Fund Lead - Plastics Innovation Fund

Ministry for the Environment

  • Full Time
  • Auckland

Mō te tūnga | About the role

As part of a broader government plan to reduce the increasing amount of rubbish ending up in New Zealand's landfills, the Government is launching a new Plastics Innovation Fund.  The purpose of the Plastics Innovation Fund is to support projects that reimagine how we make, use and dispose of plastics.  The fund will reinvest money raised through the national waste levy on projects that promote or achieve plastic waste minimisation.  This programme is an important part of how Aotearoa New Zealand will shift to a low-emissions and low-waste circular economy.

The Ministry is responsible for delivering a range of other waste minimisation and resource recovery investments and infrastructure funds and projects, and this role will sit amongst the Systems Change and Investment Directorate.   Our team's purpose: To empower people and organisations to transition towards a waste-free Aotearoa, one waste minimisation investment at a time.

We are looking for a Fund Lead and two supporting roles (advertising links below) to join our Plastics Innovation Fund team and help drive this work as our investment function grows. 

Investment Manager (Analyst) SEEK 

Senior Investment Manager (Senior Analyst) SEEK

Depending on the needs of the team, and the priorities of the government, you may also become involved in other areas of waste investment and related policy work.

This is challenging, varied and fast paced work.  It's an opportunity to work on an exciting subject area of great interest to New Zealanders, whilst developing your leadership and management skillset.

Working closely with the Waste Funds Managers, you will lead the Plastics Innovation Fund team and drive initiatives that improve how the team and fund operates.

The Fund Lead will play a critical role in advising the government and oversee the day to day running of the Plastics Innovation Fund team and funding rounds.  The Fund Lead will provide judgement and direction in an operating context that is often ambiguous and complex, and politically charged. A key accountability will be to lead a small team of investment managers, ensuring the team is well organised to deliver on its various commitments. The Fund Lead will also work closely with other Waste Minimisation Funds teams to make sure that systems and processes are well aligned, and ensure the fund is operating within its regulatory parameters. 

 Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

 Our ideal candidate will have: 

  • experience leading, managing and implementing areas of policy, including public programmes or funds
  • some experience of business planning is preferred
  • extensive experience with developing, leading and maintaining a variety of partnerships and relationships to support programme outcomes
  • experience with recruitment, onboarding and building the capability of teams is preferred
  • an understanding of Te Ao Māori and appetite to champion this in our team and with our relationships with Te Tiriti partners and stakeholders
  • high levels of critical thinking and analysis
  • subject matter expertise relating to waste minimisation, plastics or related experience and credentials
  • strong stakeholder management skills with the ability to influence at all levels
  • a passion for developing people to be the best that they can be, and continuing to build a positive team culture
  • a positive attitude within a team environment and a solution focused approach to problem solving

Mō mātou | About Ministry for the Environment

The Ministry's strategic vision - A flourishing environment for every generation - He taiao tōnui mō ngā reanga katoa.

 Our people tell us the ‘top five' things they love about MfE are:

  • how friendly and supportive the people are
  • the shared passion for the environment
  • the variety of challenging, meaningful work
  • working with smart talented colleagues they can learn from, and
  • our flexible approach to work. 

We support flexible approaches to work to ensure that we have the best person for the role.  This is a great time to be part of an agency delivering on its commitment to flexible working as well as diversity and inclusion. 

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

Apply directly by completing the online application form and submit your CV and cover letter In your cover letter, please highlight how your interest in the role and how your experience relates to the key skills required for this role. 

If you require further information about this position, please contact Michelle Kazor at

Salary range: $110,872 to $135,510 pa Appointment within this range will be based on skills and experience.

We are open to interagency secondments so please seek approval from your manager if you wish to consider this option and stipulate if that is your preference within your application.

Applications close: midnight Wednesday 22nd September 2021.


  • Share this post!