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Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

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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 (“HBRC”) 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:

Our Finance Team is navigating through a period of change and growth and we are looking for a talented and passionate finance leader to take the helm, and develop the team of 21. The finance team is responsible for the delivery of all facets of the HBRC finance function and strategic advice to the Council and senior management.

Reporting to the Group Manager – Corporate, the role of Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) is to provide effective leadership, direction and management of the HBRC finance team, to identify and deliver strategic recommendations, and provide quality financial advice to the Council and Executive Management Team. Specifically, the CFO will ensure that the financial operations of Council are effective, accurate and appropriate, in the context of Council’s policies and enabling legislation. 

The CFO will have significant involvement with the Executive Management Team day to day and in leading projects across the entire HBRC, which also receives strong support from a united and progressive group of councillors.


About you:

You will be a person of mana and integrity who is able to inspire and build a positive team culture to deliver a first-class finance service to HBRC.

Ideally you will have: 

  • Professional accounting qualification, along with chartered accountant membership
  • Strong leadership skills and experience effectively managing staff, preferably from within a local or central government environment
  • Proven track record of developing high performing teams
  • Success in leading, motivating and coaching individuals and a team
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong critical thinking ability
  • An excellent understanding of accounting systems


Benefits of working for HBRC include income protection and life insurance along with a range of well-being initiatives. HBRC also has a strong commitment to developing and upskilling people within a flexible and supportive working environment. In addition, HBRC will also provide relocation assistance to any candidates relocating to Hawke’s Bay for the position.

For a confidential initial discussion about this opportunity please contact Adam Caccioppoli at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway, who is supporting HBRC with the recruitment for this role. ( and (06) 8787011)

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

To view the job description click here.

Applications close 5pm 12th November.

Please note that due to the competitive talent market at present, candidates will be contacted and interviewed throughout the advertising period so please do apply immediately.



29 October 2021

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