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Chief Financial Officer

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Waitaki Waitaki Otago, New Zealand
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Mar 20, 2023

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Full Time

The Waitaki District Council was created in 1989 and is the only district in the South Island that lies within two regions, stretching all the way from the coastline at Kakanui almost to the foot of Mt Cook, Aoraki. The Council provides a huge range of facilities and services for a population of over 20,000 residents, with Oamaru being Waitaki's main town.

The Council seeks employees who reflect their values and are passionate for achieving their vision. This includes acting with integrity, working collaboratively as one, doing right by each other and the community, leading decisively, providing exceptional customer service, and taking responsibility for their actions.


The Waitaki District offers a range of outdoor attractions and activities including ski fields, Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Track, tramping trails, fishing and hunting, surf beaches, rivers, and lakes! The area is well known for their penguin colonies, Victorian Precinct's architecture, award-winning restaurants, and locally crafted artisan cheeses. Oamaru is centrally based with Dunedin a one-and-a-half-hour drive via the Pacific Coast Highway, Christchurch three hours north, and Central Otago a quick two-and-a-half-hour drive through the picturesque Lindis Pass.


This is a newly created role within Council providing strategic financial leadership across all aspects of the organisation including key transformational change projects. You will be leading a team of 9 staff to provide financial insights & advice to decision makers (Elected members, council committees and community boards & officers of council) to ensure most effective & efficient use of the council's financial resources.

Key Responsibilities include:
  • Review & improve financial systems & processes ensuring best practice is implemented
  • Develop business cases, budget management & financial forecasting / analysis for stakeholders
  • Lead the accounting team & function through transformational change
  • Develop and implement the organisation's Financial Strategy to assist the Council to identify, develop, communicate and achieve its strategic goals


You will have proven experience developing & implementing best practice financial management in a complex environment with the ability to lead teams through change and organisation wide transformation. You will naturally have a collaborative approach to strategy development and be comfortable working with the Executive Leadership Team and relevant stakeholders across the business.

  • Make your mark in a newly created senior finance role
  • Personal development and career progression
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Health and wellbeing programmes and initiatives
  • Relocation package
  • Opportunity to lead and drive organisation-wide change
  • Affordable living, great schools, and a country lifestyle[KB1]
  • Most amenities within walking distance
  • Great recreational facilities in the district
  • No traffic jams - no stress
  • Stay and work in a diverse community

If you are keen to learn more about this opportunity, please contact Andrew from Platinum Recruitment on 0277 528465. A full position description is available to be reviewed on request. If you have already heard enough & are interested, then please APPLY NOW!

Applications will be processed as they are received. Please upload the latest version of your resume.

Platinum Recruitment is proud to be a member of Diversity Works New Zealand and believe in equal opportunities for all and we actively promote diversity and inclusion in all our recruitment processes “Do workplace inclusion well and do well because of it”.
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