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Programme Advisor

Date:  04-May-2021

Wellington, NZ

About us

The Ministry of Social Development is a people-centred organisation. We’re in communities across the motu, working with partners to help New Zealanders be safe, strong and independent.
We provide social policy and advice to government and assistance, including income, employment and housing support to people of all ages, families, whānau and communities.
As a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner we are committed to supporting and enabling Māori, whānau, hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.
Our people are as diverse as the communities we serve. We care about the wellbeing and success of our people and provide a supportive and inclusive working environment where people can thrive and be who they are.



Programme Advisor


Contracts & Licence Management
6-month secondment/fixed term contract


About the team 


In partnership with the various teams in Improvement Systems and Technology (IST), the business and our IT suppliers, we help in the initiation, planning and delivery of solutions that meet the needs of the business.


This role will focus on vendor management and supplier support. The work is currently increasing in supporting wider IST teams in their Contracts and Statement of Work management, acting as a liaison between IST and Procurement, Software Licensing support and focusing on improvements through collaborating with other IST vendor Managers.


As the Programme Advisor, you will:


  • Work closely with the Technical Product Owner (TPO) Supplier Management in supporting the development of best practice supplier management across the IST team at the Ministry
  • Collaborate with other IT specialists and some IT managers to ensure that assigned pieces of work are completed as expected.
  • Work with the EPMO, project managers and other stakeholders to improve our Portfolio, Programme and Project maturity in a Scaled Agile environment, including Benefit Realisation, Change Management.
  • Collaborate with other teams within IST to support their engagement with suppliers and other internal teams to ensure timely and effective delivery.


We are looking for the ideal person who:


  • is comfortable working with staff from different backgrounds, with varied skills/work styles/personalities and is able to develop and maintain trust and good working relationships with staff at all levels of the organisation
  • can self-manage, plan, facilitate, organise and execute well alone or in collaboration with others
  • does not shy away from constructively questioning the status quo, assumptions and beliefs and offer ways of improving current practice
  • is able to deal with ambiguity (at times)
  • has a good sense of humour.


Technical skills


  • Supplier and/or Vendor Management experience advantageous.
  • Understanding of financial modelling and experience working collaboratively with Financial Analysts.
  • Ability to work effectively with internal (IT and Procurement) and External (Suppliers) stakeholders.
  • Microsoft Office suite skills, with advanced Excel skills.
  • Effective written and oral communication. 
  • Understanding of effective Governance and processes to support this.
  • Understanding of managing workload in an Agile/SAFe work environment.


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: Sunday 16th May 2021

Joining us

Joining MSD means being part of a whānau that celebrates the diversity each individual represents.  We show manaaki, we care about the wellbeing and success of people and want everyone to thrive, and be who they are in a supportive and inclusive working environment. We work together to make a difference for communities while doing the right thing with integrity. We are a Treaty partner committed to strengthening relationships with Māori, Hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.

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.