Corporate Performance Business Partner

At the Otago Regional Council, our mission is to support the sustainable management of our environment. We’ve recently made some transformational changes within our organisation, enabling us to focus on how we work together to be sure we can deliver on our promises and continually improve how we serve our communities. We’re not overstating when we say we have some big targets to reach, and now we need the right people, in the right roles, to help us to get there.

The Opportunity

Our Management Accounting Team have an exciting opportunity for a highly ambitious and motivated professional to join them at our Dunedin Office. The primary purpose of this newly created opportunity is to partner across the organisation, providing financial management information and support to ensure robust and informed decision-making by Council Governance and Leadership teams. As the Corporate Performance Business Partner, you will provide advisory services to our operational teams, enabling them to achieve better commercial outcomes. Driving an integrated approach to business, you may be placed in specific project teams to support achievement of management and statutory financial reporting standards, demonstrating value for money for our Regional ratepayers.

Key tasks for this position include:
• Analysing and reporting monthly on financial areas including variance analysis
• Analysing and providing useful commentary on the linkages between financial and non-financial performance of Council operations
• Engaging in regular communications, support and liaison with the budget managers to go over reporting and associated insights, assisting them to produce and interpret variance analysis reports in a timely and accurate manner
• Ensuring Red Flags are identified and raised timely with budget managers and team leaders
• Business partnership and coaching to budget managers in financial reporting requirements and best practice
• Support Budget Managers prepare their annual budgets including the LTP (Long Term Plan) and AP (Annual Plan) and perform regular budget/forecast reviews.

About You

Our ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and skills:
• A tertiary qualification in Business or Accounting
• Sound, recent, experience in management accounting duties (Local Government experience is not a prerequisite but may be an advantage)
• Previous business-partnership experience
• Experience in, or exposure to, a commercial environment.

So, why ORC? Well, we think Otago is an amazing place – to live in, work in and to visit. At the Otago Regional Council, we’re proud to be working each day, together with our communities, to keep it that way for our future.

If you share this passion and can align your skills and experience to what we’ve outlined above, we would love to hear from you!

Position Description

How to Apply

Please note, NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa is essential for this role.

Please complete the online application form for the position that you are applying for, attach your cover letter and CV detailing your relevant qualifications and experience and submit.

For further information, please contact Jac Grey, Recruitment and Learning Partner –

Apply online now >>

Please note:  If you are having problems submitting your details through the online form, please email

Applications close Sunday 29th September 2019.



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