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Senior Advisor Governance

New Zealand Customs Service
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Boards and Governance
Wellington - Wellington
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

At Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa|New Zealand Customs Service, it's our people that make the difference.

Our belief

Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa|New Zealand Customs Service is a welcome home and a welcome here.

People are at the heart of what we do. We believe compliance should be easy to do and hard to avoid.

We are here to protect and promote Aotearoa New Zealand through world-class border management. A career at Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa|Customs could take you anywhere.

Our values

We do what's right | Te Ara Tika

We are guardians | Kaitiakitanga

We value people | He Tāngata

We look forward | Pae Tawhiti

We currently have a Senior Advisor Governance opportunity available.

We have a permanent opportunity within the Policy, Legal & Governance (PLG) Group for a Senior Advisor Governance.  This busy and varied role is responsible at the heart of decision-making in the Customs Service.

The focus of this role is threefold.  The Senior Advisor Governance role provides:

  • high quality advisory support to the Comptroller in the leadership of the Customs Service. This includes support for the Comptroller as the Chair of CEB and its committees, and general advisory and support functions as directed by the Comptroller from time to time
  • high quality advisory support (through the Group Manager, PLG) to Customs Executive Board (CEB) and its committees to ensure these bodies are effective and efficiency governance bodies for Customs. This includes developing a forward agenda and work programme, development of agendas for individual CEB and CEB committee meetings, and preparing and finalising the minutes of CEB Committee and CEB meetings
  • as time permits, high quality advisory support to the Group Manager PLG. The expected focus of this work will be on developing and designing new systems and processes that would improve the performance of PLG and/or Customs as a whole.

The balance of time between each role will depend on the needs of the Comptroller and the CEB at any one time, as these are the primary priorities of the role.

Reporting to the Group Manager PLG, the Senior Advisor Governance will have broad experience within the public sector and have a good understanding, proven experience and exhibit strong judgement in governance, policy and operations issues.

 The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following experience:

  • Demonstrable political awareness and skill in dealing with sensitive issues, both internally and externally
  • Effective performance in a similar role, or one requiring similar skills and competencies - preferably in central government
  • Strong understanding of governance and senior level management issues; general risk management frameworks; and the conventions, structure and functions of Government and their relationship to the work of the New Zealand Customs
  • Demonstrated ability building and sustaining credibility and trust with senior managers
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to foster good stakeholder relationships through consultation and partnership
  • Displays a strength in achieving timely results and outcomes.

The successful applicant will be required to pass a drug test and be able to obtain and maintain Top Secret security clearance and police clearances. Applicants must be either a New Zealand citizen or a New Zealand Permanent Resident.

New Zealand Customs Service | Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa is a member of Diversity Works New Zealand and is committed to developing a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace.  We provide equal employment opportunities and welcome applications from everyonne who can meet the requirements of the role.

For any further information about this role, please contact Suzanne Leahy at or 04-9315469.

Applications close on Friday 5pm 22 February 2019.

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