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Cyclone Gabrielle continues to impact the Hawke’s Bay and the effects will be long-lasting.

Critical infrastructure repairs are a top priority, but the damage wrought by the cyclone is not just physical – the mental health and wellbeing of business owners, employees and the broader community cannot be understated.

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Manager, Advocacy & Corporate Affairs

As both a member and recruitment partner of Business Central and the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, we're proud to present this key senior role, Manager Advocacy & Corporate Affairs.

This is a significant role that engages widely with the membership and broader business and government and is the key advisor and support to the Chief Executive in delivering advice, advocacy and guidance for the membership.

About the role

In this senior role you'll join a collaborative and supportive leadership team, and you report to and work closely with the Chief Executive. You'll drive advocacy, policy engagement, issues management, and strategy development. You'll support the Chief Executive in advocating on behalf of the membership, and your strategic approach to the job will be based on good research and engagement.

In addition, you'll have responsibility for the communications function, managing a highly capable Marketing and Design team. This will ensure delivery of high quality collateral that truly reflects Business Central's work, members, and brand. In case you wondered, marketing and design is not required as past experience.

You'll play a key part in the annual governance programme, and lead or be involved in strategic projects as they evolve.

About you

To be successful in this role, you'll likely have:

  • experience from within central or local government, or a sector organisation
  • experience working in or with campaign groups and/or think tanks
  • a background in the development of strategic or operational policy
  • experience providing thought leadership
  • political nous with a strong understanding of political landscapes
  • strong strategic and critical thinking abilities combined with a strong risk radar
  • excellent stakeholder engagement skills with the ability to build deep trusting relationships
  • strong attention to detail
  • excellent communication and presentation capabilities
  • sound leadership skills.

In addition, you'll bring a good level of energy and a strong appetite for this work. You'll be a collaborative person, who works and contributes to the wider organisational goals, and is able to build credibility and trust, backed up by excellent preparatory work.

Business Central looks closely at candidates for fit and transferable skills and welcomes a discussion to see if you might be right for the job.

About Business Central

Business Central is a membership organisation dedicated to helping businesses to be their best by lifting their capability and ensuring New Zealand has the right policy settings for business. They offer services for businesses including advice, learning, and events as well as a strong advocacy programme of support to a wide range of organisations.

The area of operation for Business Central is across Central New Zealand - from Gisborne in the east, to New Plymouth in the west, and south to the Nelson area. Business Central is part of the BusinessNZ Network which means you are a key contributor in the country's premier advocacy network for business. The ability is there to be involved in today's policy issues and build an unparalleled network.

What Business Central will offer you

In return for your energy and expertise, you'll join a warm, inclusive, and dynamic team environment but one that is equally focused on high quality work that creates outcomes.

Working within a high trust environment, and freshly renovated centrally based offices, you 'll be given the space to bring your work to life, and the opportunities to grow and develop as a future leader. As part of Business Central, you will get to grow and expand your connections across business in this wide Central area.

If this sounds like the opportunity you've been waiting for, please apply now. Please submit your CV and a cover letter outlining why you are the person we're looking for, for this key role.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 29th January 2024. Please don't delay with your application as we will review these regularly over this time.

For further information please contact Jacaleen Williams on 021 732 996 quoting job number 108053.

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