Aotearoa New Zealand Manager

Join B Lab in this exciting new leadership role.

The Aotearoa New Zealand B Corp community is growing and we are delivering exciting partnerships to accelerate our impact. Our team, based in Melbourne since 2013, supports our activities in the region and we’re looking for someone to lead the work in Aotearoa NZ.

 

The role requires strong relationship building and management, and you’ll succeed through leveraging the community of B Corps and other stakeholders who are also driving economic systems change to support our collective vision of an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy. Our team in Melbourne will continue to provide the account management, program delivery and support services in all aspects of our work. You’ll work closely with the entire team, and be supported by them.

You are:

  • Passionate about business as a force for good and systems change, and ideally you already are  a champion of the B Corp movement and familiar with its evolution in Aotearoa NZ

  • Equipped with a track record of building solid relationships, ideally in Aotearoa NZ and in the sectors relevant to our work

  • Collaborative and love partnering to achieve mutual outcomes

  • Confident in navigating ambiguity and thrive in a fast paced environment

  • A strong business communicator: comfortable presenting to audiences in person, online and in written form, and able to adapt your working style to different audiences

  • A ‘do-er’ who can work independently, self-motivate, operationalise and prioritise

We’re looking for someone with 7+ years of experience in either business sustainability, social impact, impact management or cross sector partnership. We see an opportunity to better engage with, and learn from, Māori businesses in our work. We understand that there needs to be clear intention, shared value and reciprocity in any work we do with and for Māori businesses. An understanding of this context would be very valuable.

About the role

As the operational lead in Aotearoa, the Country Manager role includes building and holding relationships with a multitude of stakeholders:

  • Community of certified B Corps (48)

  • Key B Corp prospects and influencer companies

  • Funders, collaborators or strategic partners

  • Program partners

  • Adjacent organisations with similar strategic objectives

 

The role includes delivery of programs and partnerships in Aotearoa (such as the Business For Good program), adapting programs we run across the region and globally to suit.

 

See the downloadable PDF for more information on the role, and how we’ll define success. You will also find an outline of the way in which you’ll work: within a network of supporting stakeholders, and a governance structure designed to keep us focussed on our mission.

 

Reporting to the Head of Growth and Impact, you must be comfortable working on multiple levels, sometimes leading, sometimes supporting, and always seeking solutions and impact.

About B Lab

B Lab is driving systems change work with a great team culture.

 

  • B Lab AANZ offers an engaging, flexible and fun work environment where you can bring your whole self to work. We’re a growing team of 9 with a collaborative and supportive culture

  • Our regional office is in Melbourne, and will support this new role from anywhere in Aotearoa (provided you are willing and able to do some travel to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch from time to time) 

  • In addition to the standard four weeks of annual leave, we offer three days of bonus leave over summer, professional development leave, and cultural and ceremonial leave

  • We’re part of a global network of organisations in the B Lab network, offering connections into other regions

  • B Lab’s mission sees us engaging with innovative businesses in our region with the highest social and environmental performance: we’re at the vanguard of a movement to see the role of business change and driving more sustainable business practices.

 

B Lab is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and safe work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or age.

 

B Lab is a great place to work, and you’ll be leveraging the experience, processes and resources from our regional and global teams to do some exciting work with some really cool people (these are the certified B Corps in Aotearoa and our stakeholders and partners). You will be managing programs, maintaining relationships and not to mention kicking goals in general!

The what, when and how…

  • This is designed as a full-time role, but we can discuss some flexibility with the right candidate

  • You will be provided with a laptop (or allowance), membership of a convenient co-work space, phone allowance and have your travel expenses covered in accordance with our policies

  • You are ideally located in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch, and we expect you will be able to travel to major cities on a regular basis (eg. 2-3 times a month or as needed) at B Lab’s expense

  • We will fly you over the ditch to join the team in Melbourne at least once a year, and some international travel to join events run by our Global network may also be required

Interested in the role?

We’d love to hear from you. Please submit your resume via the form linked below, along with a short video (max 5 mins) telling us:

 

  1. Who you are and something you love

  2. What you see as the key opportunities for business in Aotearoa NZ right now

  3. An outline of how you have built relationships with wider stakeholders in your career (outside people you work directly within a business or organisation)

 

We’re not hiring you for your editing skills, a simple video is just fine!
 

We’ll be accepting applications on an ongoing basis.