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Portfolio Risks and Issues Management Specialist

NZ Defence Force
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Project/Procurement/Risk Assurance
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

What you will do
Be a founding member of the newly established dynamic portfolio management office. As the Portfolio Risks and Issues Management Specialist you will work with Portfolio Specialists and Estate and Infrastructure programme and project professionals and across the wider NZDF on projects and new initiatives to ensure risks are recorded and managed effectively. 
You will ensure good practice risk and issue management through education, coaching, processes and tools. A key objective of this role is to help avoid situations where programmes/projects health status risk profiles suddenly move without warning. You will work closely with NZDF Office of Strategy and Governance Risk Advisory Office to ensure Estate and Infrastructure portfolio risk management practices and standards are synchronised with the New Zealand Defence Force corporate level.
What we need
We are looking for a key person to enhance our wider ‘Estate Performance' team in the Portfolio Management Office. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a dynamic team that is looking at new ways to deliver on a large investment programme, working with industry partners.
We want a motivated and proactive person who can hit the ground running in this exciting and challenging role. You will have senior specialist experience and expertise in portfolio, programme and project level risks and issues tracking, analysis and reporting; as well as expertise in modelling risk and issues impact scenarios for programmes and projects including highlighting potential risks and issues.
You will have a minimum of 8 years experience with large and complex portfolios and programmes and the ability to successfully navigate a changing environment. You will have exceptional communication skills and the ability to work with all levels of our organisation; and strong relationship building and stakeholder management skills, experience in working in change environments, a qualification in Project Management such as P30 Certification, PRINCE2 or MSP. Expert level skills in Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Excel, Word and Publisher are essential, Planview is desirable.  

Who we are
NZDF is undertaking a major regeneration and development project across its property and infrastructure estate in order to achieve our overarching strategic aim to deliver an Integrated Defence Force by 2025.  Defence Estate and Infrastructure develop, maintain and manage land, property and infrastructure assets in order to support NZDF military capabilities and all of government outcomes, through the Defence Estate Regeneration Programme. The Defence estate comprises over 81,000ha of land, infrastructure and buildings with a replacement value of $2.8bn. Defence Estate and Infrastructure is gearing up for major reinvestment and recapitalisation work over the coming years to 2025.
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 your opportunity to bring your passion, knowledge and experience to Defence Estate and Infrastructure.  In return for your knowledge, experience and drive, we can reward you with challenging opportunities working in a supportive, motivated and forward-thinking team and unique working environment based in Wellington.
We encourage and support the work life balance of our staff and offer some exceptional benefits including:

  • 5 weeks annual leave
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Fully funded life insurance and income protection insurance
  • Discounted healthcare insurance
  • An outstanding performing Kiwisaver scheme

Check out the great benefits for you and your family when you join NZDF! 
The remuneration band for this position is $84,824 to $104,783 inclusive of a 4% employer superannuation contribution
How to Apply
To view the Position Description and to Apply Online please use the links on this page. For further information, contact Mark Jensen on (021) 903 730, quoting NZDF-1810017.

Applications close at 4:30pm on Friday 19 October 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 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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