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Project Manager - Level 1

NZ Defence Force
Job Category:
IT & computing
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

What you will do

As Project Manager – Level 1 within our Communications and Information Systems (CIS) Branch, you will be responsible for independently managing lower risk projects, generally within a budget of $100,000.

This is a customer/relationship focussed role where you will work with stakeholders across NZDF to ensure the right people are engaged and the right skill sets obtained for the project to deliver results.  In doing this you will ensure that projects:

  • achieve key investment outcomes;

  • are focussed on delivering business benefits;

  • operate within the organisation's framework for project delivery;

  • are delivered within agreed constraints;

  • meet organisational standards and quality requirements;

  • provide a superior customer experience with an emphasis on quality outcomes;

In addition you will advocate a user-centric design and delivery approach and ensure project team members share the same focus.

Who we are

Every hour of every day, 365 days of the year, the New Zealand Defence Force contributes 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. 

CIS Branch provides the core information and communication services that underpin New Zealand Defence operations.  We enable the interaction between our people, our partners and the broader defence community, at home and abroad.

CIS Branch is totally unique, we are entrusted to deliver and support the Defence technology that helps keep New Zealanders safe. We work locally and globally to provide solutions to military-specific challenges and to ensure Defence information can flow efficiently and securely between New Zealand and our Allies.

Why Us

Let's just say we're not your typical corporate IT department:

  • We provide support to more than 14,000 military and civilian Defence Force personnel who are dispersed on seven continents, often in geographically remote, hostile environments;

  • Our solutions are deployed to personal devices, vehicles, ships and planes;

  • We're here to deliver military outcomes, not just the technology behind them.

It's also the perfect time to join us. We are in the process of transforming our culture and the way we work so we truly understand our customers and partner with them strategically.

By joining us as we evolve to a modern, shared information and technology platform, you will be part of a culture that endears trust, empowers decision-making and respects people.     

What we need

We are keen to hear from you if you are seeking to develop your professional capability as a project manager.

You will need to be customer-focused, capable of building sound working relationships and able to adapt and learn on the way. 

You will have aspirations of becoming a trusted partner and looking to broaden your exposure and influence with key organisational stakeholders.

In addition you will have:

  • experience delivering projects with multiple resources and some interdependencies;

  • some exposure to project level governance;

  • an industry recognised certification in a project discipline (e.g. PRINCE2 Foundation);

  • some experience working within a defined set of standards and practices, possibly within a PMO or P3O;

  • some exposure to agile delivery practices and mind-sets;

  • sound competency with the Microsoft Office suite of applications, possibly including Project;

  • some experience planning projects and managing project budgets;

  • a proactive and clear communication style, written and verbal

  • some experience operating in a secure environment with access to sensitive information;

  • the desire to develop your capability within a developing professional practice focussed on excellence;

In addition to the above, a knowledge of Defence or Intelligence environments is desirable.

Please note that you must be able and willing to travel within New Zealand and overseas if required.

Please note that we are currently working through our longer-term office location requirements in the broader Wellington area. In the interim you would need to be able to work from our current CIS offices across the Wellington and Hutt Valley region.

Come and be part of the change.  What we do matters!

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 use the links on this page. For further information, contact Blair Renwick at quoting NZDF-1810027.  

Applications close at 4.30pm on 24th 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 in this country continuously for at least the last ten years, OR

  • is a citizen of, and/or has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last ten years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (USA); and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at this level.

If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application.

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