Immigration Manager

Date:  24 May 2023

Christchurch, NZ, 8013

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Are you an action-oriented people leader with energy, resilience and a positive ‘can do' attitude?
  • Do you have a passion to motivate, inspire, bring the best out of people and lead a team to succeed?
  • Do you have experience influencing and achieving through others, and building sustainable relationships?
  • Salary Ranges from $86,916 - $103,290 with KiwiSaver and wellness benefits
  • Permanent and Secondment opportunities available- Christchurch Office based. 

We are looking for candidates to work in standard hours between 6am - 6pm and alternate hours of 12pm - 8pm. Please state in your application your preference for the hours.

Tēnei tūranga - About the Role:

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join our leadership team. We are looking for an experienced operational leader who will have demonstrable people leader skills, is goal orientated and able to ‘think on your feet' in order to add value. You will use your strong leadership skills to manage a team of officers to deliver quality immigration outcomes for New Zealand.

This role is for you if you want to:

  • Utilise your strong leadership skills in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Have varied, interesting and challenging work with no two days ever being the same.
  • Have flexible working hours to suit your life, between 6am to 6.00pm Monday – Friday 

The role of Immigration Manager sits within the Border and Visa Operations (BVO) and comes with 8-12 direct reports on average. BVO is the main processing and operational arm of Immigration New Zealand.

We are looking for candidates to work in standard hours between 6am - 6pm and alternate hours of 12pm - 8pm. Please state in your application your preference for the hours.

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana - Skills and Experience Required

To be successful in this role, you will need to be able to demonstrate that you have experience in, or have the qualities that would enable you to successfully perform, the following tasks:

  • The ability to manage workflow ensuring the continuation of BAU during periods of ambiguity and significant change is essential. 
  • Mental agility to multi-task and deal with ad-hoc requests through to completion within tight timeframes, while maintaining a positive outlook.
  • The ability to lead effectively through change and drive high performance under challenging circumstances.
  • The ability to foster an inclusive working environment that supports, leverages, and celebrates diversity.
  • Implementing quality processes designed to streamline and improve productivity whilst being a service champion.
  • Effective coaching and performance management of individuals or teams resulting in personal growth and achievement of organisational goals.
  • Excellent relationship building with peers and external stakeholders.
  • Solving complex problems and being able to make sound decisions in a changing environment.
  • Knowledge of the immigration system beneficial but not essential.

For your application to be considered, you must be a New Zealand citizen or hold a New Zealand permanent resident visa.

Ētahi kōrero mō MBIE - About MBIE:


MBIE's goal is to create a resilient and high-performing economy that delivers real and ongoing quality of life for all New Zealanders.

We do this by working with others to create an environment that supports businesses to be more productive and internationally competitive, enables all New Zealanders to participate in the economy through improved job opportunities and by working to ensure quality housing is more affordable.

People are at the heart of our mahi, our way of working is guided by our values which shape our behaviours.

  • Mahi Tahi – Better Together
  • Māia – Bold and brave
  • Pae Kahurangi – Build our Future
  • Pono Me Te Tika – Own It


Our aspirations are echoed in our Māori identity – Hīkina Whakatutuki – which broadly means ‘lifting to make successful'.

MBIE recognises the partnership founded under Te Tiriti o Waitangi between Māori and the Crown and is committed to giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We will do this through enduring, meaningful and effective partnerships with iwi, Māori, other Māori groups/organisations and the Crown, as this is critical to enable economic and social development, both for Māori and for wider Aotearoa New Zealand. We are committed to continuing to partner with iwi in order to find new sustainable solutions to address long standing systemic and cross-cutting issues facing Māori and wider Aotearoa New Zealand and we are also committed to identifying opportunities for iwi to lead and creating an enabling environment for iwi to leverage these opportunities.

E mōhio ana a Hīkina Whakatutuki i puea ake te kōtuinga I waenganui i a ngāi Māori me te Karauna i Te Tiriti o Waitangi, ā, kei te whai ia ki te whakaū ake i Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Mā te whai kiko o ngā kōtuinga ahungaroa o ngāi wi, o ngāi Māori, me ētahi atu rōpū Māori ki te Karauna, katutuki tēnei. He āhuatanga nui tēnei e āhei ai ngā mahi whanaketanga ā-ohanga, ā-pāpori hoki ki a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui. E whai tonu ana mātou ki te kōtui atu ki ngā iwi mō te rapu huarahi hou ki te whakaara i ngā kaupapakua roa nei e tāmi ana i a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui, ā, e whai ana hoki ki te tautohu i ngā āheinga kōkiritanga mā ngā iwi, me te tautoko i ngā iwi kia whai mana ake ai ēnei āheinga.

Me pēhea te tono - How to Apply:

Click here to view a position description. All applications must be submitted via our online process and include a Cover Letter and CV outlining your interest and suitability for the role. 

Email Hayley at quoting ref MBIE 11851 if you have any further questions.

Applications close on 7 June 2023.