Group Manager - Customer and Regulatory Services, Horowhenua District Council

Reference Number: 361354aa

Location: Levin, Manawatu

  • Contribute through leadership to complex regional programs
  • Drive collaboration with community and regional stakeholders
  • Work in vibrant Horowhenua

Located north of Wellington and with a population of 33,000, Horowhenua offers a stunning natural environment on the lower west coast of the North Island. With unspoilt beaches, forest walks and a hinterland rich in Māori and European history, Horowhenua has superb natural assets and a thriving cultural life. The district also concentrates a wide range of economic activity, facilities and visitor attractions in a compact and accessible area. In this context, Horowhenua District Council’s (HDC) role is to develop a district that balances economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Group Manager will lead the delivery of all HDC’s customer and regulatory service functions. Overseeing a large team, they will inspire the group to ensure it is operating in a compliant and customer-centric manner. As a member of the Senior Management Team, this role is also part of the unit responsible for delivering on Council’s community strategy and priorities, as defined in the Long Term Plan.  

Horowhenua is currently well placed for growth, with regional infrastructure supporting continued development across the district. For this reason, HDC seeks leaders with the commitment and ability to work in contexts of change, and with a passion for prioritising community interests during this time of transformation. A service ethic - and an understanding of the financial, social, cultural and environmental factors that councils work within – are important for success in this role.  

Preferred candidates will bring extensive experience in similarly complex contexts – within or outside local government. They will have a history of forging and maintaining strong relationships with the community: a proven ability to lead from the front, listen and liaise in a community-centric environment is essential. Also important is a background in leading large, multi-faceted teams, and a readiness to negotiate the tactical challenges of operational management. For those seeking an exciting executive role in a dynamic local government environment, this role represents a compelling next career step.

To apply in strict confidence now, please complete the ‘apply for this job’ application form, attaching your cover letter and CV. Applications close on November 28th 2019. Emails will be electronically acknowledged, and further correspondence may be by email.

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For more information please phone Nicholas Buck on +64 27 474 5366.

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