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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

Featured Jobs

Chief Executive Officer



About the Company

Mitre 10 has been a part of NZ’s home improvement culture since 1974. NZ owned and operated they are a Kiwi success story and have been awarded most trusted brand in NZ home improvement retailing on 11 occasions. They provide a complete shopping experience and make no apologies about being “Customer Obsessed” and put them at the heart of every decision. A unique opportunity now exists to join the Mitre 10 team as CEO of Mitre 10 Mega Hamilton comprising retail stores in Te Rapa and Ruakura, a JV Frame & Truss plant in Cambridge and a 5,000 m2 DC in Te Rapa store about to be built.

About the Role

Reporting into an experienced and engaged Board who are incredibly committed to the success of this business, the CEO leads a high calibre team of eight direct reports and team of over 300 members. Your remit is all encompassing with leadership responsibility for retail and trade operations, marketing, finance, people & culture, health & safety, inventory and IT. You will work collaboratively with the Board setting a clear and insightful growth strategy to optimise future opportunities. You will create a culture of high performance and lead the business to achieve sustainable sales revenue growth, increase market presence, and spearhead adoption of efficiency gains across their retail and trade offerings and continue their push towards early adoption of technology as an enabler.

About You

Chief Financial Officer



About the Company

Founded in 2002, Ziwi is a highly awarded entrepreneurial premium pet food manufacturer and NZ’s largest. They have a clear purpose “To bring joy and peace of mind to pets and their guardians” and they are pioneers in their category globally. Utilising only the highest quality NZ meat and seafood ingredients they export 96% of their product to 25 countries. Innovative NPD is at the core of their strategic growth plans, and with their state of the art 12,000 m 3 super kitchen in Napier about to enter production they will greatly expand their capacity. With the global ultra premium petfood category growing at 25% annually and with Private Equity investment late last year, they are well positioned to triple their revenue in the next few years.

About the Role

Reporting to the MD and Board the CFO is an integral part of a highly motivated Executive team and key conduit with their Private Equity owners. Leading a team located in two sites, and with international offices, you play a key role in strategy development and are an essential sounding board for the MD and wider Executive team providing commercial decision support. You will continue to simplify the complexities of operating across multiple jurisdictions, tax regimes, company structures and foreign currencies, and ensure a month end cadence that is slick, timely and produces meaningful reporting essential for decision making. Ziwi are going through significant growth, so scenario modelling and business case preparation is also your remit. IT will also be in your wheelhouse.

About You

Head of Sales & Marketing



About the Company

Fronde is a technology industry leader founded 30 years ago designed to help businesses innovate, adapt and win in the ever changing and complex technology world. They currently employ around 100 people with offices in Wellington, Auckland and Sydney with cloud, technology, and collaboration at the core to everything they do.

Fronde help businesses unlock their full potential, faster and believe the best strategy for adapting to tomorrow is by laying world class foundations today. That’s why they partner with the world’s best technology providers, AWS, Google & Salesforce. Fronde aims to enable organisations to pursue new levels of innovation and efficiency, delivering business outcomes through their technology consulting, software development, systems integration, managed services and cloud solutions.

Fronde have ambitious growth plans across ANZ over the next few years and this Head of Sales & Marketing position will play a significant part in their success.

About the Role

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