Infrastructure Architect

Ministry of Social Development

  • Wellington

About us

The Ministry of Social Development is a people-centred organisation. We’re in communities across the motu, working with partners to help New Zealanders be safe, strong and independent.

We provide social policy and advice to government and assistance, including income, employment and housing support to people of all ages, families, whānau and communities.

As a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner we are committed to supporting and enabling Māori, whānau, hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.

Our people are as diverse as the communities we serve. We care about the wellbeing and success of our people and provide a supportive and inclusive working environment where people can thrive and be who they are.

The opportunity

The IT Improvement Systems and Technology group design, deliver and support the IT infrastructure that help New Zealanders help themselves be safe, strong and independent through robust and relevant ICT systems.

We are looking for an experienced IT Infrastructure Architect to join our existing Improvement Systems and Technology team. Someone who is keen to be involved with not just our extensive and enterprise scale technology portfolio, but also help us maintain and improve our infrastructure services to support modern IT operating environments.

This is an interesting and exciting role, as you provide valued contributions to improve our Infrastructure Architect practice. Your previous architecture knowledge and experience will bring knowledge of what works and what doesn’t and help us adopt new methods for the team to achieve its goals.

Working with a broad team of highly motivated Technical Designers, Infrastructure, Enterprise and Solutions Architects you will be responsible for;

  • Developing, enhancing and renewing the infrastructure technology strategies, roadmaps, design methodologies and practices,
  • Working in partnership with the Enterprise Architect & IT Applications teams to set the technology direction for Infrastructure Services and the wider IT team,
  • Create technical solutions that are secure and meet agreed patterns, 
  • Providing technical and financial analysis for new and existing solutions,
  • Carry out options analysis for proposed solutions,
  • At times take a lead role across other Architects and Designers to help deliver required solutions, and 
  • Support our Product Management with the sequencing of workloads and definition of success criteria for features across multiple products and services.

Your role will be a leader in the strategy and future of the Ministry’s infrastructure services, with significant opportunities for growth and development within one of the largest IT infrastructures in the country. With our new steps into modern delivery methods, such as the Scaled Agile Framework, we provide a unique and rewarding working environment.

Skills and experience that are essential for the role include;

  • Network experience/skills, preferably in M365, Unified Comms and Voice,
  • Architecture, design, and options analysis,
  • Working knowledge of SAFe for Agile,  
  • Cross-functional integration and negotiation,
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal,
  • Experience in a commercial environment and in the creation of IT infrastructure strategies and technology roadmaps, and
  • Experience with hybrid cloud infrastructure solutions.

If you are looking to take the next step in your career and a real opportunity to grow and develop you IT career, we'd be keen to hear from you.

How to apply

To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV, cover letter and complete the online application form.  Note: Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the competencies listed in the position description. 

All applications must be made online.  If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact us at 

Internal MSD Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work. This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.

Closing date: Sunday, 27 June 2021.

Position Description

Joining us

Joining MSD means being part of a whānau that celebrates the diversity each individual represents.  We show manaaki, we care about the wellbeing and success of people and want everyone to thrive, and be who they are in a supportive and inclusive working environment. We work together to make a difference for communities while doing the right thing with integrity. We are a Treaty partner committed to strengthening relationships with Māori, Hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.

If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so we can assist you through the recruitment process.

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