Senior Manager Operations - Kaikōura District Council

Reference Number: 320144

Location: Kaikoura

  • Kaikōura Based
  • Small Council, Big Opportunity
  • Broad Operational Executive Leadership Role

Kaikōura District Council is proud to be the first local authority in the world to achieve EarthCheck Platinum certification, proudly leading the way in responsible custodianship to protect its unique environment whilst working towards sustainability for the District’s residents and visitors. It provides services to a community that is widely spread across a region that enjoys some of New Zealand’s most stunning scenery and unique tourism attractions.  The district is predominantly rural covering over 2,000 km2 and is home to 3,780 people.  The Council employs 46 FTE’s and has a total rates take of $7.8 million with a total revenue this year of $32 million, including earthquake grants.

The council is now looking to build the capacity and capability of the organisation to drive and deliver on the final stages of recovery, since the 2016 earthquake, whilst implementing a sustainable approach to future services.


As a key member of the Executive Team, and reporting directly to the CEO, this new senior operational leadership role will lead around 17 FTEs to develop effective service-centric and customer-focused operations for the district’s infrastructure. 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 processes and that regulatory compliance is delivered at a consistent standard.


Candidates of interest will come from a local government environment with proven experience at senior level leading teams and budgets, along with a demonstrated ability to collaborate and 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.


This represents a rare opportunity for an executive and leader with a growth mindset and positive can-do attitude, who is up for the challenge required to shape a high performing Council that dares to be different.

To apply in strict confidence now, please complete the ‘apply for this job’ application form, attaching your cover letter and CV.  Applications close on 1 September 2019.  Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

Click here to view Candidate Briefing and Position Description.

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

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