We're Hiring:

General Manager

  1. Lead a small, yet firmly established business and working with high-profile clients, such as Metlink, Outward Bound, Cancer Society & Department of Internal Affairs

  2. Strategic and operational role; influence and execute business strategy

  3. We take pride in our work but respect a work life balance. We’re a small team without hierarchies and politics

About Somar Design Studios

We’re a Wellington-based data experience agency, building trusted bridges between complex data and everyday life. Government agencies, NGOs, and businesses choose Somar to deliver real-time, high trust sites that link information to end users at scale.

We believe data and digital experiences should work for people, not the other way around. Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders use Somar solutions daily to make their lives easier, and our clients include Greater Wellington Regional Council, Metlink, Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO), Cancer Society of NZ, Mountain Safety Council, Ministry of Pacific Peoples, and the Department of Internal of Affairs.

Somar is the highest-ranked NZ digital agency in Deloitte’s 2017 Asia Pacific Tech 500, an approved vendor on the NZ Government Web Services Panel and the world’s first SilverStripe Professional Partner.

About the role

Over its 10 year journey, Somar has and is continuing to grow as a team and as a business! Now is the time to take the reins and take it to the next level. This is a big step for us, so we need a special someone that can drive the business strategy, lead the team and streamline our operations. You’ll be involved in all aspects of the business, being the glue that makes it all tick nicely - this truly is a role that you can sink your teeth into!

We’re looking for a confident, yet empathetic leader to focus and drive our small, hard-working and supportive team and grow Somar in a healthy and smart way. We need that special someone with excellent communication and organisation skills, a natural leader that is able to galvanise a team behind a shared vision of growth. You’re a cool, calm and collected navigator of problems; nimble, yet decisive. You have no fears of getting stuck into a challenge, with a ‘go get em’ attitude and great work ethic.   

You may have been a Business Manager, Practice Manager or General Manager before or perhaps you’re a talented Operations Manager that is keen for the next step up. You may be from an IT or agency background.

To achieve success in this leading this business, you’ll be able to demonstrate:

  • Extensive experience within a senior leadership role, preferably having led a business through growth

  • A good understanding of the IT sector will help you understand our language

  • Extensive experience with complex reporting and board level reporting

  • Excellent relationship building skills; a natural connector and communicator

  • Tech savvy, computer literate with solid analytical abilities


Why lead us on our next adventure?

We pay well, but this one is not about the $$.  This is a business that has the potential to become something truly special and you have the permission to create that - we offer true, meaningful work.

We provide a relaxed environment and take pride in our supportive culture through shared activities and a range of benefits for the team.

We’re highly respected in our industry and take serious pride in our work.  


If this sounds like the opportunity you’ve been itching to find, get in touch!

Apply online or email gm@somar.co.nz.

Applications close 11 February 2019.


We can’t wait to meet you!