Group Director Operations (multiple roles)

Te Whatu Ora
New Zealand (NZ)
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

Group Director Operations (multiple roles) 

Building the future of health-Te hanga i te oranga hauora a meake nei. 

Te Whatu Ora is building the future of health in Aotearoa New Zealand. We are dedicated to delivering equitable, safe, and effective hospital and specialist services, ensuring the highest standards of care for our communities. Our Group Directors Operations (GDOs) will be central to realising this vision. 

At Te Whatu Ora we acknowledge our people’s diversity, ensuring a safe workplace that is whānau oriented. We are working towards a system that better meets the needs of a growing population, addresses persistent inequalities, and ensures greater access for those traditionally not well served by the system.  

Te whiwhinga mahi – The opportunity 

At this pivotal time for Aotearoa’s Health Sector, we are seeking experienced healthcare leaders with a demonstrated passion for clinical and service excellence. Our GDOs are collaborative leaders, committed to making an enduring impact on the delivery of hospital and specialist services for Aotearoa. Join us at the forefront of healthcare transformation as we seek values-based leaders who are dedicated to access equity and operational excellence in the service of our communities.  

As GDO you will be part of a national team reporting to a Hospital and Specialist Services (H&SS) Regional Director and hold accountability for clinical and operational delivery across your Hospital Group. You will work with your Regional Director to set and facilitate rigorous performance management across priority areas so that services are delivered to the highest professional standards with respect to quality, access, and financial domains.

This critical role leads change, resource allocation, and collaborates closely with clinical leaders in the delivery of whānau centred services. The GDO will reflect the principles of access equity and Te Tiriti o Waitangi in all aspects of their leadership practice.  

GDOs will foster collaboration across the Hospital & Specialist Services leadership team to deliver the best services for all of Aotearoa. In practice this will involve building professional, collegial relationships with your peers to ensure networked ways of working. 

Currently we are seeking GDOs in the following locations: 

Te Tai Tokerau - Northland  



Hauora a Toi - Bay of Plenty  


Te Matau a Maui - Hawke’s Bay  


Te Pae Hauora o Ruahine o Tararua – Midcentral 

Capital, Coast & Hutt Valley  

Waitaha - Canterbury & Te Tai o Poutini - West Coast  

Mōu – About you 

Great candidates will have a record of relevant leadership expertise in the health sector, with a broad understanding of clinical systems, hospital operations, and specialist services. You will have a demonstrated commitment to equity, high-quality care and continuous improvement. Communication is at the heart of this role, so you will engage broadly with your people, colleagues and partners to build a networked culture that prioritises the patient and whānau experience. 

This is an opportunity to shape the future of healthcare in Aotearoa in an integrated, inclusive work environment that values your expertise. If you are excited about leading system and community-centred transformation, we encourage you to apply.  

Please contact the following consultants for more information on specific roles:

Te Tai Tokerau - Northland and Waitematā
Neil Munro +64 22 694 9620 

Waikato, Hauora a Toi - Bay of Plenty and Tairāwhiti - Gisborne

Rachael Isaac-Kupenga +64 21 612 106

Hawke’s Bay, Whanganui and Waitaha- Canterbury & Te Tai o Poutini - West Coast  

Nicholas Buck +64 27 474 5366

Te Pae Hauora o Ruahine o Tararua - MidCentral and Capital, Coast & Hutt Valley 

Patrick Rooney +64 21 458 362

To apply in strict confidence now, email your cover letter and CV to quoting the specific location(s) and reference number(s) for the roles you are interested in.

Applications close on 28th September 2023 at 9am. Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

To view more detailed Candidate Information with background information on this role please visit

For more information please phone Sheree Applegarth on +64 27 498 9466.

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