Chief Executive

  • High-profile, vibrant city.
  • Superb lifestyle options.
  • Large-scale employer.

Palmerston North (or as we like to call it, Palmy) is a fast growing, innovative and exciting city. One of New Zealand’s top regional cities with a ‘Small city benefits and big city ambition’ vision, has secured its place on the map as a creative and exciting city, with leading innovation and developments!
A university city, known for its tertiary education sector, world-leading food research, agribusiness and one of the country’s top three distribution hubs, this is the place to come and make your mark.
Palmy offers superb work/life balance options, with great restaurants & cafes, arts scene and outdoor activities for your weekends or after work. And, for your long weekends you’re just 2-3 hours away from Wellington, Wairarapa, Taupo. New Plymouth or Hawkes’ Bay.
The City Council is seeking its next Chief Executive to help lead Palmy as it goes from being regional to punching alongside the metros. 
With oversight of community services, infrastructure, consenting and economic development you’re in for making real positive change for the community.
We’re seeking expressions of interest from senior leaders who have gained extensive experience of working in the local government sector. An exceptional people leader, sound decision making, trusted advisor and political and financial acumen will be key skills you’ll bring to the role. Palmy is one of New Zealand’s most multicultural cities and diversity is important to us and you’ll be helping bring your skills in te ao Māori to our decision making. Great Iwi partnership with mana whenua Rangitane, along with community and wider stakeholder engagement have been key to the Council’s success over the past few years and you’ll need to take that on and continue to build on these key areas.
That won’t be too hard though, as you’ll be responsible for more than 600 staff who are passionate and dedicated to getting the best outcomes for their community – Papaioea, Palmerston North.
If this sounds like you, get in touch.
APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Thursday, 30 June 2022
FURTHER ENQUIRIES: Simon Boyes on 04 550 8000

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