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Senior Project Accountant

Remote position, New Zealand only


Are you ready to join a team that is transforming the ways we work and powering Aotearoa with renewable energy? Contact is looking for a Senior Project Accountant to support capital projects in the Wholesale business. As part of the Finance team, you'll play a key role in ensuring the financial performance of the business and making good decisions for the future. With your advanced knowledge of accounting systems and proficiency in Excel, you'll lead the budgeting and planning processes for Development and Major Projects. Your ability to provide financial analysis, insight, and challenge will help the business make the right commercial and operational decisions. If you're CA-qualified or equivalent and have experience in complex project work, this role is perfect for you. Apply now and be a part of Contact's mission to make life better in Aotearoa.

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Te Tākinatanga | Our Story

At Contact, we believe home is the most important place in the world. It's all part of our vision to leave Aotearoa better than we found it. We’re a power, mobile and broadband company, but we’re so much more than that. We are transforming the ways we mahi, and how Aotearoa is powered, leading the charge on renewable energy and digitising customer journeys in ways not yet seen here. A team of 1000+ from all walks of life who love what we do, look out for each other, and learn from one another every day, we’re stoked to be guided by our tikanga: we touch lives to make life better.

Our Finance team is at the heart of Contact, key to ensuring the development and execution of our strategy. They do this by supporting and challenging the financial performance of the business, achieving operational excellence, and providing financial information & insights to make good decisions for the future. We’re looking now for a Senior Project Accountant to join the crew and support capital projects in the Wholesale business, with a focus on Major Projects and Development projects.

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Kōrero mō te tūranga | About the role

We’re on a journey to transform our business end-to-end – no mean feat as one of Aotearoa’s largest listed companies, with market capitalisation of around NZ$6 billion and over 65,000 shareholders & 3,500 debt investors. As part of our high-performing Finance & Risk group, you’ll play a key role in helping us make better decisions that bring our strategy to life, working closely with capital project owners on our exciting new renewable energy developments.

Reporting to the Finance Manager for Development & Major Projects, as the Senior Project Accountant for capital projects in Wholesale you’ll focus on Development and Major Projects (where our coolest stuff is underway – check out Our Projects to see what these crews are up to), leading the budgeting and planning processes for those areas and providing support and challenge throughout the process. Ensuring stretching but achievable plans, you’ll ultimately help the business to make the right commercial and operational decisions by providing financial analysis, insight, and challenge.


Ko wai koe | About you

CA-qualified or equivalent with advanced knowledge of accounting systems (preferably ERP) and a high degree of proficiency in Excel, you’ll have plenty of stories to share with us about your exposure to large and complex project work and the role you’ve played in bringing complex projects to life, from the start of the process all the way through to measuring financial benefits at the other end.

Your ability to leverage your technical expertise and influencing skills to provide superior financial advice across a complex stakeholder group really sets you apart. Your technical expertise has helped build mana with your stakeholders and you are known as a trusted business partner. You're not afraid to challenge the status quo and you are respected for that. Experienced in financial planning, analysis and reporting, you thrive in accountancy roles that go beyond the norm and have plenty of stories to share about times you’ve delivered exceptional service to stakeholders.

This role is critical for telling the story of the business back up to leadership and investors, so you’ll need deep curiosity and a knack for storytelling alongside the numbers stuff; able to pull a variety of people and data together and understand and translate complex information, with the initiative to lead and investigate things by yourself.

Bonus points if you’ve done all of this in a large, complex private organisation. Within the Energy industry? Even better.

Additional Information

The Wholesale Finance and Development teams are based in Wellington and work from the office a lot of the time, so ideally we’re looking for someone who’s Wellington-based and equally happy to work on-site, although this role is hybrid and you don’t need to be there full time. You might be interested to know our Major Projects crew is mostly based in Taupō, so that could be a great base too. (Please note wherever you are, there could be the odd bit of travel to see teams.)

There are a bunch of perks to being a permanent Contact kaimahi. Along with great leadership, teammates, development, and growth and progression opportunities, you’ll enjoy flexible working, free health insurance cover, better-than-your-average leave, access to Contact Shares, a ‘Good to be Home’ annual payment toward your home set up & wellbeing, a trail-blazing parental leave policy, discounts on Contact Energy products_,_ and more.

This ad will close automatically at 5pm on Monday 5 December but we’re considering applications as they come in so hop to it if you're keen, or if there's something you’re curious to know first, reach out to Tash on [email protected].

Please note, only candidates with the right to live and work in New Zealand will be considered for this role.

Research shows that while men apply to jobs where they meet 60% of the criteria, women and those in underrepresented groups tend to only apply if they tick every box. We're not about box ticking, so if you think you have what it takes but don't meet everything stated above, please still get in touch. We'd love to kōrero.

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