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Communications Advisor & Document Writer

NZ Defence Force
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Defence, corrections & security
Wellington - Hutt Valley
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Job Description

What you will do

In this 12-month fixed term position you will provide the Future Maritime Support Construct (FMSC) team with high quality communications advisor and document writing support. You will be responsible for generating and managing the FMSC Communications Plan and supporting the whole FMSC team (including the technical and commercial work streams).

Additionally you will be responsible for and involved in:

  • Building and maintaining constructive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Providing the Delivery Lead and FMSC Director with strong and adaptable communication strategies and advice, to protect and enhance the reputation of the FMSC;
  • Drafting and development of FMSC project and procurement documentation that meets internal requirements and standards, and is appropriate for a supplier audience.

What we need
To be successful in this role you will be a self-starter with an in-depth understanding of communications for project environments operating in a large, diverse organisation. You will also be comfortable in writing, editing and formatting complex technical documents with a plethora of annexes and supporting information into a coherent package, in addition to crafting regular stakeholder updates that are tailored to a range of audiences.
You will be excellent at being proactive, engaging with stakeholders and understand the importance of relationship management, detail and quality. To hit the ground running you will also need:

  • A general comprehension of the Better Business Case approach to government procurement, and experience in managing stakeholder communications across all levels, internal and external to the organisation;
  • The ability to visually communicate complex organisational objectives, structures and themes in an engaging, easy to understand and graphically compelling way;
  • At least 3 and preferably 6 years' experience as a Communications Advisor post qualification, preferably within a Government Department and ideally with involvement in major procurement projects.

Ideally you will have:

  • A tertiary qualification as a Communications Advisor;
  • The ability to travel domestically up to once every 6 weeks.

Who we are
Every hour of every day, 365 days of the year, the New Zealand Defence Force is contributing to the defence, security and well-being of Aotearoa/New Zealand. As a modern, professional military it is our goal to maintain well trained, equipped and disciplined armed forces that can react to crisis at short notice.
The Future Maritime Support Construct (FMSC) is a multi-disciplinary team that is developing a new technical support model for the RNZN that is outcome focused to ensure the Naval Fleet (currently comprising 11 ships) is enduringly Ready, Reliable and Relevant. The FMSC comprises three work streams – Delivery, Technical and Commercial, and currently has 17 team members. Most of these are based in Wellington but some personnel are also located remotely (including Auckland and Tauranga). The team comprises a mixture of NZDF uniformed and civilian employees plus some personnel seconded from other organisations.
Why Us
This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to shape this role to be your own and take charge of all FMSC communications and document writing. In return for your knowledge and skills you will be rewarded with a challenging and varied work environment, and an engaged and supportive team that can offer a flexible working arrangement.
The NZDF is an inclusive organisation that is open to flexible working arrangements and welcomes applications from people regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age, beliefs/opinions, or family circumstances.
In return for your expertise, dedication and hard work, the NZDF is offering remuneration reflective of your experience and skills, along with:

How to Apply
To view the Position Description and to apply online please visit our Defence Careers website, or use the links on this page. For further information, please contact CDR Phil Bradshaw on 027 442 1968.
Please note: If you are an existing NZDF employee (excluding contractors) you must apply through our Internal Vacancies site, via the HR Toolkit.

Applications close on Monday 28 October 2019.

Please note: Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand (NZ) and be able to obtain and maintain the required level of NZ Government security clearance for the position applied for. The minimum citizenship and residency criteria for security clearances to be granted by the NZ Defence Force are as follows:

Low level Security Clearance

  • most preferably a NZ citizen, who has resided in this country continuously for at least the last five years, OR
  • is a citizen of, and/or has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last five years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (USA); and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at this level.

If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application.

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