12 Feb 2020

Full-Time Operations Manager – North Asia – Pacific Excellence

The University of Auckland – Te Whare Wananga o Tamaki Makaurau – Posted by University of AucklandAnywhere

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Auckland Uni 19

Job Description

Operations Manager – North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence

  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Full-time
  • Campus: Auckland City Campus

Company Description

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s pre-eminent University, with a turnover of $1.1bn, including research revenue of over $200m generated across eight diverse faculties and two research institutes. With over 6,000 staff and 42,000 students, the University of Auckland is one of New Zealand’s most significant and complex entities.

The North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPE) was established in 2017 with the aim of helping New Zealand build sustainable, future-focused economic and cultural relationships with Greater China, Japan, and Korea.

Three government-funded CAPEs (North Asia, Southeast Asia and Latin America) were established during this time to enhance New Zealand’s engagement with these regions. The CAPEs are supported by a consortium of four of New Zealand’s leading universities – University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington, Otago University and University of Waikato. Working in affiliation with these institutions, the CAPEs harness evidence-based research, stakeholder experience, academic expertise, and industry acumen to help ensure best practice with their regions of interest.

As host University of the North Asia CAPE, the University of Auckland is now looking to appoint a new Operations Manager to help oversee the day to day management of all administrative and professional services that contribute to the ongoing optimisation of the North Asia CAPE.

Job Description

Reporting to the NA CAPE Director, the Operations Manager is vital to the successful operation of the CAPE within the broader eco-structure of both the University and the CAPE’s consortium structure. The Operations Manager must work flexibly and collaboratively in co-ordinating a small yet dynamic team to support the delivery of programmes and wider activities.

Some other key responsibilities include:

Relationship Management – Demonstrating a high level of interpersonal skills through relationship management, advocacy and negotiation both within the North Asia CAPE team, the wider CAPEs Consortium, the University, and with outside organisations or key stakeholders.

  • Financial Management – Oversight of budget in consultation with the CAPE Director and Finance Business Partners.
  • Staff Leadership – Provide effective management to staff through on-going constructive feedback on operational issues, mentoring and coaching to ensure they understand their role and contribution towards the team and North Asia CAPE strategic goals. In addition, ensure staff have the appropriate level of responsibility, training and resources to perform their job effectively and achieve agreed goals.
  • Strategy & Planning – Working with the North Asia CAPE Director, provide effective strategic planning and managing operational activities.
  • Reporting & Analysis including preparation of Advisory Board reports and other contracts or documentation that aligns with University policy, CAPE mandate and Consortium agreement.

Our Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will exhibit strong experience and understanding of operational management within large and complex organisations. They will need to demonstrate proven relationship management strengths, with clear evidence of an ability to build successful business partnerships through effective communication and strategic utilisation of information. This is a leadership position and a unique role that requires strong skills in managing, influencing and driving collaboration. High-level communication ability is essential, with verbal, written and interpersonal skills integral to success in this role.

In addition, the successful applicant will possess an innovative and creative thinking style and robust business and technology acumen. Experience within the Australasian tertiary sector is preferred.

What We Offer

We are committed to providing an excellent working environment through flexible employment practices and a culture that encourages and supports staff to reach their full potential.

In addition, we offer:

  • Competitive salary
  • 6.75% superannuation scheme
  • 5 weeks annual leave
  • Flexible working and a culture dedicated to work life balance

Additional Information

Applications for this role close on the 4/3/2020

All applications must be made online.

A link to the Position Description can be found HERE

Please apply online at our careers site. Any additional enquiries can be directed to Joshua Chapman at j.chapman@auckland.ac.nz

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment.  For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTI, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other equity issues go to www.equity.auckland.ac.nz

How to Apply

In order to apply you will first need to register with the University by completing an online user profile via their website. APPLY NOW by clicking HERE to register with the University's website. Please combine your cover letter and CV as one document when submitting your application. To successfully download the full Job Description you should ensure you have pop-up blocker disabled and file downloads enabled (in Internet Explorer enabling file downloads is done by navigating to Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom Level and select radio button to enable File Downloads). If you are experiencing difficulty in any aspect of the application process or if you do not receive a confirmation email that you have applied for a role, please contact recruitment@auckland.ac.nz or Phone 09 923 1115. Applications close: 4th March 2020.

Job Categories: Leadership/Management. Job Types: Full-Time.

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