Vacancy for Wellington City Council Manager Economic Wellbeing and CCOs closes 24-Oct-2021

  • Influence and shape the future of Wellington’s economic growth
  • Lead and drive WCC’s economic strategy implementation
  • Role with impact, mana and high profile

Rare is this opportunity to significantly impact the economic development of Aotearoa’s Capital by developing tangible actions to drive productivity and innovation across the economy.

Kia mahi ngātahi mō Pōneke mō tōna āpōpō Working together for Wellington’s future is our unifying purpose and our city vision is ‘An inclusive, sustainable and creative capital for people to live work and play’.

Wellington City Council has an important role in supporting economic activity working alongside key delivery partners.

Roles of the Council encompass:

  • promoting the city as a place to visit, work and undertake business
  • attracting events, providing public amenities, providing functional and resilient infrastructure
  • facilitating connections across the City, nationally and internationally
  • creating a business-friendly environment
  • delivering the Council’s services in a business-friendly way.

Wellington’s economic success is intertwined with the performance of the wider region and the national economy. Our future goal for the city is to attract, retain and grow investment, to create jobs, and to support sustainable economic growth in Wellington City.

This is a newly created senior leadership role established to reflect the significance of the new economic strategy. Integral to this role is leading and driving WCC’s economic strategy implementation, managing the Economic Wellbeing and relationships with the Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) business units.

You will be a thought leader who will be required to operate broadly across WCC as well as externally, to ensure the appropriate focus, investment, and interventions are developed and deployed to deliver on the Economic Strategy. You will work with and manage CCO strategic relationships, their inputs into the Council’s Strategies and plans, and ensuring alignment to the strategic direction for the city. You’ll ignite a meaningful career by working with our key stakeholders such as WellingtonNZ, iwi, external sector stakeholders and central and local government, to develop and implement regional strategy, shape the contribution of Wellington city, and participate in regional economic development governance and coordination forums.

The role is not for faint hearted – you will be a strategic thinker who understands the economic issues, drivers and levers of growth and can deliver on the Economic Wellbeing priorities for Wellington. You will build strong partnerships, elevating the prominence and our relationships with the CCOs to a strategic level, while navigating the challenging political landscape. In short, it requires a heavy hitter, who can inspire, lead, and collaborate internally, while making their presence felt outside the organisation.

We wish to appoint a senior leader with strong knowledge of how government works, who is well versed in Wellington’s business sectors and wants to work across business and government to deliver real world solutions for Wellingtonians. It is imperative you can manage complex, high profile stakeholders in the city’s commerce scene; position yourself as a strategic influencer, and push the boundaries on what is possible to ensure win-win and better outcomes.

This is such a unique opportunity to drive the city’s economic wellbeing alongside our key partners to ensure; a recovering city economy that is diversified, growing sustainably, and resilient; a compact central city that is the economic heart of the region with thriving suburban centres; a thriving Māori economy, generating incomes, jobs, and opportunities for rangatahi, iwi, hapū and whānau Māori to grow. It is an exciting and crucial time to join the Council to play a key role in the city’s recovery from a challenging pandemic. If you’re passionate about being at the forefront of change and ready to capitalise on everything you have achieved in your career, in a role that will potentially change your life and considerably enhance the lives of others, we look forward to talking with you!

An attractive and flexible remuneration package will be offered to secure the right person for this role. All applications for this role must be submitted online and will be treated in strict confidence. If you would like more information or have a confidential chat before applying, you are welcome to contact Aleena Antony. Talent Acquisition Partner at

Applications will close Sunday, 24 October 2021.

We’re looking for people who share our passion for Wellington and have the same values that we do – to make our city an even better place to live and work.