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Senior Maritime Intelligence Officer

New Zealand Customs Service
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Defence, corrections & security
Wellington - Wellington
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

The New Zealand Customs Service hosts the National Maritime Coordination Centre (NMCC), a multi-agency team that coordinates maritime patrol tasking for civil agencies. The National Maritime Coordination Centre is co-located at Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand in Trentham, Wellington.

The overall objectives of the NMCC are to maximise the effectiveness of New Zealand's maritime patrol and surveillance assets; to ensure the best possible use of available information and to enable a whole of government approach to maritime security.

As the result of a vacancy, we are looking for a suitably qualified individual to join the team in the role of Senior Maritime Intelligence Officer, to provide intelligence support to plans and operations. This will include assisting with current and future planning; intelligence support to significant operations such as New Zealand's Southern Ocean patrols; engaging with customer agencies; chairing the Maritime Intelligence Working Group; and leading the intelligence component of the NMCC.

You will also be responsible for collection, collation, quality assurance and dissemination of information from the NMCC. Because the NMCC is a small team, the incumbent will be expected to assist other members of the team as and when required.

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate:

  • Proven experience in intelligence ideally in the maritime environment. Proven experience in operations would be highly beneficial.
  • A qualification in formal intelligence training conducted by a New Zealand Government Agency or overseas equivalent, or an appropriate tertiary degree.
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective and constructive working relationships and highly effective communication skills, both written and oral.
  • An enquiring mind.
  • The ability to be flexible and reactive in order to fully meet the requirements of the NMCC.
  • Strong analytical and information management skills to enable the establishment and maintenance of effective systems.
  • Exceptional organisational skills and the ability to effectively manage their own workloads and priorities.
  • Strong judgment and initiative and a willingness to go the extra mile to ensure that tasks or issues are dealt with in a timely manner, including travelling to meet the needs of the NMCC.
  • Well-developed computer skills with particular strength in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships and the proven ability to communicate professionally with internal and external contacts at all levels.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous personal and professional development.
  • Demonstrated willingness to make informed decisions with respect to problems in their area of functional or technical expertise.


To join Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa in any role you must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident*. Due to the nature of Customs' work all candidates must have a clear Police record. Security clearances are mandatory and are conducted by Customs before job offers are made. Successful applicants are also required to pass a drug test and medical assessment, they must also hold a full driver licence.

(*) you need to have continuously resided in New Zealand for the last 5 years, or in one or more of the following countries: Australia, Canada, United Kingdom or United States. You must have a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service towards a recommendation of suitability for security clearance at a higher level.

To be successful, you need to either currently hold and maintain or obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.

To apply for this role please apply online at by submitting a CV and Cover letter. A position can be found on the NZ Customs website.

For further information about this role please contact Senior Recruitment Advisor, Jolene Ingram 

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 21 May 2019




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