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Project Accountant


About The opportunity | Ko te āheinga:

Are you an experienced accountant looking for a dynamic role where you can make a significant impact? We are currently seeking two dedicated Project Accountants to join our team and play a pivotal role in ensuring the financial success of our Project Management Office (PMO) within Council. These roles are your opportunity to make an active contribution to projects focused on Hawke’s Bay’s flood resilience infrastructure, contributing towards making our region a better place to live. Extensive efforts are currently in progress to design, oversee and manage multiple comprehensive construction projects ranging from $20-70 million. This work is diverse and interesting, offering a rare opportunity to be part of a flood network redesign for an entire region, work that will continue to unfold over the next ten years. These projects will make a real difference for Hawke’s Bay, bringing you immense job satisfaction and a feeling of true achievement.


About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

As a Project Accountant, you will be responsible for providing essential, professional insight into the financial operations of the PMO. You will ensure that financial reporting functions are effective, accurate, and timely to enable projects to progress at pace. You will be someone who can collaborate closely with the team, preparing project budgets and reporting actual delivery against them, offering comprehensive explanations for any variances that arise. To succeed in this space, you will be able to demonstrate strong analytical skills, attention to detail, and effective communication skills. Your commitment to excellence and ability to thrive in a collaborative environment will be essential.


Ideally you will also have:

  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree or equivalent tertiary qualification in Accounting.
  • Minimum 2 years accounting experience.
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team, demonstrating initiative and problem-solving abilities.
  • Experience in a Council environment and in project/programme environment providing tracking, managing and reporting on project financials is highly desirable.
  • Resilience, adaptability, and flexibility to keep up with the ever-changing nature of HBRC.


What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

The salary range for this role is between $89,640 to $99,600 and will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

 This is a high-performing and motivated team of professionals that you will be joining, offering an opportunity to experience working within local government and supporting the recovery work from Cyclone Gabrielle.


Other benefits of working for our team include:

  • Flexible working options to support work/life balance
  • 5 weeks annual leave after 3 years
  • 4% superannuation after 3 years
  • Life insurance and income protection
  • Subsidised eye tests and lenses, flu vaccinations, and other well-being initiatives
  • Strong commitment to developing and upskilling people within a supportive working environment.

 See a full list of our staff benefits here . 

As an equal opportunity employer, we are dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. We recognise that collaborative and innovative organisations depend on having a workforce made up from a diverse range of perspectives and experiences. We're all about excellence, and we encourage open communication – if you need any specific support, just let us know! Our main goal is to empower each person to share their unique talents to contribute to the outcomes for our community. This commitment ensures that our workplace is a dynamic and progressive space where everyone can flourish.


HBRC is responsible for Civil Defence emergencies and as such, all staff may be called upon to support the response.


How to apply | I pēhea ki te whakauru:

Applications close 30 March 2024 however we will be shortlisting and interviewing appropriate candidates as applications are received. If you are interested in this position, please do not wait to apply as we may close the ad earlier than advertised.

 To view the job description please visit our website here.


Please apply through Seek . If you require any further information, please email


About us | E pā ki a mātou:

At Hawke’s Bay Regional Council 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.


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. 


28 February 2024

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