14 March 2024

The Ministry of Defence (the Ministry) is the Government’s lead civilian advisor on defence matters. The Ministry is responsible for providing advice to help Government make well-informed decisions about the defence of New Zealand and its interests, procuring major Defence equipment to meet the New Zealand Defence Force's (NZDF) capability needs, and assessing the Defence Force's functions, duties and projects.

We are looking for a highly experienced executive to lead the Ministry in delivering the Government’s priorities. As the principal civilian advisor to the Government on defence matters, the Secretary of Defence will have experience developing and leading high-quality policy and strategic advice while leading and managing the delivery of multiple functions through a public service organisation as part of a broader system. They will do so by leading and influencing key policymakers and stakeholders (both nationally and internationally).

The appointee will have a record of delivering system-wide results throughout their career, enabled by their collaboration and relationship-management skills. They will have a strong understanding of the levers that will increase the strategic impact of the Ministry’s work and will be experienced in working with Ministers.

The Secretary of Defence must have the ability to build and maintain an effective relationship with the Chief of Defence Force to ensure that the Ministry and the NZDF work constructively to achieve results and deliver on the governments priorities. The Secretary of Defence will be expected to build the capability of the Ministry to ensure that Defence sector investments are fiscally responsible and sustainable.

We are seeking an inspiring leader who has proficiency in the following areas: system leadership, organisational leadership, sector experience and context management. More information on the key leadership dimensions of this role can be found in the position description.

If you think you are the right person for this role, an application pack can be downloaded below.

For further information or a confidential discussion about this position, please contact:

Nick Ritchie, Strategic Advisor

T: 021 314 896

E: nick.ritchie@publicservice.govt.nz

Completed applications must be submitted to CErecruitment@publicservice.govt.nz by Thursday, 4 April 2024 at 11:59pm.


Application pack: