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Principal Advisor - Investment Management - Wellington

NZ Ministry of Education
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Job Description

  • Permanent - Full time
  • Truly ‘make a significant difference'!

About us

Education Infrastructure Service (EIS) as part of the Ministry manages one of the largest property portfolios in New Zealand, composed of approximately 2,500 primary and secondary schools and over 8,000 hectares of land with a carrying value of $14.6 billion. The total school property portfolio has a replacement value of $23.5 billion. EIS is also responsible for managing school transport, the schools payroll, and the delivery of technology in Schools. EIS undertakes 3,000 projects per annum; a combination of Ministry led and School Board led projects. 

The Finance and Investment group has overall responsibility for financial management and capital investment planning for EIS.  We exist to systematically improve the financial planning, forecasting, analytical and reporting capability of EIS. We also manage the financial compliance function on behalf of the EIS group.

About the role

The Principal Advisor reports to the Group Manager, Finance and Investment and is accountable for the development of budgeting, forecasting, monitoring and reporting tools to assist with capital investment decision-making and issue-resolution and the prioritisation of capital spend.

You will develop the quality of capital expenditure information available to the EIS group, integrating information from the group's delivery functions creating a coherent suite of models and reports that assist decision-makers to achieve value-for-money within the context of best practice, constrained funding and ensuring priorities are transparent, robust and fair.  

Your Key Priorities will include:

  • Working with all levels of the EIS organisation including the Head of EIS, Associate Deputy Secretary, and General Managers to plan and monitor the $900 million capital programme.
  • Providing decision-makers with Affordability models and Option analysis detailing different theoretical outcomes.
  • Developing sensitivity analysis/modelling to address key factor risk within the constrained construction market.
  • Preparing and presenting robust and accurate capital spend to budget reporting.
  • Contributing as a key member of the Finance and Investment team.
  • Developing and maintaining excellent working relationships with other groups within the Ministry, other Ministries and government departments and the Ministers' offices.


This role will positively impact on the Ministry's reputation as a pragmatic investor. The Ministry is the second-largest social asset owning agency and as such has a high profile.  This role has the potential to truly ‘make a significant difference'.

About you

You will ideally offer extensive Financial and/or Asset Management experience within the public sector and have proven experience developing operational, tactical or strategic plans, working with complex models and writing reports or papers that are submitted to Governance Board level.

You will also offer: 

  • A tertiary qualification (full membership of an Accounting institute preferred)
  • The ability to manage complex and diverse relationships with varied stakeholder groups
  • Proven experience in providing project leadership and working with high-value / high profile issues
  • Knowledge of education especially in matters relating to Māori development and the partnership values that flow from the Treaty of Waitangi.

This role has the potential to truly ‘make a significant difference'!

Please review the Position Description attached and if this opportunity interests you, and you meet the requirements please apply now using the ‘Apply Online' button. 

For further information please contact Stephanie Phillips at

Applications close Midnight - Sunday 27 August 2017

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