Chief Financial Officer

Decipher Group
Christchurch, New Zealand
Competitive Salary
Apr 06, 2021
May 01, 2021
Job Role
Contract Type
Full Time
This role needs a confident, energetic and smart CFO with initiative
About the company Christchurch City Holdings Limited (CCHL) is the wholly owned investment arm of the Christchurch City Council and currently holds shares in six trading companies. These trading companies own and run some of the key infrastructure of Christchurch, including electricity and broadband delivery, the port, the airport, facilities and infrastructure maintenance, water management, waste processing and recycling facilities - all of which are critical to the regional economy.
It is the role of CCHL to oversee the performance of these trading entities from a governance perspective and to ensure that these entities are fulfilling the financial, sustainability, people focused and social/cultural objectives agreed with the Council and in alignment with the strategic framework of CCHL. In turn, this will allow CCHL to pay dividends to the Council as the shareholder.
With such diversity and complexity of investments, varied debt management, NZX compliance and stakeholder relationships; CCHL needs a talented and broadly skilled CFO to join the team. Keen for this challenge?
About the opportunity Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and leading a small yet highly capable team, the CFO takes a broad focus than spans investment performance reporting and monitoring together with managing a range of stakeholder relationships. In doing this, the CFO:
  • Supports the CEO and the Board on development and execution of the strategy for CCHL including providing financial insight, advice and research that supports decision making;
  • Works collaboratively with all members of the CCHL team - no matter what is required; roll your sleeves up!
  • Works closely with all subsidiary CFOs to ensure performance measures developed align with the requirements of Council and that performance itself meets objectives;
  • Reviews and consolidates all subsidiary reporting for presentation to the CCHL Board and Council in accordance with regulatory requirements;
  • Develops and actively manages relationships with all subsidiary CFOs and CEOs together with key stakeholders within Council to ensure ease of communication and to facilitate conversations on risks, opportunities and performance;
  • Manages all NZX reporting and compliance including actively managing the relationships with key contacts within the NZX;
  • Works alongside the CEO to determine and manage debt options including on the preparation of bond issues and in managing the relationships with key funding partners;
  • Attends meetings and events at Council and with the subsidiaries as required; presents reports and provides insights and updates.
This role needs a confident, energetic and smart CFO with initiative, a talent for numbers and passion for leading and supporting business performance which spans a range of metrics including financial, cultural, sustainability and safety. Sound like you?
About you To be successful in this role, you will be an experienced and proven CFO or finance leader and you would have developed your capability across a range of industries and technical disciplines. While corporate finance experience is not a necessity, exposure to this would be useful, as would an appreciation of local government in operation. A Chartered Accountant (or similar); you will have a passion for reporting and performance measurement while balancing this with a commercial approach. A deep interest in broader metrics for determining performance including a commitment to sustainability; you will enjoy taking a leadership role in enhancing the reporting approach that will support Council values.
As a leader, people will describe you as collaborative, prepared to get stuck in and deliver and as enjoying developing strong working relationships. As an executive, you will demonstrate your confidence and capability in working with a CEO and a Board on matters of strategic significance while providing them with absolute confidence in the numbers.
In return, you will be rewarded with the opportunity to be a part of this impactful Christchurch organisation which provides flexibility and a high performing, supportive environment for its people - and to contribute to the commercial and social success of the region. Interested?
How to apply
To discover more about CCHL, visit

For a confidential discussion about the role; contact Leanne Crozier, Director by email to

Applications close: Friday 30th April 2021