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Senior Commercial Manager

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

What you will do
NZDF's Communication and Information Systems (CIS) Branch is totally unique; we are entrusted to deliver and support the Defence technology that helps keep New Zealanders safe. CIS Branch procures ICT products and services of significant value from ICT vendors. Effective management of these vendors is essential, and as the Senior Commercial Manager, reporting to the Business Services Manager, you will be the key connection point between NZDF and your assigned ICT vendors.
You will be responsible for the management of commercial aspects (including developing strategies and roadmaps), playing a pivotal role in building effective relationships with both NZDF stakeholders and our vendors to ensure that requirements and expectations are managed on both ends. This role will see you providing commercial management support to our complex and high value/high risk vendor relationships and act as the first escalation point for any issues relating to vendor governance and performance. Also, as a senior member within the team, you'll be a go-to person on processes and proactively support team members with coaching and mentoring as required.
What we need
Coupled with your education and practical experience, you will demonstrate a pro-active approach with the ability to understand the business, identify issues and develop relationships to achieve the branch's objectives.
When applying please focus on highlighting your specific experience with:

  • Knowledge and skills in vendor and contract management in the ICT sector;
  • A sound understanding of procurement practices;
  • Understanding of the government rules of sourcing;
  • Ability to deal with complex organisational issues and to apply problem solving techniques;
  • Experience in coaching and mentoring colleagues and junior staff members.  

You possess not only the above mentioned knowledge but also a softer skillset to listen, empathise, explain, advise, influence and negotiate. Experience working within an Agile environment is highly desirable – or at least an understanding of Agile methodologies.
Who we are
CIS Branch provides the core information and communication services that underpin New Zealand Defence operations.  We are entrusted to deliver and support the Defence technology that helps keep New Zealanders safe.
Let's just say we're not your typical corporate IT department:

  • We provide support to more than 14,000 military and civilian Defence Force personnel who are dispersed on seven continents, often in geographically remote, hostile environments;
  • Our solutions are deployed to personal devices, vehicles, ships and planes; and
  • We're here to deliver military outcomes, not just the technology behind them.  

Every hour of every day, 365 days of the year, the New Zealand Defence Force is contributing to the defence, security and well-being of Aotearoa / New Zealand.  As a modern, professional military, it is our goal to maintain well trained, equipped and disciplined armed forces that can react to crisis at short notice.
Why Us
NZDF has a unique culture that is underpinned by our shared values of courage, commitment, comradeship and integrity. From day one you are part of a community that prides itself in protecting our country, giving you real purpose. NZDF is an inclusive organisation that is open to flexible working arrangements and welcomes applications from people regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age, beliefs/opinions, or family circumstances.

In addition you will be given access to:

  • First class technology;
  • Coaching;
  • Flexible working arrangements;
  • Trust to make a meaningful difference.  

We are extremely proud of this and the great benefits for you and your family when you join NZDF!
We expect to appoint around the midpoint of the salary band for this role which is $110k - $117k inclusive of a 4% employer superannuation contribution. This may be negotiable depending on experience.
How to Apply  

To view the Position Description and to Apply Online please visit our Defence Careers website, or use the links on this page. For further information, contact Renee Coetzee on
Please note: If you are an existing NZDF employee (excluding contractors) you must apply through our Internal Vacancies site, via the HR Toolkit.

Applications close on Thursday 24 October 2019.

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 continuously in this country for the last 10 years, OR
  • is a citizen of, and/or has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last 10 years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, UK or the USA; and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZSIS towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at a higher level.

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

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