Data Scientist - Identity

Date:  20-Sep-2022

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Apply your data science and statistical modelling skills to identity management at Immigration New Zealand
  • Work in a rewarding and fascinating subject area of biometrics and identity fraud
  • Permanent position based in Wellington, Auckland or Christchurch
  • Salary range $95,103- $115,585

Tēnei tūranga -

About the role:

The Verification & Compliance branch within Immigration New Zealand provides up-to-date intelligence and information to advise sound strategic and operational decision making at all levels across the immigration system. Ideally this role will be based in Wellington, however applications outside of Wellington will be considered on a case by case basis, with the ability to travel as required. 


We are looking for a Data Scientist to join Identity Services.  The Data Scientist will: 


  • Test, tune, monitor, develop, and optimise the the behaviour of the identity matching engines Identify business problems and/or business risks and develop innovative solutions for implementation
  • Provide complex, statistical analysis of and recommendations for the maintenance, upgrade or improvement of biometric or biographic systems
  • Help monitor the stability of Identity systems and trouble shoot issues with the system as they arise
  • Support the quality assurance process in Identity 
  • Advance forecasting of identity resolution volumes

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and experience required:


  • Competent in the use of data querying, analytical and modelling tools, preferably both SQL and R 
  • Experienced in using advanced analytic methods to conduct complex analyses of large amounts of data
  • Experienced in working across multiple analysis disciplines and processes
  • Experienced in using analytics modelling or statistical analysis in a risk and / or operational research environment
  • Capable of translating complex and technical information into information easily understood by non-technical staff
  • Professionally active and aware of recent developments in methodologies and practices
  • Versed or interested in record management, biographic matching, biometric matching, identification sciences and identity management
  • Able to build productive working relationships
  • Able to understand and process new information quickly
  • Have excellent organisational and time management skills


Applicants must be a New Zealand or Australian citizen or hold a residence class visa.

Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a Confidential government security clearance. 

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.  Email Emily Boyd at quoting ref MBIE/8371 if you have any further questions.

Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 29 September 2022.