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Business Rules Specialist

NZ Ministry of Education
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Job Description

Located in Wellington

Position Purpose:

The Business Rules Specialist will provide accurate and informative assessments of new Business Rules work initiatives, initially for the new Education Resourcing System (ERS), but potentially for other applications that use Oracle Policy Automation once the ERS has gone live.  We are looking to recruit two permanent positions.


Programme Description:

The Ministry spends around $7.2 billion a year, directly allocated to early childhood education (ECE) services and schools, in the form of funding grants, and for schools, staffing entitlements. Timely and accurate determination and payment is a critical support to the day to day operation of more than 4,000 ECE services and 2,500 schools.

The current IT system (EDUMIS) is 30 years old and reaching the end of its serviceable life. EDUMIS is also complex and inflexible, requires a long lead in time for implementing policy change, and does not easily provide the information now expected to manage a significant public investment.

In response, the Ministry established the Education Resourcing System (ERS) Programme to develop a new future-proofed resourcing service, underpinned by a flexible, fit-for-purpose, IT platform that is capable of delivering resourcing to ECE and schooling sectors and allows the Ministry to become a better-informed steward of the New Zealand education system.

The ERS Programme comprises three ‘delivery' projects which have varying degrees of scope, complexity and difficulty. This role will sit in the Education Resourcing Technology (ERT) Project initially and move to the business upon project closedown.  This project will, in collaboration with Unisys as the IT solution vendor, deliver the technology and implement the current policy for funding across ECE, Schools and Special Education, replacing EDUMIS and Small Business Systems that support the determination and delivery of resourcing presently. It will provide workflow approvals, business rule driven funding calculations, a payment management tool, a repository for resourcing information, and a policy scenario modelling capability.



  • Experience and demonstrated competence in ensuring rule authoring quality assurance across multiple projects.
  • Highly developed ability to critically analyse complex information to make effective decisions and recommendations.
  • Experience and demonstrated competence with consultation and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to critically analyse legislative and policy information to elicit business logic.
  • Experience in Business Rule validation and review activities.
  • Experienced or trained in the relevant source control product.



Must have:

  • A minimum six months rules practical authoring experience demonstrating competence undertaking authoring activities.
  • Understanding of industry best practices necessary to identify and analyse the target technical environment for a project's business rule sets and to determine the optimal allocation of rule sets to the available technologies.
  • Ability to pose future scenarios and anticipate future consequences and trends accurately.
  • Sound knowledge of the theory and practice of data models, metadata.
  • Proven ability to structure and critically analyse data, rapidly grasp patterns and anomalies and understand cause and effect.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of risk / impact assessment methodologies.
  • Sound qualitative and quantitative research techniques.



  • Preferably the Business Rules Specialist will hold a legal qualification, and/or experience in policy interpretation / analysis or business analysis or be a subject matter expert.
  • OPA accreditation.
  • Practical experience implementing Business Rules in the OPA business rule engine.
  • Knowledge in the Ministry of Education business rule management methodology.


To apply (or for a confidential discussion), please forward your CV in Word format and a cover letter noting how you meet the requirements to

Only applicants with the right to live and work in NZ can be considered.

Applications close 29 September 2017

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