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Director - Architecture, Policy and Design

NZ Defence Force
Job Category:
IT & computing
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

  • Are you a senior leader experienced in delivering technical solutions?
  • Lead NZDF-wide ICT, architecture, policy and design services
  • Be the technical authority for architectural standards

Newly created role to join the Communication and Information Systems (CIS) Branch of the NZDF to lead NZDF-wide ICT, architecture, policy and design services.  

What you will do Based at the NZDF Headquarters in Wellington, the ‘Director, Architecture, Policy and Design' (DAPD) will lead the NZDF-wide ICT, architecture, policy and design services.  The DAPD responds to user needs, translating requirements into designs and specifications for infrastructure, systems and security that evolve and innovate the Common Information Environment.  

Through collaboration with the Strategic J6, DAPD directs the design of solutions that support the Joint Forces and single Services to integrate Platforms and capabilities.   In leading these ICT functions, the DAPD is the technical authority for architectural standards to the Chief Information Officer (CIO), responsible for ensuring alignment between technology and the priorities of NZDF.

What we need
An experienced senior manager with extensive technical knowledge, experience and expertise who has a strong understanding of the machinery of government and is able to showcase their strong commercial skills.  

Refined communication, customer and stakeholder relationship management skills are crucial to your success in this role, as will your considerable experience and expertise in strategic thinking and planning, policy analysis and development and risk management.   

Your negotiation and conflict resolution skills, as well as your experience operating in a technical environment and ability to deliver technical solutions will be supported by an undergraduate degree in technology (masters preferred).  

Your experience in operating in a secure and/or sensitive environment and your understanding of either a Defence or Intelligence sector will be beneficial to your application.   

Who we are
The NZDF CIS Branch is unique in that it provides a complex, multi-faceted, communications and information systems environment operating across multiple security layers, providing support to more than 14,000 military and civilian Defence Force personnel, dispersed on seven continents, often in geographically remote or hostile environments.  

Our core purpose is to provide reliable responsive and robust Information Communications Services (ICS) to our Joint Forces; Navy, Army and Airforce on operations, at home and abroad, in military bases, in headquarters, makeshift or permanent, on  planes and helicopters, in fighting vehicles, ships and patrol boats.  

Why Us
We are achieving this vision through the CIS Branch Change and Transformation Project (CISCTP), which is transforming our culture, our people and the way we work. Our Information Communication Services will operate on the foundation of a common information environment. This will leverage the best of industry and other government agency, people, process and technology practices.

Building on this common technology environment our highly trained and motivated information technology specialists will have the exciting task of creating and sustaining uniquely tailored military information and communications services that will allow us to operate effectively, on our own, with all of government agencies and with our key Allies and Partners.

Come and be part of the change.  What we do matters!

The remuneration band for this position is $188,559 to $232,926 inclusive of a 4% employer superannuation contribution.  

Check out the great benefits for you and your family when you join NZDF!   

How to Apply
Please quote NZDF-1803013 in all correspondence

To view the Position Description and to ‘Apply Online', please use the links on this page. For further information, contact Gail Kelly on 021 940 242, quoting NZDF-1803013.  
Applications close at 4.30pm on Sunday 18th March 2018.  

Please note: Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand (NZ) and be able to obtain and maintain the required level of NZ Government security clearance for the position applied for. The minimum citizenship and residency criteria for security clearances to be granted by the NZ Defence Force are as follows:  
Higher level Security Clearance
·         most preferably a NZ citizen, who has resided in this country continuously for at least the last fifteen years, OR
·         is a citizen of, and/or has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last fifteen years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (USA); and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at this level.

If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application.

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