Chief Executive Officer

Poutama Trust

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Poutama Trust is a well-known, highly credible and innovative organisation, established in 1988 to provide services that support and facilitate Māori business development.

A unique and exciting opportunity has opened up for a new Chief Executive Officer:

  • to drive Poutama Trust forward into the future;
  • to accelerate the development of the Māori SME and asset holding sectors;
  • to facilitate Māori innovation and entrepreneurship; and
  • to inspire transformative positive change for Māori and the New Zealand economy.

You will be a values-driven person and a self-starter with a strong focus on commercial management skills and business development initiatives for Māori. You will present with the proven ability to work collaboratively to develop and maintain effective relationships within Te Ao Māori, with key stakeholders including public and private sector enterprises, service providers, contractors, clients, and key business partners, nationally and internationally.  You will implement stringent project management processes to ensure the timely and cost-effective development of key projects to be delivered. Modelling effective and courageous leadership that is innovative and visionary; your leadership will bring parties together, connecting, building, and unifying via communication of purpose and goals.

This is a small, dynamic team environment with Poutama staff members currently working from home in their respective regions.  You will be able to lead and manage this team to develop and implement financial, administrative and information technology systems which best meet the needs and demands of the Trust and its clients.

We invite applicants to apply, with appropriate experience, knowledge, and skills including:

  • Recent or current experience in a General Manager, operations management, or senior people leadership position.
  • Experience in Māori economic development and sound knowledge of the issues facing Māori involved in commercial activities.
  • Proven financial acumen, risk and compliance experience and be conversant with legal statues and accounting standards.
  • Demonstrated ability as a people influencer, people leader and trusted advisor.
  • Experience in the translation of strategy into operational success.
  • Able to identify and maintain effective, strategic relationships with key stakeholders, through developing strong, long-term, high trust relationships.
  • Skilled in modelling concepts, able to work with complexity comfortably; and intellectually sharp, capable, and agile.
  • Demonstration of building a high performing organisational culture, bringing people together and building a unity of purpose.
  • Skilled in the implementation and delivery of Boards of trustees’ decisions and policies.
  • Politically astute, you will have an awareness of the sensitivity of the kaupapa.

You will understand the interface between the role of trustees and management and be responsible for further developing and maintaining organisational governance framework.  Accountable for communicating relevant trends and material changes in the organisation’s external operating environment, you will regularly review and report on issues that could create future risks, providing a comprehensive risk analysis, implementing Trustees decisions as required.

Naturally, you will have had extensive experience in a similar, senior position and be looking for a career step forward.  You may be a current CEO of a small corporate business (or NGO), a leader within business or within the communities you operate in.  An appreciation of Māori cultural values and perspectives and an acceptable level of understanding of Te Reo Māori will be required.  Your career will have been founded on credibility, and a proven track record and hands-on involvement in the organisations in which you’ve led.

You will have the mana and cultural expertise to bring diverse and broad groups together, to lead and foster a centralised way of working, one which harnesses change and drives collaboration and shared outcomes.  In return, you will join an organisation that values innovation and genuinely cares for their employees.  You will inherit a small but qualified team of people who are enthusiastic, positive, and invested in what they do.

As expected; such a position will command remuneration befitting a senior level leader.

To apply, or to enquire further in confidence call or email please contact Heather Walker for a confidential conversation now on (09) 632 1108 or email your up-dated CV and covering letter through to

Applications close: Friday 30th October 2020 at 5pm.


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