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System Engineer (Cryptologic)

Government Communications Security Bureau
Job Category:
IT & computing
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Permanent - Auckland or Wellington

Are you passionate about Linux, and want to take that energy into a new and exciting environment?  Do you feel like you could be doing more with your skills? Do you want the opportunity to expand those skills into other areas of IT technology? Are you interested in being part of an organisation that is committed to the security and well-being of New Zealand?

If the answer to these questions is yes, you need to seriously consider working for us at our Wellington branch.

What you'll bring to the position:

  • A passion for Linux and IT including system admin skills.
  • Relevant work experience and hopefully some formal training like a tertiary      qualification.
  • Enthusiasm for solving complex IT problems.
  • Enjoyment working in a team environment.


What you get from us:

  • Unique and extremely interesting work that you don't get to do anywhere else.
  • Career and training opportunities
  • Competitive salary appropriate to qualifications and experience.
  • Private medical insurance and vision care benefits.
  • You'll never have to take your work home with you.


Some of the skills that the successful applicant will have will include Linux system administration, networking, scripting and programming, working with virtualisation technologies, databases, web servers, puppet, foreman, complex multi-server processing systems, storage area networks, cloud and web technologies, contain technologies, and interoperability (even if you have to DIY from time to time). Familiarity with Continuous Integration, test tools, DevOps, and Ansible would also be valuable. 

Did you read anything about supporting Windows based systems above? No you didn't. We're sure you can and that's a useful skill, but that won't be what makes us hire you. 

You will join a technology centric team who collectively do amazing things with computing and electronic technology, but you should also be comfortable solving complex problems on your own. You know that Raspberry Pi isn't something your grandmother bakes, Python is more than just a big snake and you are quite happy to roll up your sleeves and bust out your strace skills when the going gets tough. 

If you want to work with a purpose at the heart of New Zealand's national security, make your application now.  We believe that diversity is our first line of defence and encourage all parts of the community to consider a career with us.

Salary range:

Level 1 - $68,316 - $102,474

Level 2 - $77,711 - $116,567

Level 3 - $90,366 - $135,548


How to apply

Applications must include a completed application form, a current CV and cover letter.  These should be sent to quoting reference number C2/18/108, your name and preferred location (Auckland or Wellington) in the subject line of the email.  Only completed applications will be progressed. 

Please direct any enquiries regarding this role to

To be eligible for employment within the NZIC you must have been a NZ citizen for at least 10 years.  Alternatively you must have been a citizen of UK, USA, Canada or Australia for at least 10 years and hold NZ Permanent Residence / a current NZ Residency Class Visa.

You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Special (TSS) security clearance.  Ordinarily to obtain this level of clearance candidates must have a 15 year checkable background in countries where meaningful and reliable checks can be undertaken.  Where requisite checks are unable to be made, the candidate application may not be able to be progressed.


Applications close Wednesday 24 October 2018. 

The NZIC treats all applications for employment in the strictest confidence and we ask that you maintain a similar level of confidentiality.  You are expected to exercise discretion during the recruitment process and throughout your career.

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