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Principal Advisor Strategic Finance

NZ Ministry of Education
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Job Description

The Strategic Finance team are responsible for the design and implementation of systems, plans, reports, and information for decision making, for the long-term sustainable financial management of the Ministry in its role within the wider education sector.


The Ministry of Education's Strategic Finance team is looking for high performers to fill two full-time positions based in Wellington.

  1. Principal Advisor, Strategic Finance
  2. Senior Financial Modeller

Principal Advisor, Strategic Finance

The Principal Advisor Strategic Finance leads the development and use of the Ministry's strategic financial planning documents and processes. They are used to guide and advise the Ministry's senior management, and the Treasury, on the Ministry's financial outlook to ensure a sustainable long-term financial position supporting the Ministry's achievement of its strategic objectives.

The Principal Advisor works closely with the Ministry's other teams ensuring the plans and processes are aligned with and support the Ministry's accountability documents, major policy initiatives and engagements.

Qualifications or experience needed

The successful applicant will have:

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Strong analytical ability
  • Experience in effectively using complex financial models
  • Understanding of public sector corporate finance processes, budget cycles and reporting standards (desirable)
  • Understanding of effective project management disciplines
  • Understanding of good practice investment management disciplines
  • Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with senior staff across an organisation.
  • Adaptability and a demonstrated capacity to operate within a rapidly changing environment
  • Relevant Tertiary qualification.


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Applications close on Wednesday 24 January 2018


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