HRNZ General Manager Racing

  • National Head Office, Christchurch
  • Key Relationships Role
  • Passion · Innovation · Discipline

Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) is the governing and administrative body for 40 harness racing Clubs nationwide and oversees 257 race meetings across 25 venues each year for stakes in excess of $33M.

The GM Racing is responsible for the overall management and delivery of HRNZ’s racing operational needs. This includes setting racing calendar dates with Racing NZ and TAB NZ that maximise HRNZ’s racing coverage and wagering outcomes, overseeing all licensing requirements with trainers and drivers, leading the administration of horse registration and ownership records including close liaison with the NZ Standardbred Breeders, and actively engaging and building relationships with Clubs and other industry stakeholders.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the GM Racing is responsible for optimising the sector’s performance through key industry relationships at a time when there is considerable change, challenge and opportunity across the wider racing industry. We are therefore seeking to appoint an experienced General Manager who can bring energy and innovation to the table, embracing new approaches and technologies with regards racing events and venues.

In addition, the appointee will be required to bring strong administrative discipline and analytical skills toward the development of licensing and registration systems and processes, carrying out venue inspections, and building strong relationships with the industry judicial authority and integrity board. The GM Racing will actively participate in industry forums and governance committees, preparing and presenting reports to the Board and any Sub-Committee meetings.

The essential capabilities and attributes for this new position include: strong commercial acumen, a passion, interest and understanding of the harness racing and/or equine industries, a proven track record of leading and developing a high performing team through a period of change, strategic and operational planning, service innovation, project management and delivery, the ability to build excellent relationships in a complex stakeholder environment, a strong communicator, and a calm demeanour under pressure.

A tertiary qualification in business administration or commerce is preferred. A competitive remuneration package will be offered that acknowledges the leadership and commercial qualities the appointee will bring to HRNZ.

Application process:

To apply in confidence please contact Hamish Ott, Recruitment Consultant; email [email protected] or initial confidential enquiries by telephone 0274-321-172

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The final close off date for applications is 5 October 2020.


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