Regional Development Manager

  • Lead the integration of transport and land use planning, urban growth and economic development initiatives for the Bay of Plenty
  • Collaborate and maintain relationships with key partners to deliver our vision and outcomes
  • Make a significant and positive difference to our communities

About us

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is responsible for land, air and water as well as public transport. A major focus of our work involves looking after the environment. We manage the effects of people’s use of freshwater, land, air and coastal water. However, we also have a broader responsibility with others for the economic, social and cultural well-being of the regional community. 

The Role

Reporting to the General Manager of Strategy and Science, this is a fantastic opportunity to bring your strong leadership capability to this high performing, collaborative and supportive team which includes Urban and Transport Planning and Regional Economic Development. This role is a key member of the Strategy and Science Leadership team and focusses on:

  • Providing leadership and increased integration between urban growth, transport planning and economic development;
  • Engaging with partners and other key stakeholders in the region to develop and maintain strong and effective working relationships;
  • Providing collaborative and strategic leadership, advice, reports and recommendations in transport, urban and economic growth to Councillors and the community;
  • Developing and implementing work programmes to deliver on key Council priority areas.

The skills and personal attributes we look for are:

  • A person who thrives on the opportunity to lead and influence in a diverse setting;
  • A ‘connector’ who is passionate about building relationships with key stakeholders;
  • Significant experience in leading teams to achieve positive outcomes;
  • A relevant bachelor degree and technical knowledge and experience in environmental planning, resource management and sustainable management principles;
  • A ‘big picture’ and strategic thinker;
  • Experience working within Local Government would be an advantage. 

The Benefits

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has a reputation for being one of NZ’s most progressive regional councils. People like working for us because we offer the following: 

  • Competitive remuneration.
  • Challenge and job satisfaction.
  • The opportunity to make a significant positive difference to our communities.
  • A supportive and collaborative work environment.

With offices based in Tauranga, Rotorua and Whakatāne, Bay of Plenty Regional Council offers the work/life balance dreams are made of. Highlights include:

  • NZ's favourite beach is a maximum of 1.5 hours from our offices.
  • Recreational lakes within an hour’s travel from each of our offices.
  • A region that covers some of NZ's most beautiful countryside.

The salary for this position ranges from $122,966 - $144,666 per annum.

How to Apply

If you are passionate about leading a diverse team and looking for a career where you can make a real difference, we would love to hear from you. Please click APPLY NOW, or for a confidential discussion you are welcome to contact Namouta Poutasi, General Manager of Strategy and Science on 0800 884 881 x 8141 or 021 289 8380.

You can also check out our careers website at

NB: To apply for this job, you must have the legal right to be able to work in New Zealand and also a current, valid driver’s licence. 

Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 11 December 2019 and will only be accepted online.

Permanent Full Time

Job no: 2019-063

Location: Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Tauranga

Closing Date: 5pm, Wednesday 11 December 2019