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This opportunity presents as one of the more all-encompassing and challenging CFO opportunities available in Wellington.

Te Tari Taiwhenua/Internal Affairs serves and connects people, communities and government to build a safe, prosperous and respected nation. They deliver value to New Zealanders in many ways – leading digital government, keeping Kiwis safe from harm, supporting strong and resilient communities, strengthening civic participation and governance, and fostering our cultural identity. In other words, they are all about helping to make New Zealand better for New Zealanders.

This opportunity presents as one of the more all-encompassing and challenging CFO opportunities available in Wellington. Whilst Government sector experience is desirable, we want to engage with superior CFO’s who can see the opportunity that successfully tackling a role with real scale in all areas would bring.

This role will have full responsibility for the strategic financial requirements across the organisation; playing the key role of assessing and steering organisational performance; strategically positioning the organisation to ensure that its systems and processes meet their future needs and helping the organisation deliver to its Value for Money targets.

The pace and frequency of change in this environment is unrelenting. You must therefore be a professional who is highly resilient, embracing such an environment with the ability to see what is coming, and play a central role in advising and steering the organisation through the myriad of obstacles that are encountered.

With full responsibility for the governance and performance of “all things finance,” including operational budgets, assets and future developments, you will exhibit the ability to genuinely operate strategically in the broadest business sense. This will involve partnering with, and advising, the CEO and Executive to ensure effective planning and management across the organisation, maintaining focus on critical KPI’s, and driving the consistent achievement of key outcomes.

Other competencies you will be able to demonstrate, include:

  • Passionate leadership of people, initiatives, systems and change
  • An innate ability to “see the wood for the trees” no matter the complexity, ambiguity and peripheral “noise,” that you will constantly encounter.
  • Accurately assessing risk in the broadest terms, but managing it to ensure it does not constrain the organisation.
  • Superior relationship management skills, at all levels, utilised internally and externally.

This unique role provides challenge, and influence, on a scale we seldom see in the discipline. You really must be ‘up for it,’ as only the most motivated and driven of professionals will succeed, and enhance their reputations accordingly.

You will be a decisive and confident leader who drives from the front and has a strong focus on the commercial and value for money outcomes. It is imperative that you are CA qualified and hold membership of CAANZ or equivalent.

This is a high profile appointment within the Public Sector and would suit a professional with senior management experience in large and complex organisations.  You will be a skilled financial steward, ideally with knowledge of public sector financial management frameworks and legislation.

For further information in strict confidence, please contact Graeme Sandri on 04 978 1826 or 029 248 8502 or Tony Walsh on 04 978 1833 or 029 271 1101 quoting reference 2995776.

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