Operations Manager

Date:  24-Nov-2022

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • A varied, challenging and rewarding role in the Māori economic development space
  • Contribute to the Crown-Māori relationship and Māori economic development
  • Provide project management leadership, drive innovation and continuous improvement
  • Wellington based location
  • $132k - $162k with appointing salary determined on a candidates experience, capability and internal relativities


E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e rau rangatira mā

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa


If you are passionate about Māori economic development, are energetic and keen to make things happen, consider our role as an Operations Manager.  MBIE's Te Kupenga (Māori Economic Development Unit) is looking for a person to be key interface across MBIE, its partners, and Māori customers. Someone who is adept at managing multiple projects and a varied workload. Attention to detail will be great! Equally, a proven ability to get things done, diplomacy skills and strong customer service ethos that will set you in good stead and provide plenty of opportunity for growth.

Tēnei tūranga -

About the role:

The Operations Manager position is responsible for supporting Te Kupenga team to efficiently and effectively execute projects and initiatives to support Māori employment, enterprise, rangatahi, regions and training.

  • By providing high-calibre support to the Te Tumu Houkura - General Manager Māori and Branch Leadership Team
  • A varied, challenging and rewarding role in the Māori economic development space
  • Leading a team of 5 staff you will oversee the team reporting, management of two funds (the Maori Innovation Fund and Enabling Māori Framework fund), input into the Key Result Areas for team and collation of information and data that contributes to the economic prosperity for Māori

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and experience required:

  • Professional credibility suitable to take a leadership role across this high profile programme of work
  • Proven experience working as a lead in programmes or projects of scale across the State sector
  • Experience with procurement and contracting processes
  • Skilled in finance administration
  • In-depth knowledge of processes at the centre of government as well as wider government processes and protocols
  • Strong relationship management and communication skills and a high level of tact, intuition and judgement
  • Very strong writer, skilled at drafting accurate, succinct and tactful correspondence, and reports
  • Ability to work in a culturally safe and respectful manner, always being mindful of the cultural diversity of the industry and having regard to Te Ao Māori and Treaty of Waitangi principles.



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 Monica Chow at monica.chow2@mbie.govt.nz quoting ref MBIE/9306 if you have any further questions.

Applications close on 19 Dec 2022.