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Group Chief Financial Officer

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Employer:  Auckland Council
Job Type:  Full Time
Auckland, New Zealand (Show on map)
  • Leadership – One of Australasia’s most significant public sector financial roles
  • Substantial complex stakeholder communication and engagement
  • Commit to outstanding financial management solutions for Auckland


Auckland Council is the largest local authority in Australasia and with its current growth and projects, the Finance team is both busy and full of opportunity. Our vision is to make Auckland a world-class city while also delivering excellent value for money. It is a vision that drives our employees to build world-class services for our 1.5 million customers. We are working to take our organisation beyond meeting customer expectations, to exceeding them and this role will play a pivotal part in making that a reality.


The Opportunity

A visionary Group Chief Financial Officer is required to provide financial and commercial leadership across the Auckland Council Group. This is a role pivotal to Auckland's future - ensuring that Auckland Council delivers and provides value for money for ratepayers while enhancing the reputation of an organisation committed to ongoing transformation. The Group CFO is a steward of Auckland's assets and must cascade information and advice to the organisation's diverse stakeholders. 

As a member of the Chief Executives leadership team, this is a challenging and rewarding role with significant scale and scope. The position has seven departments reporting to it with a team of over 700 people and is accountable for annual capital expenditure of $1.8 billion and operating expenditure of $3.1 billion. As well as responsibility for the finance functions, the Group CFO role has a broad mandate that includes Information Systems and Technology Infrastructure as well as oversight of the property and procurement functions.


About you

To be a contender for this opportunity, you will have to demonstrate a true passion for making a positive and ongoing difference to Auckland. This team works tirelessly and collaboratively to deliver successful financial outcomes for Auckland.  Ultimately this role is a substantial financial leadership and stakeholder management position. So, included in your experience will be extensive leadership experience at CFO or another Executive level in a large complex organisation with a significant asset base. Of importance are exceptional relationship skills and high emotional intelligence with demonstrable experience representing the organisation on multifaceted stakeholder issues and interests. The ability to understand a range of functions, beyond financial, within the CFO portfolio along with a commitment to further developing a collaborative team is also key. A mix of broad private commercial and public-sector business experience is preferred.


You will need proven success in:

Creating a culture of continuous improvement

Collaboration and performance, a hands-on and pragmatic approach to agreeing outcomes

The ability to understand and interpret complexity while bringing strategic acumen to business planning Experience in achieving successful outcomes and results through influencing

A relevant (preferably post-graduate commercial) tertiary qualification


What we offer

We will offer you a career-defining opportunity, rarely does the lead role in such a substantive and impactful finance position become available. Perform well and you will help shape and deliver Auckland of the future.


How to apply

If you are high performing, passionate about Auckland and committed to growing trust and confidence in Auckland Council, then join us in making a positive impact on Auckland's future. Apply today by a cover letter, addressing the key criteria, along with your CV. To discuss this opportunity confidentially please call Howard Chaffey on 021583769 or

Applications close at .11: 59 pm on 29th July 2018.


Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.#LI-TOP

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