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Chief Financial Officer

Location: Nelson

Port Nelson is the maritime gateway for Te Tauihu and is a vital hub for economic activity. Port Nelson’s purpose is to facilitate regional prosperity.  Kia āhei ki te kōkiri whakamua ki te taumata ā-rohe. 

Port Nelson both directly and indirectly contributes to over 30% of the GDP of Te Tauihu. Cargo moved through the port include containerised commodities such as: apples; forest products; seafood; and wine. Bulk products include: logs, apples, kiwifruit, fuel, fertiliser, forest products, cars and methanol. In addition to traditional port activities, Port Nelson has a property portfolio, a slipway operation and through its trading entity QuayConnect provides integrated supply chain solutions. 

Along with its 2030 Long-term Strategy Plan, the Port has recently completed a 30-year Infrastructure Masterplan. Together this work has identified further growth opportunities. 

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The Chief Financial Officer is a strategic leader in the business, with a focus on business improvement and growth. With accountability for managing the finance, risk and business systems functions, you will also work as part of the Senior Management Team to help unlock opportunities for efficiency and ensuring the profitability and financial sustainability of the organisation. This is a significant and complex role, where your leadership and mentoring skills will be critical, especially as the finance team responds to keep pace with the changing business environment and works to identify where existing systems and processes can be improved. At a Board reporting level, you will contribute strategically from a finance and commercial management perspective, working to drive forward positive change in a manner that fosters a strong and collaborative team culture.

We view this as a unique opportunity for candidates who are CA qualified, who have strong technical skills, with proven experience at a CFO level, ideally in other larger sized and more complex organisations. To thrive in this role you will need to be action orientated and enjoy working with senior leaders to drive financial accountability and performance in the organisation, with an eye for growth opportunities and optimising the value of the business, yet at times you also need to roll up the sleeves and get involved. With a passion for leading people and a commitment to developing your team's capability, you will also need to be able to build positive relationships and influence across the business.

The remuneration package is competitive and where a candidate is looking to move to Nelson, relocation assistance can be provided.

To make confidential enquiries about this position please contact Patrick Methven:

Mobile: 021 372 457