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Director Finance & Administration

Job details

New Zealand Opera Ltd
31 Mar 2022
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Management & Admin


Kia ora,

New Zealand Opera is on a mission to enrich the cultural life of Aotearoa through an experience of opera that connects, engages and inspires reflection on our human condition. We have a strong strategic vision for the company, and looking to recruit a talented person to contribute to the future of opera in Aotearoa.

Reporting to the General Director, the Director Finance & Administration is a member of the Senior Leadership Team specifically responsible for managing all financial, human resource, IT and risk management functions of New Zealand Opera, ensuring the Company complies with New Zealand Law, accounting standards, and administers best practice and procedures to achieve the Company’s Purpose, Vision, Values and Goals.

We are looking for a candidate with experience in the following areas:

  • At least five years accounting experience in a senior finance role, preferably in a cultural or not-for-profit organisation, with a relevant qualification in accounting
  • Well-developed accounting, budgeting, and problem-solving skills
  • Proven skills in detailed data analysis, report writing and presentation
  • Proven ability to develop efficient and effective systems and processes
  • Willingness to be flexible, adaptable, and can contribute at a strategic level
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to understand and respond to the needs of internal and external clients
  • Proven ability to work to a very high standard of accuracy and attention to detail in a busy environment
  • An ability to lead and manage HR, IT and risk management functions.
  • Advanced skills in the use of accounting and payroll systems, Microsoft Office 365, as well as the ability to quickly learn new software programmes
  • Ability to deal with confidential information using discretion and judgement
  • A basic understanding and acknowledgement of the importance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Te Ao Māori and te reo Māori is a welcome advantage for the position
  • An appreciation of opera and/or performing arts is also an advantage

If you are a highly motivated and positive individual who would love to contribute to the future of opera in Aotearoa while working for New Zealand’s national opera company, we would love to hear from you. We provide a supportive and inclusive work environment that respects diversity.  We are located in Parnell, Auckland.

For a full Job Description use the link on our website or email

To apply, please email your CV along with a cover letter detailing your suitability for the role to Thomas de Mallet Burgess, General Director through

Applications close at 5:00 pm on 31 March 2022 (unless an appointment is made sooner).


Me mahi tahi tātou mō te oranga o te katoa

We should work together for the wellbeing of everyone


Noho ora mai rā,

Nā New Zealand Opera

How to apply

To apply, please email your CV along with a cover letter detailing your suitability for the role to Thomas de Mallet Burgess, General Director through

Written by

New Zealand Opera

16 Mar 2022

Interests New Zealand Opera is the face of professional opera in Aotearoa. Our mission is to bring human stories, glorious music and the passion of opera to all.