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Principal Portfolio and Planning Advisor

Date:  19-Jul-2021

Wellington, NZ

Principal Portfolio and Planning Advisor



Are you a strategic advisor with expertise in government who can work at a senior level to plan, develop and produce strategic business plans?


Social Wellbeing Agency (SWA) is recruiting for a permanent Principal Portfolio and Planning Advisor. You will work closely with our Executive Leadership team, acting as a trusted advisor and will lead our strategic planning and organisational performance. 


What you will be doing?


This role will provide advice on:


•    Annual planning, develop processes and frameworks
•    Ensuring planning and reporting is integrated into work programmes
•    Practise is consistent across the organisation and management 
•    Agency collaboration, working together with all teams to deliver on SWA’s priorities  


Who we are looking for?


We’re looking for someone who can track process against SWA’s current strategic priorities, associated work programmes and support the further development of our organisational strategy. You will lead the functions of portfolio, project and governance frameworks and the annual planning cycle for SWA.  


Below are some of skills and capabilities that we are looking for:


•    Demonstrated experience at leading and development organisational strategy
•    Proven experience embedding and maintaining project/programme governance frameworks, policies and processes; including multiple workstreams
•    Significant experience at partnering and developing influential relationships at a senior level
•    Experience at coaching/mentoring others 
•    Experience developing business cases and budget bids


You can find out more about SWA and the work we do by visiting our web page: 



How to Apply



To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV, cover letter and complete the online application form.  Note: Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the competencies listed in the position description. 

All applications must be made online.  If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact us at 

Internal MSD Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.

Closing date:   29 July 2021.




We welcome applications from everyone. Joining us means being part of an inclusive whānau that celebations the diversity each person brings. Talk to us about what flexible work arrangements might work for you and us both.

If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so we can assist you through the recruitment process.


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