Procurement Graduate Programme - 2024

Date:  25 May 2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011 Auckland, NZ, 1010

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE

The New Zealand Government Procurement Graduate Programme develops tomorrow's public sector procurement leaders.  This is a unique two-year programme, starting in February 2024 with positions in both Auckland and Wellington.

  • Build your skills and networks to create pathways to fantastic future opportunities 
  • Play a role in the procurement of more than $51.5 billion dollars of supplies and services 
  • Enjoy professional mentoring from some of the best procurement specialists in NZ as well as support in gaining a procurement qualification
  • Starting salary of $60,727 (with an increase in July) 

Tēnei tūranga - About the Role:

The New Zealand government’s Procurement Graduate programme offers you a unique opportunity to help government agencies achieve their strategic and commercial aims whilst supporting climate change goals, working with a more diverse range of businesses and improving conditions and wages for workers.

Above all else, the goal is to deliver value via services to New Zealanders. So, if you wanting to build a career that gives you a chance to give back to the community as well as ensuring you have complex problems to solve, responsibility and a passionate group of colleagues to work with, then look no further. 

As a Procurement Graduate you will undertake every activity involved in helping obtain the goods and services needed to support daily operations whilst being fair, transparent, inclusive, and efficient.

Me pehea te mahi a te hotaka? - How does the programme actually work?

We offer a two-year programme that consists of four placements of six months, each within the procurement team of a different government agency. In each instance you are given the chance to work across a wide variety of procurement projects while learning from highly experienced and well-regarded procurement practitioners.  

You will be given insights across the full procurement lifecycle, from strategy and market analysis through to contract management and everything in between.  Additionally, you will develop your skills through mentoring, a buddy programme, networking events and formal and informal training.  All of which means you will gain an exceptional level of critical skill and knowledge that will enable you to accelerate your career.

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and Experience Required

We are open to considering students from a variety of academic disciplines and backgrounds. We are all about finding the people with the right combination of personal qualities, including enthusiasm, drive and commitment. 
Ideally, you will bring:


  • An adaptable approach and the ability to thrive in fast-paced, ever-changing environment
  • An engaging, dynamic mindset, and the ability to understand the importance of building relationships in the professional world
  • A solutions-focused mindset
  • A C+ average in your studies.

Additionally, you will need to be a recent graduate or a student in your final year of study in 2023. You must also have the 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.  You must upload your CV, cover letter and a copy of your academic transcript to be considered for this opportunity.

For more information visit this page or email quoting ref MBIE/11794.  Alternatively sign up for our online information session on the 7th June here.  Applications close on Sunday 18th June.