With glistening lakes, spectacular forests and geothermal wonders, Rotorua is the perfect home for nature lovers, while residents also benefit from world class outdoor activities like boating, swimming, mountain biking and fishing to name a few. Smack bang in the middle of the North Island, Rotorua also benefits from its proximity to world-class beaches and Mt Ruapehu’s ski fields. Escape the rat race and the traffic and take a fresh look at what a regional city like Rotorua has to offer.
The Rotorua Airport is the gateway to the beautiful Central North Island and, being connected to every other NZ Centre on the Air NZ network, means it is an essential hub to the area. The Airport is 100% owned by the Rotorua Lakes Council and the CE reports to an independent board of directors. The Airport hosts 260000 passengers per year, pre-COVID, with daily direct Air New Zealand services between Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and then on to Queenstown.
The past five years has seen sound strategic vision created to maximise opportunities for this significant community asset and strategic tourism partner. We are now seeking a Chief Executive for this high profile role, who will manage this community asset which is a contributor to Rotorua’s economic growth. This is an exciting time to join with a number of key strategic projects underway focusing on maximizing opportunities to diversify revenue streams, development of a property precinct and encouraging increased general aviation activity.
The CE has overall responsibility for the development of strategic, business and operational plans, and for the financial performance and legislative compliance of the Airport, including on-going compliance with Civil Aviation Rules as required under the terms of its Rotorua Airport operating certificate and Safety Management System (SMS) certification.
The key accountabilities of this role include;
- Development and maintenance of Airport Master Plan and Statement of Intent
- Set and manage budgets, preparation of detailed financial reports for the Board
- Ensure statutory requirements and regulatory compliance are met, including Health & Safety
- Manage all operational requirements as per CAA/ICAO
- Ensuring the Airport maintains a certified Safety Management System
- Provision of Rescue Fire service to ensure compliance under CAA
- Negotiation of key contracts such as significant suppliers, leases, and concessions, Airways Corporation Agreement, Airline operation and pricing along with significant maintenance and construction contracts
- Maintaining key relationships with external stakeholders, particularly the council shareholder and Ngati Uenukukopako
- Participation and initiation of joint activities with key external stakeholders which support the Airport’s strategy
- Development of innovative marketing strategies and partnerships to assist customers to maximise loadings of their routes
- Drive a managed programme of commercial land development opportunities, form strategic alliances and partnerships with other airports and infrastructure providers driving revenue opportunities and cost savings
- Public relations – providing an integrated relationship between media, the community and the Airport
- Management and coaching / development of the team
- Day to day operational matters
With the vision of being Te Waharoa: gateway of the Central North Island, the successful candidate will:
- be a highly motivated and astute leader who has a tertiary qualification along with a proven track record of success;
- have a successful track record managing a company or business unit;
- be a politically savvy communicator who demonstrates experience in, and a strong understanding of, financial management, infrastructure and asset management, and maximizing returns on shareholders’ funds and company assets; and
- feel comfortable operating in a multi-cultural environment and ideally have an understanding of Te Reo Maori.
Experience within the aviation sector would be an advantage, as would a knowledge of CAA regulations and / or knowledge of local government.
With 14 FTE’s and being a 365-day operation, the CE role requires both commitment and flexibility. You will have the ability to lead and develop a high performing and engaged team, along with being a highly strategic thinker with the ability to anticipate future needs of the airlines, passengers and community, who also brings an adaptable and practical approach to the day-to-day operational demands of the role.
If you are looking for the ideal location to find that essential work-life balance, then look no further. Get off the treadmill and discover a new life in Rotorua – career – lifestyle and balance, you’ll find it all here! Jet-set your career, take off from the rat race and plan your arrival to Rotorua.
Applications for this role close 30th July 2021. Please either apply directly online or send your CV and covering letter through to Kellie Hamlett, Recruitment and Human Resource Specialist at Talent ID Recruitment Ltd, email@example.com or phone 07 349 1081 for further information.
Only those entitled to work in New Zealand need apply. Applications will be treated confidentially.
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