Technical Product Owner

Ministry of Social Development

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Technical Product Owner

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.

Technical Product Owner

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

We have an opportunity for a talented Technical Product Owner to join our dynamic Pipeline Management team which services the automated processes, tools and testing that allow our developers and operations teams to build and deploy to production.  

We are seeking this role to be across Release Management as a product. Through leading a large team of Release Analysts, this role will own and lead the software release for multiple systems and applications.  The role will seek quality and best practise for our production systems, while working with our various delivery teams in collaborative ways.

Managing the workflow and delivery through the various software life cycles of delivery is a day to day requirement of the role, while continuously enhancing our processes, tools and education of the release and change practice.

The products offer 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 will: 

  • Work collaboratively with the Technical Product Manager for your product group contributing to product strategy & roadmaps, and Epic business cases.
  • Create the work plan for teams in collaboration with team members, customers, and stakeholders.
  • Participate in product level ceremonies and PI Planning.
  • Develop Asset Management Plans.
  • Define acceptance criteria for product stories and confirm they are complete.
  • Foster an environment of trust, empowerment, collaboration, and a positive culture.

 What can you bring?

  • Proven technical expertise within your respective domain.
  • Proven experience as a successful product owner, scrum master or a similar leadership role in a technology environment.
  • Strong technical knowledge and the ability to translate complex technology into relatable language.
  • Demonstrated excellence in prioritisation and decision making.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact effectively at all levels

How to apply:

Please note: This position can be based in Wellington or Auckland.

Shortlisting will start prior to the closing date.

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.

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.

Closing Date: Monday the 17th January 2022

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