill’s reputation for being family friendly is well deserved, with affordable housing, great schools and amazing facilities. With direct flights to Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington the rest of the world is within easy reach. Central Otago, Fiordland and the Catlins are on the doorstep, home to world-famous ski fields, lakes and wineries – all good reasons why working for ICC is a great career and lifestyle choice. The city is in a strong financial position, undergoing the biggest resurgence in its 166-year history and is committed to key initiatives including the CBD redevelopment and other significant community and infrastructure investments during the coming years.

Reporting to the newly appointed Group Manager Environmental and Planning Services, the Manager of Planning and Building Services will be a key member in a new team, responsible for leading 28 staff in the newly formed Planning and Building Services team.  This busy and challenging senior leadership role has a focus on building the culture, leading change and providing technical and professional leadership and advice.


Key priorities for this role include:

  • The $240 million CBD development project

  • Develop strategic direction for the Planning and Building Services team

  • Improve systems, process and technology, including Pro Map and Go Get

  • Develop a high performing Planning and Building Services team

  • Drive an ethos of strong customer focus.


To be successful in this role, you will ideally have the following:

  • A passion for leading change and a track record of building culture and staff capability

  • A high degree of personal authenticity, integrity and EQ

  • At least 10 years' experience dealing with complex building projects

  • Tertiary qualification in building, planning or related field; BOINZ/NZPI membership

  • Experience dealing with potentially complex legislative and public relations issues

  • Experience implementing new processes and systems including working within a Quality Management System

  • Thorough working knowledge of Local Government, including knowledge of the Local Government Act 2002


This role represents a very real opportunity for someone looking for that next step to elevate their career. The significant challenges associated with this senior role and the experience gained, will ideally position you for a GM level role in the future. Relocation assistance is provided.

To apply in strict confidence now, please complete the ‘apply for this job’ application form, attaching your cover letter and CV.  Applications close on 8 December 2019.  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

Permanent Full Time

Job no: 816885lg

Location: Invercargill City

Closing Date: Monday, 9 December 2019