Head of Economic Transformation

Date: 24-Nov-2021

Location: NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


Company: Auckland Unlimited


  • Lead to inspire and support our people to perform at their highest
  • Play a key role in the development and implementation of economic development strategy
  • Full time permanent role with flexible work/life balance
  • Outstanding opportunity based in the vibrant heart of the city centre



He angitūtanga: The opportunity


Auckland Unlimited (AUL) is a newly created council-controlled organisation (CCO) established with an important mandate to drive investment, supporting Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland businesses to innovate and thrive, enhancing Auckland as a culturally vibrant city, telling the Tāmaki Makaurau story, and importantly providing experiences and opportunities for all. 


Within Investment & Industry (I&I) ropu as we set out to deliver economic transformation by catalysing change using insights and strategic advice to create ‘future Auckland’, an exciting opportunity has been created for an experienced and highly motivated Head of Economic Transformation to join our team reporting through to the Director. This includes:


  • Champion an economic transformation programme that grows prosperity and resilience, particularly in south and west Auckland
  • Deliver economic intelligence, data and analysis for the Investment and Industry rōpū
  • Devise strategy across the Investment and Industry rōpū, aligned to the organisation strategy, to meet needs of Aucklanders and manage planning across the rōpū,
  • Ensure connectivity and collaboration across Auckland’s economic leaders, including iwi, corporates, tertiary, small business, and community.


This role will also be an internal connector, role modelling how the organisation should work across rōpū and ensuring a joined- up approach to economic development related activity.




He kōrero mōu: About you

You will have experience working with senior management and have had successfully been able to influence plans and decisions. 


Key skills/competencies


  • 15+ years of experience in similar roles
  • Experience in developmental and delivery of economic transformation programmes in different sectors
  • Proven experience in developing business strategy and planning
  • Experience with financial management systems and reporting
  • Proven ability and experience in working in an environment with complex stakeholder relationships
  • Experience in integrated project delivery across matrix managed environments, including environments and portfolio management
  • Proven leadership capability in people management and team leadership
  • Sound commercial and financial acumen
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including being able to prepare clear reports and presentations to various stakeholders and audiences
  • Ability to build trust and strong partnerships and work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders, often with different agendas



Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer


So what’s in it for you? Well, you will be working for an exciting new organisation, Auckland Unlimited, that embraces diversity and has a culture that will be built on trust and valuing individual contributions. We offer a competitive salary; flexible working and you get to work with a team of dedicated and respected experts who share a passion for making a difference. You also get to contribute to Auckland’s growth and development by ensuring the right outcomes are achieved for our customers and our environment.


Please click on this link to access the Position Description.  All applications must be made online. If you require assistance or support through the application process, please contact us at recruitment@aucklandunlimited.com.


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Applications close 8 December 2021 at 11.59pm.  


Auckland Unlimited, a CCO of Auckland Council, is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.