Systems Engineer

Ministry of Social Development

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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.

About MSD

Over the last five years in the Improvement, Systems and Technology group we have been evolving our delivery approach to be agile at scale. 

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of one of New Zealand’s largest IT groups and be the motivational force that empowers our teams to meet delivery goals and increase product capabilities and services to our clients.

You’ll appreciate a wide variety of work in a fast-paced environment, leading Agile standing teams and supporting one or more cross-functional teams to ensure Agile culture and efficiency.

About the role 

Multiple roles - Auckland (preferred) or Wellington based opportunities exist

You will need to have substantial experience in Linux Systems Administration, preferably in large scale environments using centralised configuration management software and experience with infrastructure including SAN arrays and fabrics, enclosures, blades, and a range of backup devices. 

An overview of your responsibilities:

  • Do your part to configure and run the Ministry's centralised enterprise Linux Systems, including the integration and administration of HP SANs.
  • Work with rich and varied set of technologies with virtual server configurations.
  • Work with virtualisation technologies supporting Redhat operating systems.
  • Work closely with wider operation groups and scrum masters including in-house Middleware and Database Administrators.


  • Experience with VMware.
  • Competence with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. (Scale = hundreds of VM).
  • Competence with Logical Volume Managers in multiple platforms (Linux, MS Windows, HPUX and Solaris environments).
  • Understanding Networking, SAN.
  • Ability to backup and recover company data.
  • Monitoring and integration knowledge into the likes of Check Mk, HPE IRS and HPE One View.


  • Experience using HPE enclosures and blades.
  • Experience using configuration management tools, i.e. Satellite, Puppet or alternatives.
  • Experience deploying and supporting cloud-based service offerings.
  • 3PAR knowledge.

 What we offer:

  • Work alongside a supportive team of highly skilled professionals.
  • Be supported and encourage to develop your skills and career.
  • We support flexible working opportunities.
  • Be part of an evolving environment with complexity and size that will challenge and reward you.

 We are looking for trusted and experienced extra cover within some of the applications our team support.

Our scheduling systems (Control M), Payroll and Financial, secure exchanges with other organisations. 

‘The new’ heads towards infrastructure and compliance as code, specialist applications securing our systems though patching remains a core component of this role.

 What's in it for you?

  • Work for and serve the people of NZ doing what you love!
  • Great culture and collaborative working environment.
  • Work/life balance.
  • Unparalleled scale and scope of complex projects you won’t see elsewhere.
  • Being involved in a large IT modernisation programme with a focus on SAFe (Scaled Agile).

How we can support you

We are an organisation that has people at the centre of our work 

 At MSD we understand that our people do their best, when they can be their best and we’re committed to fostering a work culture that is diverse, inclusive, and supportive. 

We offer structures and tools such as Flexible working arrangements, Health Insurance and Vision care, Westpac Government Employee Pac, MSD Wellbeing Plan and Learning and Capability- Study Assistance to support our people and their development. 

If you want to be part of a team that is all about helping to build successful individuals, and in turn building strong, healthy families and communities then we would love to hear from you. 
Manaaki Tangata, Manaaki Whānau.

Position Description:

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: Friday the 10th December 2021

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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