Principal Assurance Advisor

Date:  09-Jan-2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Be part of the Digital, Data and Insight group’s Portfolio Management team
  • Permanent role based in Wellington CBD and other locations will be considered
  • Salary range: $112,856 - $138,028


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 exited about exploring new opportunities for meaningful business engagement. Our Principal Assurance Advisor plays a crucial role in ensuring appropriate risk mitigation and quality management so 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:

Working alongside the Head of Portfolio Management, the Principal Assurance Advisor is an integral role responsible for:


  • Developing and continuously improving project, programme and portfolio assurance standards and practices
  • Leading the assurance activity within MBIE’s portfolio of change projects and providing consolidated reporting for governance bodies 
  • Completing assurance reviews and fieldwork on workstreams, projects and programmes as well as liaising with external assurance providers when required for IQA and TQA work
  • Monitoring and advising the three lines of defence assurance activity so that it is carried out according to the Assurance Plan
  • Playing a leadership role in supporting the delivery of good practice project, programme and portfolio risk management
  • Ensuring scope of those performing 3rd line of defence activities aligns with the plan, escalate any gaps or risks to management and adjust plan accordingly (capturing scope overlaps) or raise additional risks (for scope gaps). Follow escalation processes as required
  • Managing GCDO Assurance process as required including Go Live readiness assessments and any other Major ICT enablers/releases
  • Internal Assurance reporting to Portfolio Management, including dashboard of assurance recommendations progress, process strength/health and maturity assessments, monitoring and review of the delivery of quality products and services in lines with the requirements of the project
  • Conducting quality assurance investigations of non-conforming processes, including underlying causes and developing and coordinating recommended corrective actions
  • Ensuring assurance records and information are consistently collated and maintained on a regular basis and records are kept in an appropriate repository
  • Proactively contribute to the optimisation of assurance and reporting practice, and assistance in the refinement of the portfolio management processes
  • Coaching and mentoring team members and the MBIE project management community in good practice project and programme assurance activities

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


  • 5+ years’ experience in project management roles in structured project delivery environments in both the public and private sectors
  • Expert knowledge and wide experience across project management/assurance disciplines with a good understanding of contemporary best practice principles
  • Sound understanding of and experience with applying assurance techniques
  • Experience in delivery of assurance plan outputs to agreed quality measures
  • Experience / management of large public sector projects with central monitoring
  • Relevant project, programme and portfolio qualifications (e.g. knowledge and qualifications in some of PMI, PRINCE2, MSP, MoP, Praxis, Agile, Management of Risk)
  • Excellent communication, self-management and interpersonal skills
  • Confident and articulate verbal presentation skills
  • A very high standard of written English
  • 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

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/9795 if you have any further questions.


Applications close on Tuesday, 7th February 2023