Director of Finance

Updated: 15 days ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 03 Jul 2024

Te Ratonga Ahumoni | Financial Services
Located in Ōtautahi | Christchurch, Aotearoa | New Zealand

  • Full-time, 37.5 hours per week
  • Permanent position
  • Generous annual leave provisions and professional development opportunities

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā!

He hiahia, he pūkenga nōu ki te mahi a te Director of Finance? Nāia te pōwhiri nā Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha kia tono mai i te tūranga nei.

The University of Canterbury (UC) offers future-focused learning, world-recognised teaching and cutting-edge research. UC is Christchurch's second largest employer with 2,584 (Full-time equivalent) employees, an annual budget of $500M and $2B in assets.

Āu Mahi | What You Will Do

As Director of Finance, you will play a critical role in managing and leading UC's Financial Services team, providing financial analysis and reporting, assessing financial risks and opportunities; setting and tracking financial goals, objectives, and budgets and contributing to UC strategies.

You will achieve this through:

  • Providing financial strategic recommendations to the senior leadership team
  • Providing leadership, coaching, guidance and advice for finance activities in the Executive Director portfolio
  • Be responsible for the oversight across all of UC's financial activities, including the provision of information to support operational and capital expenditure, revenue collection and third party funding
  • Coaching and supporting internal and external team members to develop good financial acumen and in identifying and developing business proposals that meet the University objectives
  • Leading the transformation of financial and other administrative processes across UC utilising the latest technologies
  • Leveraging initiatives for broader UC business opportunities from Financial Services and UC.

Mōu | Who You Are

You will hold a New Zealand recognised qualification as a Chartered Accountant, or equivalent and have extensive professional experience (10 - 15 years) and at least five years in a senior leadership role managing a large team.  You will be able to demonstrate experience in leading and managing change: in a large ERP implementation project, a financing context, and finance functional leadership.

You will also have:

  • Previous success and experience in a financial leadership role with a sound knowledge of business management, finance theory, practice and trends
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability in running smooth and effective business processes, new ventures, extending to the negotiation of complex contracts
  • demonstrate exceptional relationship management, skilled communication able to adjust your communication to the audience, ultimately building trust
  • Thorough understanding of business needs and market conditions which could impact on UC business and strategy, particularly in the Tertiary sector
  • Strong understanding of legal requirements and contractual obligations with an awareness of the potential impact on business activities
  • A commitment to upholding the values, tikanga (protocols and processes), kawa (rules) of cultural practice and traditions as guided by mana whenua, Ngāi Tūāhuriri, and valuing te reo Māori.

Mahi Ngātahi | Who You Will Work With

The role of Financial Services is to provide central procurement, accounting insight, business partnering and a shared service function  The unit provides a high quality service while developing and maintaining excellent relationships with internal and external customers. For more information on UC's strategy and planning, annual reports and more click here . 

Ngā Painga o UC | Why UC

Ngā Uara | Our Values of manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and tiakitanga guide our decisions and behaviour and provide a roadmap for how we do things at UC, affirming our commitment to pastoral care and support for our ākonga and staff. They challenge and inspire us to be the best we can, and make UC a great place to work and study. For more info on Ngā Uara | Our Values visit us here .

We are committed to accessible higher education, service to the community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

We offer a range of fantastic benefits including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions. For more information, please visit us:

For more information about Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury, please visit

The closing date for this position is: 3 July 2024 (midnight, NZ time)

Please note, applications will be reviewed as they are received, and interviews may take place before the close date.

Pēhea te tono mai | How You Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted via our careers website and should include a cover letter and resume.

Please note, we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to [email protected]

You must have Aotearoa New Zealand or Australian citizenship/permanent residency to be considered for this role. If you hold a valid work visa and are physically present in New Zealand then you may also be considered.


Job Details
Reference # 20950
Posted on 03 Jul 2024
Closes on 03 Jul 2024 23:59
Location(s) Christchurch
Expertise Finance
Job level(s) Management, Executive
Work type(s) Continuing (Permanent) full-time
More details (document) PD_Director of Finance 2024.pdf
Position description 1
Position description 2
Position description 3
Position description 4

Print Apply

Similar Positions