Manager Science - Otago Regional Council

Reference Number: 664164aa

Location: Dunedin/Otago

  • Dunedin Based
  • Strong leadership focus
  • Reporting to the Director

Otago is a prosperous and vibrant region which relies on its abundant natural and physical resources; farming, horticulture, viticulture and tourism, for its economic well-being.  Otago is the second largest region in New Zealand and includes Dunedin City, Central Otago, Clutha, the Queenstown Lakes district and part of the Waitaki. The Otago Regional Council (ORC) employs more than 170 people and exists to promote the sustainable development and enhancement of Otago's natural resources, preserving them for future generations.

Reporting to the Director Engineering, Hazards and Science you’ll lead a team of dedicated environmental and resource scientists, providing advice and support internally and externally, as well as contributing to a range of cross organisational projects. ORC has a strong emphasis on the development of internal capability, and this key role will be focused on leading the growth and development of the science team. 

Essential to success in this role:

  • A passion for the environment
  • Strong leadership skills with a proven ability to coach, develop and inspire your team, ensuring accountability and alignment with organisational direction
  • A desire to work closely with your management colleagues, improving business partnerships and internal collaboration
  • A focus on developing a culture of excellent customer service
  • A confident and engaging networker, with a track record of working collaboratively with key stakeholders  
  • Experienced in providing strategic oversight and able to step back and see the ‘bigger picture’.

Candidates of interest will be known for their leadership success, possibly from local or central government or from other community based service providers.  Attributes sought include excellent relationship management skills, a collaborative leadership style, well developed strategic acumen, a focus on results and a history of leading change successfully. 

Otago Regional Council are proud of the work they do and the environment they are committed to looking after. You’ll be inspired by the fact the work you do will have a direct impact on how the environment of Otago is left for future generations, and your ability to have input into the strategic direction influencing this. This is a great opportunity to make a difference and to take your team on the journey with you.

To apply in strict confidence now, please complete the ‘apply for this job’ application form, attaching your cover letter and CV. Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

Click here to view the Position Description.

For more information please phone Louise Green on +64 3 353 4367.


To apply use application form or email cvchc@sheffield.co.nz

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