Māori Business Management Consultant - Associate Director

Wellington /
Private Enterprise – Enterprise Advisory /
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 Enterprise Advisory consultants are focused on helping New Zealand’s enterprises succeed, public sector to do better, and our communities to grow.  In doing so, we believe we will help our country also succeed and prosper.  This is more than a goal - it’s our reason for being.

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:

    • Our Enterprise Advisory management consultants help private businesses and organisations reach their goals. Our clients are leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, and visionaries of subsidiaries of international companies, small to medium whānau-owned businesses and whānau trusts, large Māori businesses and organisations (iwi and incorporations), and for-purpose organisations, all with ambitions to grow and create enduring impact.
    • We are a small team of dedicated specialists working with businesses and organisations making their most important decisions.  Our services traverse a wide range of business areas from corporate strategy through to operational implementation, all with a focus on lifting commercial performance.
    • "He ao ka tui, he ao ka whatu, ka renarena" | "A world is weaved, a world is sowed, and both are fastened as one". Our work in the Māori sector sees us partner with Māori organisations and business to develop solutions that help to transform outcomes for whānau and our communities of Aotearoa. We aim to put whānau at the centre of everything and draw on tikanga to inform our approach to our mahi. We weave together indigenous Māori and global approaches in a way that is meaningful, respectful and focused on outcomes that enable our mokopuna to thrive in a rapidly changing world.
    • We are seeking a senior Māori commercial leader who will help grow and drive delivery of our business strategy and performance improvement services, with a large focus (although not exclusively) on the work we do with Māori businesses, whānau trusts, and Māori incorporations. This is an opportunity to help grow a high performing team that will support iwi, hapu, and whānau in making important strategic decisions and build their capability to deliver long-term impact and intergenerational prosperity for Māori and all of Aotearoa.
    • The primary focus of this role is to grow our reach and impact in helping private business and Māori clients solve their complex challenges through winning and delivering engagements. To be successful in this role you will be motivated by the opportunity to leverage and adapt your corporate or large enterprise experience and expertise for the benefit of private businesses, who are the backbone of the New Zealand economy. You will be confident navigating a wide range of commercial issues at C-Suite level, but also appreciate the unique challenges of the whānau-owned or owner-operator environment. It is likely that you have led or had significant involvement in business transformation or pan-organisation strategic projects. You will have demonstrated ability in navigating cross-cultural spaces, working with Māori and global frameworks and concepts, have high proficiency in Māori cultural competency, and a minimum intermediate level of Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga. You will be comfortable on the marae, on the factory floor, and in a Board room.
    • We operate a diverse, fun, and varied working environment where critical and lateral thinking, sharp commercial acumen, and confidence working with ambiguity in a fast-paced manner will stand you in good stead. No 2 days are the same!

    • This role will involve national travel to meet the needs of engagement delivery and we offer a flexible working policy. Please note that our current focus is on candidates who are willing to be based in Wellington for this role. However, for the right candidate we are willing to explore basing the role in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, or Wellington. 

Day to day you will:

    • Work largely with clients in the $5M-100M turnover range across a range of sectors, with a focus (but not exclusively) on Māori clients
    • Lead engagements with clients, ranging from c-suite through to whānau members;
    • Design and facilitate workshops with clients;
    • Conduct analysis to identify issues, form hypotheses and suggest solutions;
    • Prepare insightful presentations to communicate findings to clients and motivate change;
    • Act as a constructive go-to Māori sector expert to coach, develop and support staff in the delivery of services so that KPMG can meet its obligations to clients
    • Actively network and leverage your business networks to generate opportunities and win work
    • Contribute towards the leadership and growth of our team

What you'll bring to our team:

    • Relevant tertiary qualification
    • Ideally 10+ years’ relevant work experience with demonstrated track record of leading or working with private businesses and Māori entrepreneurs and visionaries in achieving their ambitions
    • A passion for helping businesses to grow, an ability to engage productively with senior business and Māori leaders
    • Track record of applying strategic and structured thinking conceptual models in helping businesses achieve success
    • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills, a strategic and innovative thinker
    • Demonstrated experience or understanding of applying design thinking to solve commercial problems and create value
    • Solution-oriented and committed to continuous improvement of self, systems, and processes in pursuit of personal and business outcomes
    • A strong achievement drive, with a curious mindset and an ability to grasp new concepts quickly.
    • High proficiency in Māori cultural competency, and intermediate level of Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga.
    • Demonstrated senior experience in any of the following: Strategy, Export, Finance, Marketing, Business Process Improvement, Business Transformation, Project Management, Management Consulting, Capability Development/Adult Learning, Business Model Design, Target Operating Model, Change Management, Governance
    • Excellent communication and workshop facilitation skills
    • A strong network within private sector, in particular Māori businesses and organisations throughout Aotearoa
    • Experience leading multi-disciplinary teams
    • Demonstrated business development experience, including proposal writing
    • Medium Excel and/or quantitative analysis skills
    • Advanced PowerPoint skills

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 KPMGAccessibilityNetwork@kpmg.co.nz

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 5 days of Wellbeing leave to support you and your family's overall health and wellness, 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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