Chief Operating Officer

Reference Number: 7512aa

Location: Lincoln, Canterbury

  • Deliver strategic priorities
  • Key member of Senior Leadership Team
  • Nimble, accessible and flexible work environment


About the Role

Contribute to the development and lead fulfilment of the University’s strategic and operational planning, ensuring that Lincoln University’s financial health is assured, and the systems and assets used are fit for purpose and meet the needs of staff and students.

Key role responsibilities:

  • Advise on maximising financial performance and risk through financial management.
  • Advise on commercial relationships and contribute to those relationships as appropriate.
  • Lead the portfolio:
    • Financial services – Planning, management, reporting and compliance
    • Controlled and related entities; asset optimisation
    • Information Technology
    • Property Services
    • Campus Development Programme
  • Implement the Operational Plan
  • Demonstrate, encourage and support the University’s commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Support a safe working and teaching environment for staff and students.

The COO will develop and maintain excellent working relationships with staff and work with other stakeholders as required to perform effectively.

Teams reporting directly to the role include:

  • Campus Development
  • Facilities Maintenance
  • Finance
  • Information Technology


Skills and experience:

  • CA qualified (or equivalent), highly skilled across strategic financial management.
  • Demonstrated skill managing commercial arrangements and business cases.
  • Ability to lead change, inspire and motivate others.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and stakeholder management skills.
  • Strong understanding of enterprise wide information technology.



  • Competitive remuneration package.
  • Opportunity to grow the role and make it your own.
  • Small, nimble, accessible and flexible work environment.
  • Financially secure and sustainable entity with strong government support.


About the Company

Lincoln University exists to conduct world-class research and education to grow the knowledge of its students and help shape a world that benefits from a greater understanding of the relationships between land, food and ecosystems.  Ranked 387th in the current QS World University Rankings, Lincoln has a student headcount of 3305 and approximately 650 staff.  Situated in Christchurch, its Te Waihora campus comprises 58 hectares of park-like grounds, surrounded by a further 447 hectares of commercial and demonstration farmland that is used for education and research purposes.



To apply in strict confidence now, please complete the ‘apply for this job’ application form, attaching your cover letter and CV.  Applications close on 9 May 2021.  Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

Please click here to view the Candidate Briefing Information.

For more information please phone Mike Stenhouse on +64 27 442 8348.

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