• Commercial Manager
  • Wellington City Council’s Waste Operations Unit

Everyone one of us produces waste. While most people never want to see it again once they’ve flushed or put out their bin, what happens next is both fascinating and fundamental for the public health of any community.

Managing sanitation services is at the core of what we do at the Council’s Waste Operations business unit.

There’s a secondary objective too. Currently, we put most of our waste into a landfill.  Ideally, we wouldn’t do that, but in New Zealand, it’s what we do for economic and other reasons.  Many Wellingtonians would rather we did something different with our waste.  We could do this, and we already do it where practical, but the alternatives are expensive and complicated, and they must not be allowed to compromise public health.

At Waste Operations, balancing sanitation with waste minimisation and financial objectives is an ongoing challenge.

The promotion of the previous incumbent has caused this vacancy.

We’re after someone to help us to manage the commercial side of the business.  You’ll be working directly with companies in the waste sector, with members of the public and senior Council staff.  You’ll need to be able to get to the nub of complex issues, and to understand and advise on how business decisions will affect the bottom line.

You’ll need to understand:

  • The machinations of an operational business with a turnover of around $16m
  • How the Emissions Trading Scheme works
  • Capital investments and business cases

Increasingly, waste is an issue where New Zealanders are expecting change.  This change will be high profile, of interest to the media, business, the public at large and to Councillors.  There’s no hiding.

If you’re interested in making a difference, we’re keen to hear from you.

To be successful in this role:

  • You will bring experience and expertise in the waste sector.  You’ll be a problem solver, who can work with a wide range of stakeholders and customers.  It’s a robust environment, and you’ll need to be personally resilient.
  • Ideally, you will have a broad understanding of Local Government and relevant legislation.
  • You will be abreast of technical developments in the construction industry.
  • A relevant tertiary qualification and experience are desirable but not essential.

Applications close 24 February. Please click here for further information and application details.