Group Manager Engineering & Services

Reference Number: 7363aa

Location: Opotiki

About the Role

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Group Manager Engineering & Services will oversee the management of Council’s core infrastructural assets and services; including water, wastewater and stormwater, solid waste, asset management and transportation. With 31 staff, the Group Manager Engineering & Services contributes directly to Opotiki’s vision by effectively leading and managing key assets and projects that will shape the region and, in particular, enable sustainable development and transformation of the region.

What you bring

Working directly under the Chief Executive and alongside the senior team, we are seeking a person with energy, sound decision-making and who likes the challenge of a large scope in a developing community. Given the size of development and the legacy project needing delivery this represents an exciting opportunity for career development and enhancement. The successful candidate will likely be from an engineering background, have sound project management ability, are strategic, an excellent people-leader, possess political and cultural acumen, are a self-starter and able to work innovatively in a lower-resourced environment. They will have both the key skills and the fit required.

Who we are

Opotiki District Council located in the Bay of Plenty has a history of growing national leaders. That’s because they consistently punch above their weight and are well led. Right now, they are partnering in delivering a massive programme of harbour development to support a new aquaculture industry expansion with Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) support.

Opotiki does not need to sell itself as a location – beautiful lifestyle area, warm community, and rich culture. It is not an exaggeration to say that this council has turned heads nationwide on how they achieved the size of the PGF funding. On the back of that success, Opotiki is experiencing substantial population influx and sharing in the growth of the entire Bay of Plenty region. Much of this success is down to a good team between executive and elected council, a high-performing senior leadership group, and collaborative relationships with iwi and business. The role represents the opportunity to build off this success, deepen cultural competencies and learn from a successful council team. It you are the right candidate, that should excite you.

To apply in strict confidence now, please complete the ‘apply for this job’ application form, attaching your cover letter and CV. Applications close on 14 December 2020 but council reserves the right to fast-track applications of strong applicants.. Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

Please note that the Candidate Briefing information is not yet finalised.  Please email Kelly Smith at who will  be  happy to forward this through to you once complete.

For more information please phone David Hammond on +64 27 4446368.

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