Manager, Security

Office of the Ombudsman

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington
  • Support the Chief Ombudsman's vision of fairness for all
  • Opportunity to lead and develop a newly created team
  • Lead and advise on security matters for a first class integrity agency

Mō te Tari o te Kaitiaki Mana Tangata – About the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman is an Officer of Parliament and handles complaints about the actions and decisions of government agencies, undertakes investigations and inspections, and provides advice and guidance to ensure people in New Zealand are treated fairly by the state. The Chief Ombudsman is an independent and impartial integrity agency.

Mō tō mātou tira – About the team

The security team is a newly established team of four including the manager within the Corporate Group to support the work of the New Zealand Ombudsman.

Mō te tūranga - About the role

The Manager, Security will lead a newly created team to provide security advice, leadership and programme management for the Chief Ombudsman. Being a newly created team this role offers you an opportunity to use your expertise on physical, personnel and information security matters in order to protect the people, work and reputation of the Office and lead, develop and grow a new team within the Office.

The role leads and provides advice concerning security, leadership and programme management to senior stakeholders within the organisation. You'll have a high level of oversight around the security work plan, ensuring that strategies are integrated and fit for purpose. Working cohesively and partnering with cross-functional teams to ensure the strategic objectives are met in a timely manner.

The role requires you to lead both people and projects, be agile in the way we deliver the programmes of work to fit in with our values.

He kōrero mōu – About you

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification in protective security or other relevant field, or significant and comparable work experience.
  • Several years' experience at lead or management level in protective security or other relevant field.
  • Experience leading and engaging a team to deliver sound policies and procedures.
  • Sound understanding of the Ombudsman in New Zealand's constitutional framework.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to articulate complex messages clearly, simply and concisely.
  • The ability to confidently lead through ambiguity and periods of uncertainty.
  • Strong problem-solving orientation - must be able to develop innovative, resourceful solutions to complex unstructured problems
  • Confident and comfortable presenting information, and refined relationship management skills.
  • Excellent problem-solver that is results driven but flexible, as well as analytical.

Me pēhea e tono - How to apply

To apply, click on the ‘Apply Now' button where you will need to register through our online career centre, complete our application form and upload your CV and cover letter. For further information about this vacancy please email

It is a requirement of the Chief Ombudsman that all new staff are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before commencing work. This includes any boosters they are eligible for.

All applicants will have a legal entitlement to work in New Zealand. Appointees will be subject to a criminal convictions check and will be required to achieve and maintain a security clearance to the required level and to the satisfaction of the Chief Ombudsman.  Conflicts of Interest declaration may be requested as part of the recruitment process.

Depending on skills and experience the salary range is $117,314 - $146,643.

Applications close 5pm Sunday, 28th August 2022.


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