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National Business Manager
Wellington Wellington New Zealand
Full Time
Autism New Zealand

About the business and the role

Our Vision: 'Empowering People Living With Autism' 


Our Purpose: 'Every Step Together' - providing services and support, education and information on autism, to allow those on the Autism Spectrum and their family/whānau/caregiver, professionals and other stakeholders, to make informed choices.


All staff in Autism New Zealand are expected to:

  • contribute to the achievement of Autism New Zealand's vision
  • support and promote the welfare of all people with autism
  • assist their family members and carers
  • advance the interests of Autism New Zealand as a caring community agency.

Job tasks and responsibilities

The National Business Manager is the key person responsible for the oversight and management of the organisation's financial activities. A core accountability is financial management reporting to the Chief Executive and the Board and to funding and sponsorship agencies.

The National Business Manager is also responsible for:

  1. Management of the financial activities of the organisation
  • Prepare agreed monthly financial reports for National Office and branches
  • Develop and maintain Autism New Zealand's management accounting systems and processes
  • Prepare financial records for year-end audit
  • Liaise with funding agencies
  • Work with the Chief Executive to prepare budgets for National Office and branches
  • Complete monthly reconciliation
  • Oversight of all finance work, including payroll.
  1. Administrative support for the Hubs and the Chief Executive
  • Oversee all National Office administrative support for the Hubs
  • Oversee the administration of Ensure the Chief Executive has all necessary administrative support
  • Oversee the provision of administrative support for the Chair and the Board.
  1. Other Activities
  • Work with the Chief Executive in maximizing commercial opportunities for Autism New Zealand, and manage Autism NZ's events
  • Assume overall responsibility for all business processes including HR
  • Have oversight of contracted in HR advice and assist the Chief Executive with the development of HR policies
  • Provide monthly reports on statistics, activities and issues
  • Prepare an annual individual work plan in line with the organisational strategic plan and the national annual operational plan
  • Ensure effective maintenance of manuals and resources relating to operational policies and guidelines
  • Oversight of the smooth running of all IT services
    • Manage the organisation's website and content in conjunction with the National Information and Administrative Support Coordinator
    • Have overall responsibility for all health and safety requirements
  • Have overall responsibility for all operational activities outside our core activities of Education and Outreach support, including Holiday Programmes for the Waikato, Canterbury and the West Coast areas
    • Develop and maintain a 'desk file' of the tasks involved in the National Business Manager role.

Skills and experience

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Tertiary qualification in Accountancy and is a preferably Chartered Accountant
  • Experience in management accounting
  • Knowledge of MYOB
  • Knowledge of payroll systems
  • Ability to develop and manage budgets
  • Methodical and systems oriented
  • Competent in the suite of Microsoft Office applications
  • Demonstrated skills in leadership and senior management
  • Effective organisational and prioritising skills
  • Excellent time-management, and project management skills
  • Excellent communication and relationship skills – the ability to relate well to a wide range of people: staff, families, teachers, agencies, professionals, grant funders and suppliers
  • Able to handle information sensitively and confidentially
  • Preferably, knowledge of, and experience of working with, the Autism Spectrum and related conditions
  • Awareness of broad principles of ethics associated with the provision of services in a support agency role
  • Demonstrated cultural and socio-economic sensitivity and awareness of Treaty of Waitangi obligations.

Personal qualities

  • Self-motivated and uses initiative
  • Empathetic and enthusiastic
  • Proactive, energetic, and resilient
  • Resilient and able to work under pressure
  • Ethical, responsible and reliable
  • Patient, with the ability to remain calm in stressful circumstances
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team – understanding that sharing information empowers all the team, and is a necessary part of the role
  • Genuine respect and interest for people on the Autism Spectrum, and their families/whānau or caregivers, and professionals.

Applications close 10th April 2017 12:00pm

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