Senior Consultant - Māori Economic & Social Development Impact

Wellington /
Consulting – Wellington Consulting /
Permanent Full-Time
/ Hybrid
KPMG is one of the most trusted and respected global professional services firms. Through depth of expertise, clarity of insight and strength of purpose we help our clients solve complex challenges, steer change, strengthen, transition and grow. We are looking for talented people who share our purpose of inspiring confidence and empowering change for our clients, our people and our communities.

KPMG's Advisory business partners with organisations across Aotearoa to drive positive economic, social and environmental outcomes for Aotearoa and all New Zealanders. We are looking for someone to join us, who can help us to partner with Māori, public and private sector organisations to support major projects, social reforms and investments to reduce inequities, increase inclusion and ultimately improve the lives of New Zealanders.

If you want to have an impact on New Zealander’s lives and communities, come join us.

The experience we want our KPMG whānau to have is anchored in our purpose of ‘Fuelling New Zealand’s prosperity’ or ‘Tītokona tō tātou tōnuitanga, mō Aotearoa, mō tātou’. We are proud of our reputation for values-driven behaviour that guides our actions and defines what it means to work at and be part of KPMG.  

The opportunity:

    • Your new leadership role as a Senior Consultant in the Wellington Advisory team will see you building and growing our Economic and Social Development Impact practice.
    • Located within our Consulting team, you will help KPMG to deliver solutions and approaches to further support our clients across Government, Māori business and private sector to address critical social, economic and environmental issues of today and tomorrow.
    • We will draw on your experience in community, social, environmental or economic development to help drive and deliver projects such as organisational transformation, human centred design, integrated thinking and indigenous methodology (e.g. Kaupapa Māori) to help our clients deliver positive impact.
    • This is a tailored role, you will need to have proven experience in business development, strong team leadership and programme delivery gained in a consulting environment or relevant sector experience as you'll be tasked with delivering work and playing your part in leading a high performing team of consultants.
    • To be successful in this role you will be strong in navigating cross-cultural spaces, working with Māori frameworks and concepts, have a high proficiency in Māori cultural competency and at least an intermediate level of Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga.

Day to day you will:

    • Have a primary focus on business development in the national Aotearoa market serving clients across Māori, public and private sector organisations. Including identifying and proactively responding to new business opportunities and proactive relationship development, working on proposals and pitches.
    • Contribute to the development of new service offerings and methodology for Government and sector reforms centred in indigenous methodology and authentic frameworks of engagement. You will be key to embedding these within our Advisory practice and supporting competency uplift.
    • Negotiate and deliver on client expectations, ensuring customer and stakeholder satisfaction, through supporting clients deliver their transformation programmes.
    • Identify and address opportunities to bring integrated thinking and/or indigenous and Māori methodology, social and economic transformation to the fore across the work we do at KPMG.
    • Provide leadership and practical support to engagement teams in areas of cultural competence across te ao Māori including providing guidance on cultural queries, appropriate use of Te Reo Māori, cultural practice at internal and external events and in other situations.
    • Develop and monitor project plans, plan overall work requirements of an engagement,
    • that meets client timelines, risk management, budget and outcome requirements to ensure our service quality is maintained.
    • Provide people and operational leadership to the team.

What you'll bring to the team:

    • 7+ years of relevant practical consulting or sector experience (experience working in the Māori sector, or serving the Government sector as an employee or as a consultant)
    • 5+ years of leadership experience
    • High proficiency in Māori cultural competency and at least an intermediate level of Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga
    • Passion for improving social outcomes and reducing inequity for New Zealanders and drive to positively impact the Sustainable Development Goals, increase inclusion and improve lives.
    • Existing trusted relationships with key stakeholders in the Aotearoa market.
    • Experience in growing and building a practice and/or demonstrated ability in business development or advisory.
    • Can operate effectively in a complex stakeholder landscape, being able to employ a range of relationship and interaction strategies to achieve outcomes.
    • A growth mindset and the ability to drive progress and improvement with energy and a 'can-do' attitude with a strong sense of ownership to get the job done in a practical and pragmatic fashion.
    • Excellent leadership skills, coaching and mentoring a team.

Life at KPMG

KPMG values diversity in the workforce and we encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply for roles, including individuals with a disability, additional mental health needs, chronic health conditions or who identify as neurodivergent. 

If you encounter accessibility barriers or if you have access needs and require support to participate equitably in the recruitment process, please phone Georgia Davies on 04 816 4598 or email

We offer rewarding careers to talented individuals and a holistic range of benefits to support your life balance, whatever your circumstance. We want you to do Work That Matters, Thrive and Grow and know that you Belong here with us, at KPMG. 

As a KPMG employee, we will offer you:
—  Access to the firm's annual incentive scheme
—  Opportunities for local and international secondments
—  Hybrid working across a mix of office, client and home hubs to recognise that people have individual circumstances and preferences when it comes to where and how they work
— A technology starter pack to get your 'home hub' set up
— The ability to work from overseas and extend time connecting with friends and family outside New Zealand
—  Flexible leave options, including the ability to purchase additional annual leave.
—  Gender-neutral support for all stages of the parental journey, including access to 18 weeks of fully paid parental leave for all new parents
—   A paid professional association membership of your choice
—   Unlimited digital accreditations through our partnership with Microsoft, LinkedIn Learning, with bespoke learning pathways for all employees
—   A wide-range of special offers and discounts on insurances, banking services, and lifestyle goods and services.
—   The support, allyship and opportunity to join our many Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Affinity networks, including the Kiwa, Pride, Ethnicity, Accessibility and Wahine groups
—  The opportunity to participate in Green Team activities, as we work toward reducing the firm’s environmental footprint and become carbon zero by 2030
—  An invitation to join your local Social club and enjoy events aimed at bringing people together for social, sporting, cultural, family and fundraising activities
—  Paid time off for volunteering and involvement in citizenship activities
—  An array of health and wellness benefits such as free flu vaccinations, subsidised sporting events, free confidential counselling services, additional leave to support you and your family in the recovery from COVID-19, access to our Wellbeing portal with an extensive range of advice and resources and much much more!
We believe that diversity of background and experience strengthens relationships and delivers meaningful benefits to our people, clients and communities. Our goal is to be recognised as an employer of choice for all, irrespective of gender, ethnicity, generation, flexible work status, family circumstances, sexual orientation or disability. Further info can be found on our website
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