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Head of KiwiBuild Unit

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
Job Category:
Chief executives & general managers
Job Type:
Fixed Term Contract
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Job Description

  • New senior leadership opportunity (two years)
  • High profile role to deliver meaningful outcomes for New Zealand families and households
  • Unique mix of government and commercial skills needed


We want to grow New Zealand for all New Zealanders – for our communities, our families and our children – to make New Zealand a place where we can all prosper.  These aspirations are echoed in our Māori identity – Hīkina Whakatutuki – which broadly means ‘lifting to make successful'.


The KiwiBuild initiative is a key priority for the Government.  It provides the opportunity for a real step-change in the housing and construction sector by increasing land and house supply, investigating major greenfield and urban regeneration projects and exploring innovative ways to address market constraints.


The Government has established an interim KiwiBuild Unit within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to start delivering on the ambitious programme to build 100,000 affordable homes over the next 10 years.


We are looking for a highly credible and influential leader with the capability to take charge and deliver tangible results for KiwiBuild over the next two years.  Commercially savvy, you will be a seasoned professional who has a deep appreciation of the commercial (particularly, housing and land development) environment. You will have sound financial and business management experience and be comfortable engaging with key central government, local government, iwi and industry stakeholders, including providing strategic updates when required to Ministers and senior officials.  This will be a high profile role not only in the public sector but also within the industry.


Reporting into the Chief Executive, the Head of KiwiBuild will bring together new and existing functions to procure land for housing and affordable housing outcomes – these being the two critical components of the KiwiBuild Unit's work.  In addition you will lead a small programme management team, to support the effective delivery of the wider programme, and a stakeholder engagement and communications function.


Do you have senior or executive leadership experience in a related sector as well as political acumen and a demonstrated ability to work with Ministers?  If so, then we would welcome the opportunity to discuss this role further with you.


For further information and to apply please and search reference number MBIE/1320603.

For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process. For more information or any questions please email  

Applications close 5pm on Wednesday 28th February 2018.


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