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Continuous Improvement Lead

NZ Defence Force
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Defence, corrections & security
Wellington - Upper Hutt
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

What you will do
The Continuous Improvement Lead will work actively within the business to identify, analyse and improve organisational processes. You'll work closely with developing business processes, risk management and the NZDF Equipment Management Organisation (EM Org) operational and strategic support personnel. Additionally you will lead, guide and mentor personnel undertaking continuous improvement activities. While Lean Six Sigma is a preferred approach to continuous improvement, it is expected the role will apply other approaches as appropriate.
What we need
Utilising your skills and expertise with formal kaizen methodologies, you will take the lead in implementing changes, acting as leader, manager and mentor through different areas of the organisation.
You'll have familiarity with change management and excellent relationship management & strategic planning skills.
In order to be successful in this role you will:

  • Develop short and long term strategies for the organisation incorporating Six Sigma, Agile and other practices as appropriate;
  • Have experience in preparing and delivering presentations to a range of audiences;
  • Monitor CI progress in order to check if changes are yielding desirable results;
  • Have experience with business management techniques and tools;
  • Demonstrate well-developed analytical skills with the ability to think strategically and laterally;
  • Have the ability to deal with complex conceptual issues and to apply problem solving techniques.

In addition, you'll hold an appropriate qualification in a related discipline, as well as current Lean Six Sigma (or other CI methodology) experience.

Who we are
The NZDF Equipment Management Organisation (EM Org) will provide a single point of accountability for the through-life management of specified equipment across the Land, Air and Maritime environments thereby ensuring that all equipment receives consistent strategic logistic support whilst in service in NZDF.
This organisation will be accountable for the day to day delivery of through life Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) and management of equipment enabling NZDF to meet its business and operational objectives to the appropriate standards.
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 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 return for your expertise, dedication and hard work, NZDF is offering remuneration reflective of your experience, along with: 

  • Great benefits for you and your family;
  • Fully funded life cover up to $300,000;
  • 5 weeks annual leave per year;
  • Free onsite parking and great nearby amenities;
  • Variety, challenge and a chance to influence.

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 Julia Rothman on 021 911 697.
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 Wednesday 22 January 2020.

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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