Regional Director, Latin America


Government Services

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Applications Close - End of Day: 12-06-2018



Work type:

  • Strategic and operational commercially focused role
  • Passionate about leading people to achieve
  • Proven commercial success
  • Strong stakeholder/ relationship management

NZTE's purpose is to grow businesses internationally - bigger, better, faster - for the benefit of New Zealand.  Critical to our success are our experienced, commercially savvy people on the ground in off-shore markets.  An opportunity now exists for a proven leader to make a real difference to the work we do across Latin America as the Regional Director based in Sao Paulo.

You will be responsible for leading our Latin American team; facilitating government partnerships and maximising the value our customers can create and capture in the region by assisting them in entering, connecting with and growing in the market. 

Reporting to the General Manager International, and as a member of the International Leadership Team, the position comes with significant leadership responsibility, involvement in implementing NZTE strategy and leading and modelling our values and characters.  Internally, this includes building the capabilities of the team of Trade Commissioners in the region to ensure the continuous improvement of our customers' performance.  Externally, you'll represent New Zealand in the market and oversee strong collaborative relationships with NZ Inc. organisations; particularly MFAT and New Zealand businesses operating in Latin America.  In this high profile position, you will have the opportunity to leverage your networks and relationships to forge strong bilateral ties to promote NZ Inc.

To be successful we are seeking applicants who can demonstrate:

  • Collaborative leadership style
  • Experience growing businesses in offshore markets
  • Successful leadership of a diverse and geographically-dispersed team
  • Strong commercial and financial acumen, with an excellent understanding of early stage businesses
  • Exemplary relationship building and management skills
  • A clear results orientation.

You'll have a strong connection to New Zealand, with a keen interest in high potential NZ businesses (our Customers) and our New Zealand success stories.  In addition, agility, composure and the ability to deal with ambiguity and learn quickly are essential characteristics for the role.  If you are looking for the opportunity to be an influential leader within a high performing and agile organisation, then this is it!   

This is an official representative role and the preferred candidate will be subject to a number of vetting processes including obtaining relevant New Zealand security clearances. The post is for a minimum of 3 years. 

For more information, please read the attached position description.

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