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Commercial Adviser - APEC New Zealand

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade
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Accounting & finance
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Are you interested in being part of the largest event the Government has ever hosted, that brings 20 World Leaders to New Zealand? The APEC New Zealand planning team is looking for a Commercial Adviser to assist in the delivery of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). 

You will be part of an all-of-government programme led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, to plan and deliver a successful Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) which New Zealand will host in 2021. We are a small but rapidly growing team, our work is varied and demanding.

APEC involves a 12-month period of hosting from December 2020 to November 2021 and attracts up to 22,000 attendees to 12 significant events held throughout the year. APEC will bring decision-makers and leaders from across the Asia-Pacific together and will create significant opportunities for New Zealand to promote its economic interests with trading nations including China, the US and Japan.

We are a complex, cross-government programme and are laying the foundations to enable a large and diverse team to work effectively, and with agility.  

Some of the key accountabilities are:

  • Assist in achieving agreed outcome-focused commercial strategies for procurement and commercial investment projects.
  • Provide a high level of customer service, focusing on solutions which will achieve the customer's stated outcomes.
  • Work collaboratively and flexibly with other APEC21 Commercial team members to ensure that the team responds to changing priorities and international disasters in an agile manner.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key internal and external stakeholders in order to advance the division's objectives.
  • Demonstrate alignment with the organisation's values, goals, policies and procedures.

You will offer us:

  • A commercial or procurement background of at least 2 years' experience in managing commercial transactions including procurement and tendering, and contract management.
  • Evidence of a good record of proactive customer service and the ability to find mutually acceptable resolutions to issues with suppliers. Demonstrated experience in procurement for a major event will be an advantage.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to work under pressure.

This is a once-every-20 year opportunity, where the experience you will gain from working with APEC New Zealand will set you apart from others in the commercial practice profession. We are offering a supportive and fun team environment that you can help shape. 

You must be able to obtain and maintain an appropriate New Zealand Government Security clearance and you must hold New Zealand citizenship.

How to apply:

To apply for this role and view a position description, please visit our vacancies page at to submit your CV and cover letter and complete an application form.

Applications close 5pm 22 July 2019.

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