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Technical Specialist Middleware

Date:  14-Oct-2021

Wellington, NZ Auckland, 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.



About MSD 

Over the last five years in the Improvement, Systems and Technology group we have been evolving our delivery approach to be agile at scale. 


This is an exciting opportunity to be part of one of New Zealand’s largest IT groups and be the motivational force that empowers our teams to meet delivery goals and increase product capabilities and services to our clients.  


You’ll appreciate a wide variety of work in a fast-paced environment, leading Agile standing teams and supporting one or more cross-functional teams to ensure Agile culture and efficiency.


About the role 

Please note this role can be based in Wellington or Auckland 

We are looking for an experienced Middleware Technical Specialist with focus on Middleware Design to join our Infrastructure Applications Team. You will be responsible for looking at the MSD middleware systems and connections at an enterprise level and designing and documenting solutions whilst collaborating across teams. This key role bridges the gap between applications, middleware and infrastructure and ensures the competent and efficient operation of the Ministry’s information systems to meet ministerial needs and strategic objectives.


Drawing on your technical expertise you will have strong communication skills, written and verbal and ability to work within a multi-platform integrated environment. The ability to work under pressure and manage difficult situations is highly regarded.


You will have proven experience as a Middleware Technical Specialist supporting the full SDLC through to Production with the ability to quickly understand and be trained in the areas you may not have proven experience.


Key Requirements:


  • Infrastructure analysis/design & implementation of hardware and software solutions on associated platforms.
  • Lead technical management in the delivery of operational projects.
  • Understanding emerging technologies, related technologies, methodologies and advise, recommend and lead the adoption of appropriate technologies as required.
  • High level of experience installing, configuring, tuning, operating, monitoring and troubleshooting Weblogic Server and/or IBM Websphere.
  • Previous experience supporting applications in a production environment.
  • Experience of other middleware platforms (IBM BPM/ODM, Rails, Tomcat, DataPower) desirable.
  • Excellent problem diagnosis and investigation skills.
  • Experience working within a DevOps environment & exposure to Continuous Delivery practice is desired but not essential.

How we can support you:
We are an organisation that has people at the centre of our work 

 At MSD we understand that our people do their best, when they can be their best and we’re committed to fostering a work culture that is diverse, inclusive, and supportive. 


We offer structures and tools such as Flexible working arrangements, Health Insurance and Vision care, Westpac Government Employee Pac, MSD Wellbeing Plan and Learning and Capability- Study Assistance to support our people and their development. 
If you want to be part of a team that is all about helping to build successful individuals, and in turn building strong, healthy families and communities then we would love to hear from you. 


Manaaki Tangata, Manaaki Whānau.

Salary range: $108,585.00 - $132,715.00

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: Thursday 28th October 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.