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Manager Science

Job No: 111496
Location: Hawkes Bay

  • Lead an innovative team of thought leaders!
  • Join a growing regional council in one of the most picturesque regions of NZ! 
  • Highly attractive base salary PLUS kiwi saver, relocation assistance & more!

About the Opportunity

Hawke's Bay Regional Council now has a rare opportunity for a full-time Manager Science to join their team in the beautiful Hawke's Bay region.

Reporting to the Group Manager Integrated Catchment Management, this highly influential and pivotal leadership role is responsible for heading up Council's science portfolio.

As the public 'face' of Council's science, you will need to ensure a high standard of science communication occurs both within and outside the council.

Some of your key objectives may be:

  • Providing exemplary leadership of a high performing team and managing the project delivery of the team and the outputs they are responsible for;
  • Networking with a wide variety of external contacts to attract research and funding for science into the region;
  • Ensuring all Council's science is aligned to agreed objectives, is of a consistently high standard and is well communicated;
  • Attending and participating in national groups or meetings relevant to regional council science;
  • Establishing, implementing and maintaining quality management system (QMS) processes; and
  • Ensuring that technical reports are well written, clearly presented and prepared on time.

To view the full Position Description, click here.

About You

To be successful in this role, it is imperative that you exhibit outstanding leadership and management skills. You must be able to effectively lead and manage a high performing team, ensuring all investigations and research conducted is based on sound scientific principles, is logical and draws appropriate conclusions.

You must have significant experience in a similar role in which you were responsible for leading a technical team. Ideally, you should also hold tertiary qualifications at a post-graduate level.

Importantly, you will have a sound understanding of environmental research, investigation and monitoring processes relevant to local government. While you don't necessarily need to be a technical expert you will need to be an effective communicator with a highly tuned ability to interpret scientific language when engaging with key stakeholders.

Hawke's Bay Regional Council is looking for someone to hit the ground running - you'll be well versed in identifying both needs and problems, and able to find solutions with initiative.

About the Benefits

This is a fantastic opportunity to play a critical role in the management of a number of large, long term, stably funded, multi-million dollar programmes! The Science Team itself is a close-knit and high performing group that place value on support, collaboration and communication.

In return for your hard work and dedication, you will receive a highly attractive salary (commensurate with skills and experience) plus kiwisaver. 

Candidates moving to the Hawke's Bay regional will also have access to relocation assistance, as well as many staff benefits.

With over 80% of employees consistently rating Hawke's Bay Regional Council as a great place to work in recent staff surveys, it's no wonder that the average employee tenure is 12 years! Council has succeeded in creating a welcoming, fun and family-friendly environment for its people, who leave work each day knowing they have contributed to a prosperous and ecologically friendly future for the region. 

Ready to hit the ground running in this pivotal leadership position? Apply Now!

About Hawke's Bay Regional Council

Hawke's Bay Regional Council (HBRC) is the regional authority for the Hawke's Bay region in New Zealand with key roles in environmental management and education; flood control and drainage; pollution and waste; and land, water and coastal management. Supporting approximately 150,000 residents, Council's vision is to enable a connected and vibrant region with resilient communities, a prosperous economy, and a clean, healthy environment.

About Hawke's Bay

If there were two words that summed up Hawke's Bay it would be 'Wine Country'. Hawke’s Bay is one of New Zealand’s warmest, driest regions and this has made it one of the country’s leading producers of wine and fruit. As well as being a popular stop on numerous NZ wine tours, Hawke's Bay is also known as an art deco city, having been rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake.

There is also an extensive network of high quality off-road recreational walkways and cycleways to suit all fitness levels, boutique artisan food stores, and a variety of museums and galleries. The Kaweka Ranges and many forest parks provide fun opportunities including tramping, fishing, mountain biking, hunting, rafting, kayaking and more.

With glorious beaches and a family-friendly community, the Hawke's Bay region is as welcoming as it is unique, with universal appeal for people from all walks and stages of life. 

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