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General Manager - Crown Forestry

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Chief executives & general managers
Wellington City
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Job Description

  • Exciting and varied tier 3 leadership opportunity
  • Enhance commercial performance of Crown Forestry assets
  • Seat at the Te Uru Rākau leadership table

Forestry is one of this country's most successful primary industries. Te Uru Rākau – Forestry New Zealand, within the Ministry for Primary Industries, builds on this success to create a sustainable and innovative sector that continues to grow and adapt.  In joining Te Uru Rākau, you will be part of a dynamic team with diverse responsibilities who all share the common goal of improving the social, environmental and economic outcomes for New Zealand.

This influential position is responsible for managing Crown Forestry's Assets in Te Uru Rākau. Wellington based, you will be leading a small dynamic team responsible for managing the crown interests in forestry leases on Maori land, residual crown forests and entering into new government joint ventures as part of the One Billion Trees programme.

As the successful appointee, you will enhance the commercial performance of the Crown Forestry business and will foster a culture to enable the delivery of the government's objectives for Forestry. You will be committed to achieve the best return for stakeholders while meeting the required legal obligations. You will also lead high level engagement and collaboration across government and industry.

To be credible in this role, you will offer:

  • Relevant senior management experience in commercial forestry management
  • Demonstrated experience managing relationships with Maori
  • Superior people leadership with proven capability and delivery in large scale programmes
  • Proven success in building relationships and managing diverse stakeholders
  • An in-depth understanding of relevant New Zealand legislation
  • Strong financial management and negotiation skills
  • Experience with government and ministers is desirable but not essential

Optimising the commercial potential of our forestry assets while also being innovative and future focused is no mean feat. Therefore we are looking for both a pragmatist and a thought leader to show the way as we establish as a business unit and deliver on our work programmes.

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click “APPLY NOW” in order to be directed to our website. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

For more information, please contact Haidee Wynands, Recruitment Adviser, on

Applications close 25 April 2019

MPI is an equal opportunity employer and committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to New Zealand. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career. We actively encourage applications from any background.

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