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Manager, Strategy and Assurance

Ministry for Primary Industries
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IT & computing
Wellington City
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Job Description

Manager, Strategy and Assurance - Full Time, Permanent position. 

Are you:

  • An experienced technologist with a keen eye for detail as well as having a broad strategic view,
  • Experienced in developing and working with architecture and risk frameworks,
  • Already at the top of your game but looking for further challenges in a varied, innovative and fast moving environment?

If so, then read on.

About you

You will lead, inspire, create and set the priorities for the team. With the CIO, you will help set the direction for BT&IS. You will have experience with:

  • Developing and maintaining strategic plans, including; Digital, Data and Technology Plans
  • Leadership and staff management and development.
  • Defining, creating and managing Enterprise Architecture frameworks and standards.
  • Solution Architecture practices and understanding how Enterprise and Solution Architecture practices are aligned.
  • The development of Risk and Assurance frameworks and their practical application and management.
  • Software design methodologies, patterns and practices. This knowledge is used to inform architecture frameworks and patterns that can be used internally, by third party vendors or by other Ministries.
  • Understanding of Operational Service Delivery models i.e. DevOps, DataOps etc.

About the role

Reporting to the Director (CIO), the Manager, Strategy and Assurance is a key role within Business Technology and Information Services (BT&IS). It is responsible for providing leadership and setting the standards for technology adoption throughout MPI. The role supports the Director in a number of critical areas, including; strategy development and management, technology assurance - through robust architectural standards and frameworks and ensuring technology is delivered in an effective and consistent manner.

The position involves managing a number of Enterprise and Solution Architects as well as an Assurance and Customer focused function. It is a dynamic team with wide impact and reach within MPI.

About MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for ‘Growing and Protecting New Zealand'. We help maximise export opportunities for our primary industries, improve sector productivity, ensure the food we produce is safe, increase sustainable resource use, and protect New Zealand from biological risk. It's no mean feat and we have a team of hard working and dedicated people in a variety of roles supporting us to make this happen!

Our work stretches all the way from the Beehive to the border. If you want a career where you help to grow and protect New Zealand in a very real way then this is it. Our team is collegial, supportive and hard working. MPI has a focus on career pathways so this is the first step in your career with us and we will help you grow.

See the benefits of working at MPI

How to apply

To view the position description and apply for the role, please click on “APPLY NOW” in order to be directed to our website. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

Please Note: A Security clearance to the level of Confidential is required for this position. The successful applicant will required to obtain and maintain this clearance. More information about security clearances can be found at

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Steven Adam, Senior Recruitment Adviser at

Applications close: Wednesday 25th September 2019

The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.

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