Senior Advisor - Strategic Finance and Planningat New Zealand Customs Service
New Zealand Customs Service
Wellington, NZ
5d ago
source : New Zealand Government Jobs

About this role

We currently have a permanent full-time position available for a Senior Advisor Strategic Finance and Planning. This role reports directly to the Manager Planning, Investment and Reporting within the Finance, Technology and Infrastructure Group and will be based in our Wellington Customhouse.

This is a newly created role that will be part of a team responsible for the provision of strategic financial management, investment and non-financial performance advice within Customs and to key external stakeholders.

The frameworks that this team will develop and implement, including annual business plans, multi-year budgets, performance measurement, and internal and external reports, will allow Customs to clearly understand and communicate its current performance and to plan and invest in an optimal manner for the future.

The focus of this Senior Advisor Role will be to provide sound advice and leadership on the development and implementation of planning frameworks that allow Customs to plan in an optimal manner.

This includes advising and contributing to the development and implementation of an agency wide approach to business planning, performance measurement, and internal and external reporting, ensuring high quality information is available on a timely basis to support decision making and communication with external stakeholders.

To be successful in this role, the appointee requires the following knowledge, experience, skills and personal attributes :

  • A tertiary qualification (at least equivalent to Bachelors) in a relevant discipline.
  • General knowledge of the Public Service Act 2020 and responsibilities under the Public Finance Act.
  • An in-depth understanding of financial and non-financial systems in Government Organisations, and how these integrate with other business processes and systems together with the ability to identify and implement changes.
  • An in-depth knowledge and experience in implementing high-level corporate planning and performance measurement methodologies.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use Microsoft Office products (MS Word; Outlook; Excel; PowerPoint; Project; Access).
  • Ability to build and maintain effective internal relationships as well as identify and establish required external relationships building strength and rapport in maintaining and sustaining those relationships.
  • Ability to organise own work and documentation in a methodical, efficient manner to ensure it is readily available and meets organisational standards.
  • An ability to clearly engage professionally with executives, external people and staff as well as present technical ideas, information and advice, orally and in writing to a range of audiences and in a way that suits the audience.
  • An ability to integrate complex relationships and information involving both financial and non-financial indicators for a range of customers in a large and diverse organisation.
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate business needs and work in partnership with others to provide accurate and timely advice and systems to assist and improve financial and business decision making.
  • A proven ability to project manage a number of key initiatives to deliver the outcomes of this role.
  • A good understanding of business and processes at an operational level.
  • To Apply :

    To join Customs in any role you must be a New Zealand citizen or NZ permanent resident

  • and be able to obtain and retain Confidential security clearance.
  • A New Zealand Citizen or New Zealand Permanent Resident who has resided continuously in New Zealand for the last 5 years and resides in NZ at time of application;
  • OR a New Zealand Citizen or New Zealand Permanent Resident who has resided in New Zealand for the last 5 years and resides in NZ at time of application, but may have been absent from New Zealand for periods of six or more months within the past five years, preferably in one or more of the following countries : either Australia, Canada, UK or the USA.

    You will be required to provide overseas police certificates for these periods spent outside of New Zealand.

    To express your interest on line please apply now by submitting a CV and Cover Letter that demonstrates your ability to meet the competencies required for the role as outlined in the position description.

    If you have any questions about the role please contact Suzanne Leahy (Senior Recruitment Advisor) at

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