Financial Accountant - Project Backfill (fixed term)

Mō mātou | About us

We are an enthusiastic bunch of people at Taranaki Regional Council, helping the region continue to be an enviable place to live, play and do business. 

Our main office is based right in the centre of the region, under the Maunga (mountain), in Whakaahurangi (Stratford).

We have 3 beautiful gardens; Pukeiti, Tūpare and Hollard Gardens. Many of our staff work on a daily basis around the region and we are a 35 minute commute from New Plymouth. This region allows you to have all the big city benefits whilst maintaining a rural lifestyle given the relatively quick ability to travel between our towns and the city.


Whakatakanga & Whanonga pono|  Mission & Values

Our mission is to work for a thriving Taranaki by promoting the sustainable use, development and protection of our natural and physical resources, and advocating for the region’s best interests.

We are committed to; public service, a service first approach, improving the quality of our performance, working safely, effective communication and teamwork, Initiative and the right to make mistakes, accountability and results, presentation, respect and care and job satisfaction.


Mōu | About the role

The key purpose of this role is to provide backfill support to the incumbent whilst they are involved with the implementation of the new finance system. Confidentiality is extremely important and you would be comfortable working autonomously with the goal of being committed to getting the job done. There is a strong emphasis on teamwork required to support and work closely with the rest of the Financial Services team.

We like to set people up for success so you’ll be a leading applicant if you also have:

  • a relevant qualification (preferably tertiary) and experience
  • excellent interpersonal, customer service and communication skills
  • technology competence, including confidence and willingness to learn new computer systems and processes
  • attention to detail and the desire to get things right first time
  • an inquisitive mind that is focused on on-going business and process improvement
  • excellent time management skills
  • enthusiasm, initiative and a can-do attitude


Mō te tūnga | About you

You will be someone with demonstrable experience, particularly in accounts payable. You will have a meticulous approach to financial matters and an ability to multi-task and operate at both strategic and operational levels.  You may be looking to take the next step-up in your career. Great teamwork skills is essential as a key to their success is everyone working closely and supporting each other.


What’s on offer?

Taranaki Regional Council is a fantastic place to work! We have a great Finance Team.  

  • Active social club
  • Flexible working options
  • Induction programmes for every new employee
  • Free car parking
  • Training opportunities within each role

However, the best part is working alongside fantastic people who are truly dedicated to the Taranaki region.


Interested? Here’s how to apply

Apply using the link below, fill out your application form and add your CV and cover letter. Further details on the role can be found below on the Position Description link, or for any other questions please contact Tamsin Moala, People & Wellness Coordinator on (06) 765 7127. 

There is no closing date for this vacancy.  Applications will remain open until a successful candidate is appointed and we reserve the right to close this vacancy when we have received sufficient, suitable applications. Please submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

 To apply for this job, you must have the legal right to be able to work in New Zealand as we are currently not accredited to support applicants via the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV).

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Fixed Term

Job no: KRAJ27618

Location: Stratford

Closing Date: Friday, 1 December 2023