Head of National Security System Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - Wellington

Closing Date: May 1, 2022

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE

  • New leadership role and team!
  • Advise the Ministry of Security and Intelligence, Natural Hazards and Risks
  • Flexible working culture
  • Salary $146K – $220K depending on skills and experience  
  • Permanent role based in Wellington CBD

Tēnei tūranga –

About the role:
This is a new and exciting opportunity to shape MBIE’s interaction with the National Security System (NSS) and develop the team.

The Head of National Security System is a new role designed to provide strategic leadership, people leadership and subject matter expertise on MBIE’s interface with the National Security System (Security and Intelligence and Natural Hazards and Risks). The Head leads a small highly skilled team who work across the Ministry to coordinate the Ministry’s interface with the National Security System, particularly with the Security Intelligence Board (SIB) and the Hazard and Risk Board (HRB).

This role reports to the General Manager Workplace and will be responsible for leading a team of four. The role is based in Wellington and will require a Top Secret security clearance.


This role is responsible for:

  • Coordinating MBIE’s interface into the NSS from a whole of MBIE perspective
  • Providing advice to the Chief Executive and wider Senior Leadership team who attend SIB and HRB board meetings and coordinates follow up actions
  • Providing alignment and prioritisation of investment, policy and activity.
  • Promoting best practice in national security functions and provides leadership in national security strategic issues and supports the response to national security issues as they arise
  • Contributing to the efficient running of MBIE’s security governance arrangements and responsibilities to the SIB and HRB
  • Provides coaching, mentoring and advice to help build understanding of the National Security System and how to apply this.
  • Leading and managing the NSS team

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana –

Skills and experience required:

  • Demonstrated experience working in the National Security System
  • Experience working with both SIB and HRB Boards (desirable)
  • Leading a team of dedicated SMEs
  • Experience working and influencing across a large and complex organisation
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of New Zealand’s National Security environment
  • Significant experience working in an operational or advisory role in the New Zealand National Security System
  • A comprehensive understanding of the Public Sector environment and a demonstrated understanding of policy and regulatory processes, including Government decision-making and operating procedures.
  • Prior experience in establishing and running complex inter-agency mechanisms to promote national security priorities.

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.

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