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Principal Advisor - National Operations

Housing New Zealand Corporation
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Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

  • Full-time, fixed-term role (until June 2020)
  • Based in our Wellington National Office
  • Annual salary of $141,450 plus five weeks' annual leave

About Housing New Zealand

Housing New Zealand Corporation is a crown agent that provides housing services for people in need. It isn't just about getting a roof over people's heads - we also work closely with others to ensure our tenants have access to good support services.

On 1st October 2019, Housing New Zealand Corporation becomes part of Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities.

About Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities

Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities brings together the three existing agencies of Housing New Zealand, HLC and KiwiBuild to form a new organisation.

Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities is central to the Government's aspirations for housing and urban development. It will work across the housing spectrum to build thriving communities where everyone has a place to call home.

This new organisation will have two key roles: being a public housing landlord, and partnering with the development community, iwi, and local and central government to deliver urban development projects of all sizes.

The anticipated start date for this new organisation is 1st October 2019.

Our Values - Kotahitanga - One Team

Housing New Zealand has important work to do and our aspirations are big. We believe that people do their best within an environment of trust, care, contribution, humility and learning. We also do our best when we take personal responsibility to achieve our shared vision and maintain a working environment we are proud of.

The values that drive us are:

  • we trust each other and share ownership
  • we care about each other as people
  • everyone's contribution matters
  • we are humble and genuine
  • we continually learn and innovate.

The role

Our vision is 'Building lives and communities by housing New Zealanders.' To help us achieve this, we are currently recruiting for a Principal Advisor - Operations to provide strategic advice to the National Operations Manager, Chief Operating Officer and the wider People and Property teams.

The role will be responsible for challenging operational and strategic thinking within the Group, and assisting with improving the overall performance and response to challenging issues. The position has an influential role in ensuring strategy and business improvement is delivered with optimal results meeting HNZ's strategic objectives.

The incumbent will be responsible for identifying opportunities for improvement, and delivering nationwide change and best practise across the group. They will also work collaboratively with other teams across Housing New Zealand to develop an integrated response to core strategic and shared operational priorities.

This is an integral role for the People and Property team, working across a number of other groups and agencies, and will be responsible for representing the interests of People and Property at a national level. This will ensure the voice of the business is heard and reflected in key business or agency decisions.

The Principal Advisor - Operations will inform good decision-making and fit-for-purpose business solutions. They will lead and support the transition of solutions and ministerial-directed, cross-agency work into the business. The position will drive and deliver enhanced processes and systems and overall business improvement.

What you'll need to bring:

  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline, such as business administration, project management or strategic planning
  • Demonstrated aptitude in business planning, monitoring and reporting, preferably in a leadership capacity
  • Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills. Proven ability to communicate with technical and non-technical people, taking due account of the context and adapting to audience
  • Proven ability and experience in developing and maintaining relationships and working effectively with staff at all levels of the organisation
  • An understanding of Government Accountability and official information processes is desirable

What we offer

We offer competitive salaries and five weeks' annual leave for all new starters, as well as a benefits package including a range of insurances, flexible working arrangements and career development. These benefits are described in more detail at

We provide a working environment with opportunities for self-development and new challenges. If you'd like to join a team of professionals who are passionate about people, improving the quality of the lives of our tenants and giving something back to the community, we would love to hear from you. To learn more about us and the work we do, visit

To apply please follow the online process.

The reference code for this position is 49010GJO.

To see a copy of the position description and apply for the job, go to

To find out more about this opportunity please contact HR service centre at

Applications close at 5.00pm on Sunday, 25 August 2019.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability.

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