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About the Executive Management & General Management Industry in New Zealand

Managing directors/chief executives organise and take responsibility for the effective operation of an organisation.

In addition to a base salary, some managing directors/chief executives may receive benefits such as a car or pension.

Some managing directors, particularly those who work for themselves, may have a share in the ownership of the company and therefore only take a small salary from the company.

About the Job

Managing directors/chief executives may do some or all of the following:

  • Provide the overall leadership, direction and management of an organisation

  • Lead the development of an organisational culture supporting the values and objectives of the business

  • Ensure strategic and business plans are in place and monitored

  • Ensure realistic goals are set for an organisation, and that these goals are met

  • Ensure the organisation complies with company law and other relevant legislation

  • Monitor financial performance and make sure the organisation remains profitable

  • Manage risks to the organisation

  • Ensure the organisation's policies and procedures are followed

  • Consult with management staff on issues

  • Report regularly to stakeholders, often through the board of directors

  • Act as a bridge between the organisation, its shareholders and the outside world

  • Represent the organisation at conferences and official occasions.


Within the managers’ occupation there are numerous specialisations and fields, as managers are employed across all industries. There are also many common management tasks, including planning, organisation, budgeting and staff responsibilities.

These common tasks mean that managers often move quite easily across different fields and industries. 

Demand for Managers

Chances of getting a job as a managing director/chief executive are good for people with relevant qualifications and experience.

The demand for managers, especially experienced managers, is high. This can result in a high income. There is also quite a high rate of people leaving management because of stress in the role. Managers also tend to be older workers and so retirement creates more vacancies in this occupation.


Managing directors/chief executives with relevant experience have a higher chance of employment as it is a high risk position and employers usually prefer those with a proven track record. To increase your chances, be prepared to move or travel for a position.

Opportunities for private sector chief executive roles are highest in Auckland and other urban centres. Opportunities for public sector chief executive roles are highest in Wellington.

Related Occupations

  • Managing Director/Chief Executive

  • Advertising, Sales and Marketing Manager

  • Finance Manager

  • Procurement Manager

  • Health Services Manager

  • Information Technology Manager

  • Retail Manager

  • Management Consultant

  • Project Manager

  • Office Manager

Industry Snapshots

  • $120K-$700K per year - Salary of managing directors/chief executives in the public sector

  • $120K-$1M per year - Salary of managing directors/chief executives in the private sector

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NZ Country Manager



About the Company

Modern Dental Pacific (MDP) is the largest dental laboratory group in Australia/NZ and part of the Hong-Kong based Modern Dental Group Ltd (largest global dental laboratory). They have two businesses in New Zealand, Precision Dental and Southern Cross Dental with a team of 30 people across 3 locations, Auckland, Rotorua and Wellington. They are custom-manufacturers of medical devices for individual patients – eg crowns, dentures, mouthguards, splints and supply to the dental industry with all their customers being dentists. Together, the two businesses hold a market leading position within the NZ dental market.

Modern Dental operates a forward-thinking business, with a focus on leading the dental lab industry towards best practice and are a preferred laboratory supplier for all the major corporate dental groups and owner operators.

About the Role

Reporting into the CEO based in Australia you will be responsible for the management of the Modern Dental Pacific dental laboratory businesses in New Zealand. This newly created role based in Auckland will lead the operations and strategic development of their two NZ businesses, Precision Dental and Southern Cross Dental across multiple locations. Key responsibilities include

Manage the day-to-day operations of both SCD (Auckland and Rotorua) and Precision (Auckland and Wellington).

With the Australian-based Executive team, develop strategies for the growth of the NZ businesses.

Sales Manager

New Zealand


Excellent Market Salary

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Sales Manager

Our client in South Auckland is looking for a Used Vehicle Sales Manager to lead their high-performing sales team. This brand has an exciting model line-up with some fantastic price-pointing which is producing some strong sales figures in the market.

Business Manager – Operations


Permanent / Full Time

Lead and drive the national operation for a network of sites. Responsibility for business continuity, systems, people and Continuous Improvement.

Head of Operations


Permanent - Full Time

End-to-end M&A exposure

Central Auckland

160K-200K pa

Opportunity to join an organisation creating a community of remarkable businesses, ideas, and new ways of seeing the world.

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