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Chief Data Scientist

NZ Police
Job Category:
Policy & analysis
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Chief Data Scientist

New Zealand Police

Police National Headquarters, Wellington

Salary range $150,620.00 - $203,780.00

Permanent position

Job requisition ID 6657


New Zealand Police is transforming the business of policing in New Zealand, and has shifted from a response driven model to prevention focussed policing, through strategic change programmes. Police continues to position itself as an effective, innovative, efficient and modern policing service offering a benchmark for others to follow and we are looking for high performing individuals to join us.

Under the leadership of Deputy Chief Executive Strategy and Assistant Commissioner Strategy & Performance, Strategy Group is composed of several directorates working in the broad area of strategy. Our Strategy Group is made up of the following groups:

• Research and Evaluation

• Strategic Integration

• Mobility and Innovation

• National Performance and Insights Centre

• Policy and Advice

• Social Investment

• Ministerial Services

• EPMO (Enterprise portfolio management office)


We have an opportunity for you to join our Strategy Group as Chief Data Scientist of New Zealand Police leading the Data Analytics team as well as the delivery of statistical and business intelligence services. This pivotal leadership role is viewed as being a thought leader in initiating and shaping the strategic direction for statistics and business intelligence in New Zealand Police.

Important to New Zealand Police is that this role leads and assists with building a culture of transparency, ease of data access and interpretation-internal and external (open data) so that New Zealand Police and the public are able to extract full value from its data. The Data Analytics team delivers analytical modelling (capability) to unlock powerful insights. This role is required to position Police to manage for the future by building our data and predictive analytics capabilities and position Police to manage for the future through accurate forecasting (capability).


Demonstrates an ability to engage with senior managers and operational decision makers on data related issues

Demonstrates a proven record with leading high performing and engaging teams 


Experience in the New Zealand Official Statistics System;

Use of the SAS tools that are used within New Zealand Police for data integration and statistical analysis;

Creation and use of performance information in a large organisation;

At least 5 years' experience in managing, analysing and reporting administrative data in a large organisation 

Special Requirements:

Compulsory Qualification: Tertiary qualification in statistics and/or management science

Desired Additional Qualifications: Tertiary qualification in engineering or computer science, and/or in performance measurement in police or the public sector


Partner- Level 4 Strategic Leader

Deliver - Level 4 Strategic Leader

Communicate - Level 4 Strategic Leader

For more information about the above Core Competencies, visit “Our Values” on our website to view our Core Competency Framework: How We Do Things.

Additional information:

Successful applicant must reside in Wellington

Applicants must be a NZ or Australian citizen, or a NZ resident, or have a valid NZ work visa 

To view the position description for the roles, please copy and paste the following link in a new browser:


To apply for this job, please visit and enter job requisition number 6657

Please note: Applications will only be accepted when formally submitted through our Career Website. 

You will be required to submit a Curriculum Vitae (maximum 4 pages) which provides a brief account of your relevant education, skills and experience. In addition, you must complete an application form telling us why you are interested in the position and how you meet the above Core Competencies of the role, no more than 4000 characters (including spaces), approximately 600-650 words per section. 

IMPORTANT: Applications submitted directly through the Government Jobs Website are no longer considered. Please visit our Police website: and select ‘Current vacancies' to apply for this position.


PLEASE NOTE: If you are an existing Police Employee, you must apply through our internal Careers site and include your QID number in your application.


If you'd like to find out more about this role please contact the hiring manager Erena McAllum via email


Applications close 5pm, Tuesday 26 June 2018


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