General Manager Operations – Mackenzie District Council

Reference Number: 323877aa

Location: Fairlie/ South Canterbury

  • New Executive Team
  • Broad Operational General Management Role
  • Unprecedented opportunity to make a difference in a region of national significance

The Mackenzie District Council covers an area of approximately 746,000 hectares, one of the largest Councils in terms of its land area.  Its geography is dominated by the iconic Aoraki Mount Cook, Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki and the Mackenzie basin. The district includes the towns of Fairlie, Lake Tekapo, and Twizel and the alpine village of Mount Cook. 

Four ski fields, golf courses, the National Rowing facilities at Lake Ruataniwha, the Dark Sky Reserve and numerous walks and cycleways has driven significant national and international tourism growth. The Council is committed to managing this growth in a manner sensitive to this iconic environment - seeing peace and serenity as an asset and making decisions that will leave things better for the future.

With a small rate payer base and large geographic area, we need to dare to be different and innovative in how we work. We are looking to build the capacity and capability of our organisation to meet these challenges. We offer you the opportunity to work with us on these challenges, with employment packages and flexibility to enjoy all this district has to offer!


As a key member of the new Executive Team, this senior operational role will lead around 23 FTEs to develop effective service-centric and customer-focused operations for infrastructure, parks and property assets. Leading the delivery of the roading, three waters, waste management functions and capital works programmes, you will ensure the long term plan is effectively implemented through the development of high quality consenting processes and that regulatory compliance is delivered at a consistent standard.


Candidates of interest will come from a local government environment with at least 10 to 15 years’ experience at senior level managing large teams and budgets, along with a proven ability to implement modern and effective infrastructure functions. Strong commercial acumen and significant experience ensuring the successful delivery of large, complex infrastructure projects is required, along with experience leading change across a business.

To apply in strict confidence now, please complete the ‘apply for this job’ application form, attaching your cover letter and CV.  Applications close on 24 March 2019.  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.

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