Technical Product Owner - Data Integration and Caching

Ministry of Social Development

  • Wellington

Technical Product Owner

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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.

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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 - Data Integration and Caching

The primary purpose of the TPO Data Integration is to help lead our data integration team. The role will help transform how data integration is managed within MSD. It will help support the decision-making drives positive business outcomes. 

You will have a strong interest and experience in:

  • Master data management: Master data management (MDM) is the process of ensuring the organisation is constantly working with and making decisions based on a single version of current, “true” information. Ingesting data from all of your sources and presenting it as one constant, reliable source, as well as repropagating data into different systems, requires the right tools. 
  • Data stewardship: A data steward does not develop information management policies but deploys and enforces them across the enterprise. As the name implies, a data steward watches over enterprise data collection and movement procedures, ensuring practices are implemented, and rules are enforced. 
  • Data quality management: If a data steward is a kind of digital sheriff, a data quality manager might be thought of as his court clerk. Quality management is responsible for combing collected data for underlying problems like duplicate records, inconsistent versions, and more. Data quality managers support the defined data management system. 
  • Data security: One of the most important aspects of data management today is security. Though emergent practices like DevSecOps incorporate security considerations at every level of application development and data exchange, security specialists are still tasked with encryption management, preventing unauthorised access, guarding against accidental movement or deletion, and other frontline concerns. 
  • Data governance: Data governance sets the law for an enterprise’s state of information. A data governance framework is like a constitution that clearly outlines policies for the intake, flow, and protection of institutional knowledge. Data governors oversee their network of stewards, quality management professionals, security teams, and other people and data management processes to pursue a governance policy that serves a master data management approach. 
  • You will have experience Leading, growing and developing a team of data integration analysts and developers.
  • Acting as a thought leader for new strategic initiatives shaped by emerging technology.
  • Hands-on technical skills and development will still be required in the role.
  • The ability to interpret large data sets and data mining using innovative methods.
  • Engage and influence senior stakeholders.
  • Dive deep in analysing data patterns.
  • Implement data transformation, storage and messaging techniques.

The successful applicant will have:

  • Proven experience in leading a team is essential.
  • Ability and willingness to be hands-on in the delivery of highly technical application and data integration projects.
  • Extensive experience in the application of application and data integration transformations and controls.
  • Solid skills in SQL and No-SQL.
  • Advanced Data Modelling in a business context.
  • Technical experience in programming in Python, R and statistical packages (R, SAS).
  • Technical experience in one or more visualisation tools such as Tableau or Power BI.
  • Qualifications in relevant disciplines (Physics, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Analytics).

Position Description:

Salary range: $106,967.00 - $160,451.00

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: Monday the 24th January 2022.

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.

MSD has a COVID-19 vaccination policy which requires employees to be fully vaccinated.

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