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Financial Accountant

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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 dedicated Financial Accountant to join the team in this newly created role. The Finance Team is responsible for the delivery of all facets of the HBRC finance function and strategic advice to the wider Council and senior management. 

Reporting to the Senior Group Accountant, the Financial Accountant will be responsible for a wide range of financial accounting tasks, including but not limited to – 

  • Assisting with financial reporting to Council and Management, including preparation of financial statements and reconciliation of various balance sheet control accounts
  • Maintaining the asset database within the general ledger
  • Processing monthly GST returns, quarterly FBT returns and Statistical returns
  • Preparing annual Income tax returns for sign off by Senior Group Accountant
  • Maintaining oversight, reviewing and monitoring bank reconciliations prepared by transactional team
  • Financial review of fortnightly payroll, including providing advice and support to the payroll function regarding taxation and other legislative requirement


About you:

In addition to being a team player and demonstrating a self-motivated can-do attitude, ideally you will also have: 

  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree or equivalent accounting tertiary qualification, with a CA qualification or progressing towards CA qualification being an advantage
  • Previous experience in a financial accounting position with demonstrable knowledge of taxation and accounting standards
  • Experience with the preparation of annual reports and other statutory returns such as GST, FBT etc
  • Experience in working with financial reporting systems and requirements
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, including intermediate to advanced MS Excel skills


Benefits of working for our team 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, the HBRC will also provide relocation assistance to any candidates relocating to Hawke’s Bay for the position.

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

To view the job description please 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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