PMO Manager

Date:  15-Mar-2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Be part of the Digital, Data and Insight’s Portfolio Management team
  • Permanent role based in Wellington CBD 
  • Salary range: $126,790 - $190,186


Our Portfolio Management team is the one stop shop for all things related to delivering and governing change at MBIE. We support all of MBIE to effectively lead projects, establish standards, lift capability and provide a community of best practice with the focus being on: 



  • Oversight of approved projects including allocation of resourcing and oversight of stakeholder engagement frameworks, project performance, project and portfolio reporting, pipeline planning, risk and issue management. 
  • Improvement focus including project management standards and practices, development of project management capability, risk, issue, benefits tracking and dependency management and undertaking post project reviews with a view to continuous improvement.


We are a collaborative, learning team excited about exploring new opportunities for meaningful business engagement. Our PMO plays a crucial role in ensuring that our teams have the best opportunity for consistently successful delivery.

Working at MBIE really means making a difference for Aotearoa. We care about our team, and we work collectively to grow New Zealand for all.

Tēnei tūranga - About the role:

The PMO Manager reports into the Head of Portfolio Management and manages the day-to-day activities in the PMO, provide guidance on PMO policies and processes and collaborate with the wider Portfolio Management team to ensure project and programme delivery success. To be successful as the PMO Manager, you should demonstrate strong leadership and communication skills, be well organized and able to work under pressure.

The PMO Manager is responsible for:

  • Supporting the Head of Portfolio Management in assuring the overall integrity and coherence of the change portfolio
  • Providing ongoing health check of the portfolio by assessing whether the projects and programmes continue to adhere to standards and contribute to the stated strategic objectives and benefits plans
  • Ensuring the use of standard project and programme management practices across MBIE 
  • Coaching and guiding project managers through the project management life cycle
  • Continuously evaluating projects to ensure they are meeting MBIE standards, adhering to budgets, and meeting deadlines
  • Design, challenge and ensure the production of management dashboards
  • Advise on tailoring the delivery framework to achieve an appropriate project or programme structure
  • Building strong relationship with key stakeholders
  • Mentoring and coaching team members


Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana - Skills and experience required:


  • 8+ years’ experience in project management/EPMO roles in structured project delivery environments in both the public and private sectors
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in a supervisory position
  • Expert knowledge and wide experience across project management disciplines with a good understanding of contemporary best practice principles
  • Experience of delivering project management services within both waterfall and agile project approaches
  • Experience of both business change and technology projects, of diverse complexity and scale
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills, able to engage successfully and credibly at multiple organisational levels
  • Professional Qualification in Project and Programme management or other related field essential
  • Proven ability to remain up-to-date on key technical changes and opportunities in their specialist area and proactively use this to continuously improve MBIE services
  • A team player, willing to contribute as necessary to deliver project outcomes of a high standard and to drive the increasing maturity of MBIE’s delivery functions
  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant field or extensive comparable experience
  • Must have the legal right to live and work in New Zealand


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 Roxana Anderson at quoting ref MBIE/10770 if you have any further questions.


Applications close on Thursday, 30th March 2023