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Financial Services Director will miss the “good team” at Otago

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 8:06am

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Grant McKenzie (front, centre) with the Financial Services Division.

As he leaves the University for a new position with the Dunedin City Council, Financial Services Director Grant McKenzie says he will miss the people the most.

Mr McKenzie has been with the University for “just under nine years”, following a position of similar length at local media company, Allied Press Ltd.

This week he leaves for an expanded role at the Council, as Group Chief Financial Officer, looking after finances for the Council and its companies.

Looking back on his years at Otago, Mr McKenzie says he is most proud of his staff – who total about 40 – and the work they’ve put in over the years.

“Our biggest challenge was the implementation of a new financial system – Technology One Financials.

“When I first started, the finance system was very manual, paper based and there was significant rekeying of information. We were also not meeting the reporting needs of the University internal users. The new technology brought the University into the 21st century and has significantly improved the reporting and processing of financial information within the organisation.”

“It was a difficult change process to manage as it affected a large number of staff across the campuses.”

The new system required his own staff to upskill substantially, and as the system has continued to develop in the six years since, they have continued to grow their skills.

“That’s what I’m most proud of across the division. I have a very good team working for me.”

He leaves a University he says has some of the best financial reporting in the sector, and Financial Services is continuing to develop new solutions for the University.

Mr McKenzie says he will miss the people and the “robust discussions”, but he is looking forward to new challenges in a new sector of public service.