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Manager, Risk, Assurance and Governance

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
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Project/Procurement/Risk Assurance
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

  • Leadership role in the Provincial Development Unit (PDU)
  • Play a critical role in the success of the PDU
  • Highly collaborative environment
  • Permanent role


A unique opportunity to lead a critical function to support the effective administration and management of the Provincial Growth Fund, the government's flagship initiative, created to lift productivity potential in the provinces.


About the role

Reporting to the General Manager, Strategy, Planning and Performance you will be responsible for leading the Risk, Assurance and Governance function for the PDU. 

You will have a forward looking focus and will make sure the function is working in a way that gives effect to the direction of the Unit and broader economic development strategy. 

You will work closely with other functions in the PDU to collaboratively develop and deliver an effective assurance work programme and provide strategic advice and recommendations to the senior leadership team.

You will also collaboratively lead:

  • quality and cost effective secretariat support to PDU/PGF governance groups and panels
  • PDU work with Audit NZ and the OAG as needed to enable effective external monitoring
  • the co-ordination of PDU input into corporate reporting requirements such as the annual review and annual report
  • evaluation activities and deliverables.


Leadership across the branch and PDU and managing relationships within MBIE and with other government agencies is central to this role. 

We are looking for an experienced leader with strategic nous, strong relationship management skills and the ability to navigate through ambiguity.


To succeed in the role you will need to display:

  • Proven track record of leading a team in a medium to large public sector or business organisation, connected and contributing to the wider organisation and ensuring the “one organisation” approach.
  • Experience and knowledge of monitoring, quality assurance and/or compliance activities in a medium or large public sector organisation
  • Experience with the design and application of frameworks and best business practice in a complex business environment.
  • Experience in appropriately engaging with Ministers and Minister's offices, and key central government and business stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining key networks and stakeholder relationships.
  • Proven success in leading and managing a team and maintaining a team environment focussed on continuous improvement 
  • The ability to work at all levels of the organisation and relate to and gain the confidence of diverse stakeholders
  • Sound working knowledge and understanding of the machinery of government and processes that apply within the state sector.
  • Has excellent change leadership, communication and coaching skills to embed a culture of excellence in the team.
  • Has the intellectual capability and judgement to manage multiple complex projects concurrently
  • Well-developed influencing and negotiation skills
  • Proven planning and organisational management skills


About the PDU

The Provincial Development Unit (PDU) has been established to be the focal point within Government for regional economic development, and to design and implement the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF).

Through the PGF central government has committed to investing $1billion per annum over 3 years in regional economic development with the aim of lifting productivity potential in the provinces. Its priorities are to enhance economic development opportunities, create sustainable jobs, enable Māori to reach their full potential, boost social inclusion and participation, build resilient communities, and help meet New Zealand's climate change targets.

We want to grow New Zealand for all New Zealanders – for our communities, our families and our children – to make New Zealand a place where we can all prosper.  These aspirations are echoed in our Māori identity – Hīkina Whakatutuki – which broadly means ‘lifting to make successful'.


How to apply

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our on-line careers website. You may view a position description at this site, as well as complete the on-line application, and upload a CV and cover letter. For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

Email Jo Smith at quoting ref MBIE/1436634 if you have any further questions.

Applications close at 5pm on Sunday 15th December 2019.


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