Work at QLDC

Financial Controller

Otago - Queenstown

Building Momentum | Kokiritia!

The most beautiful district in New Zealand is currently experiencing a high volume of growth.  And, with a new door opening in the next quarter (April through June 2019) for our highly valued incumbent Financial Controller and the 2019-20 financial year on the horizon, the Queenstown Lakes District Council has a select and incredible leadership opportunity for a Chartered Accountant who loves to balance developing their team’s strengths, skills and performance with hands on involvement in finance processes, policies and practices that demonstrate precision, assurance and accountability for QLDC and the community we serve.

The Role

The Financial Controller is a key leadership role within the Finance team and responsible for the integrity and accuracy of Council’s Financial Management Information System (FMIS).  This role includes maintenance of the finance compliance and control activities including establishing and reviewing policies, procedures and processes; process controls.  It will be necessary to establish a program of continuous improvement as it is essential services provided are quality focused and assist in achieving high standards of efficiency and timeliness. 

The role is responsible for completion of Council’s financial reporting obligations with a particular focus on the Annual Report and its subsequent audit. This will require liaison with a wide range of internal customers and the external auditors to ensure accuracy and timeliness in line with statutory requirements.

This senior role is full of challenge, with a strong focus on internal stakeholder interactions and continuing to develop our talented team and our collective capability the right way, and includes supervisory oversight of the following QLDC functions: 

  • Rating
  • Accounts Receivable and
  • System configuration and maintenance.

About You

  • Tertiary qualification, bachelor level or greater in finance, accounting or equivalent practical experience
  • Chartered Accountant, member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants or equivalent
  • Extensive experience (7 + years) in financial accounting roles
  • Proven track record of understanding system configuration and maintenance
  • Proven track record of creating and maintaining an effective internal control environment
  • Proven track record of developing and maintaining relationships across a broad range of sectors at a senior level
  • Experience leading and managing a team including all aspects of staff and resource management.
  • Demonstrated experience in TechOne and/or Finance One highly desirable.

The Benefits

  • Competitive market remuneration
  • Career progression and training opportunities
  • Subsidised Health Insurance
  • Discounted health and fitness club rates at our great facilities
  • Relocation allowance will be considered for the right candidate.


For more information on this key position commanding financial skill and influence, or to apply, please visit or feel free to contact Stewart Burns – General Manager – Finance, Legal & Regulatory for a confidential discussion on the challenges, rewards and opportunity to do the best work of your life – as QLDC’s Financial Controller for 2019 forward, in the best place on earth.    


The Location

Queenstown is nestled in the Southern Alps of New Zealand on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and is rated as one of the World’s top destinations. Queenstown is renowned for its four distinctive seasons which offer snow-capped mountains during the winter months for snowboarding and skiing, and long hot days which are perfect for mountain biking, food and wine tasting or walking along the many trails Queenstown has to offer during the summer months. Thrill seekers, families and food and wine connoisseurs will all find Queenstown Lakes District the perfect place to call home.

Job Description

Applications close: 03 Mar 2019