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Principal - South Island
Canterbury Canterbury New Zealand
Full Time
Context Architects

Leadership role leading Context Architects' South Island practice, Support of a progressive national practice, Long term prospects. Share in the success of the business.

Context Architects is looking for a Christchurch architectural leader to be our South Island Principal working out of our innovation precinct studio.

The primary objective of the South Island Principal is to lead our current 10-strong South Island team and carve out an identity and reputation for Context in the South.

Principals engage teams to be on the bus, hold the key client relationships, and ensure teams deliver to high standards.

The South Island Principal works closely with the board, MD and North Island Principal team to develop and execute the business plan.

Strategic planning is a key part of the role, aligning South Island business targets and strategies with the business plan.

The Principal requires a thorough knowledge of the market and industry, and the solutions and services the practice can provide.

They embrace Context's brand proposition 'Tomorrow's Calling' and use innovation and new technologies to drive the architectural design process and enrich the client experience.

The Principal works at the strategicfront end with clients, helping with the thinking around their property and design strategies.

They have the support of a larger practice and corporate functions such as an IT and alternative reality digital team, finance team, and a business development, marketing and PR team function to support them.

What success looks like:

  • South Island business plan revenue and profitability targets achieved
  • a connected and empowered South Island team with low staff turnover and high client satisfaction
  • a known face in the local business community; public speaker and thought leader
  • key clients see the practice as continually innovating, providing the latest in technological thinking,and best-of-breed design solutions
  • productive inter-office working relationships lead to a collaborative, integrated practice delivery model

We are working at the cutting edge of technology-enabled client experiences, with our clients engaging directly in the design process through new technologies.

We use technology to bring projects to life through virtual and augmented reality and digital tools.We love being at the forefront, introducing our clients to new and exciting ways of doing things.

About you:

You will be a natural architecturalleader who aligns with our practice's values and is looking to step into aleadership role with a national focus.

You will believe that good architecture is fundamentally about lifting people's lives through the power of design. You will have a background that validates this.

You embrace the digital world and all the possibilities that opens up to engage clients in the design process.

We are a values-based business and believe good architecture comes out of strong relationships. You will be naturally aligned to our core people values of respect for each other, and doing what we say we are going to do. You willintimately know thathappy staff = happy clients.

You will have a natural antipathy towards hierarchical thinking and privilege, and by nature, treat people as you would like to be treated.

Experience and attributes required:

  • NZ Registered Architect of 8years+ with proven design and delivery experience across multi-faceted programs
  • In-depth understanding of the property sector and its commercial drivers
  • Led and managed architectural project teams
  • Managed clients,projects,financials andresources to deliver projects successfully with strong design and financial return outcomes
  • Strong commercial and financial acumen
  • Proven client relationship management experience
  • Public speaker
  • Proven track record in business development
  • Great communication skills paired with the ability to speak to a wide-range of stakeholders

Ideally you will be:

  • a respected leaderin the local industry with a good network
  • personable, open and approachable
  • dynamic with a sense of humour
  • courageous and able to voiceyour opinion
  • open to attending networking and out-of-hours events
  • able to travel within New Zealand

What's in it for you

  • a senior salary commensurate with an architecturalleadership role
  • mobile & collaborativeworking
  • continuing professional development, NZIA and NZRAB professional fees
  • invitation to participate in the practice's short and long term incentive schemes, built around sharing the company's success

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