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Senior Project Manager

NZ Defence Force
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Project managers
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

What you will do
As a Senior Project Manager (Navy) you will be responsible for overseeing the progress of agreed Navy special projects and programmes from initiation through to implementation and benefits delivery. 
Additionally, you be responsible for: 

  • Reviewing, scheduling and reprioritising project resources as required;
  • Briefing senior leaders on emergent risks and mitigation strategies;
  • Preparing project/programme proposals and business cases;
  • Planning and reviewing project/programme milestones and drafting and reviewing other project documentation;
  • Updating reporting systems to ensure the systems accurately reflect project / programme plans, schedules and status;
  • Serving as an expert advisor and practitioner on project management competencies and processes, focussing on those which add genuine value;
  • Leading a small team to deliver against agreed programme / project outputs. 

What we need
To be successful in this role you will be an expert in all aspects of project management and an advanced user of project management tools and methodologies.  You will be comfortable in engaging and building relationships with stakeholders.  You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills.  
You will have a strong ability to build extensive networks with both professional civilian and military personnel in order to shape and influence within a complex environment, on behalf of your projects and programmes.
In addition, you will have

  • 5+ years managing, leading and successfully implementing complex and multi-faceted programmes and projects in a commercial, government and/or Defence environment;
  • A relevant tertiary qualification or commensurate industry experience in project management including advanced formal training in project and programme  management methodologies (PRINCE2 Essentials/Practitioner, and MSP);
  • Advanced use of MS Office (Excel, Word, Visio, Project, SharePoint) and PPM tools (Planview or equivalent tools). 

Who we are

The Navy Office of Strategy Management (OSM) leads strategy development and implementation for the NZDF Naval System.  The functions of the OSM are planning, performance, risk, portfolio and knowledge management.  This facilitates delivery of the current Naval System and stewardship of the Future Navy.

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
This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity where you will be given the autonomy to progress key naval project and programmes that directly support strategic objectives.
By joining our team you are making a great career decision.  A recent staff satisfaction survey highlighted why: 

  • Be part of an effective team with freedom and flexibility to do my job;
  • Able to maintain a balance between my personal and working life;
  • Inspired to go the extra mile to help NZDF succeed. 

Check out the great benefits for you and your family when you join NZDF! 
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.
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 Friday 27 September 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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