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We are a small civilian agency that has fewer than 150 people who come from a variety of backgrounds. We believe our small size is an advantage because each person can see the results of their own effort in what we collectively deliver. In this way, every person counts. This contributes to very high levels of engagement – among the highest in the public sector.
Although this is a very small Ministry, it deals with an incredibly diverse range of work.
Head, International Branch Charlotte
I started in the Ministry three years ago as one of the Directors in the International Branch after 10+ years at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and postings to Canberra and Washington DC.
The International Branch leads advice and analysis on New Zealand’s deployments, defence relations, and offshore security issues to Ministers, Defence principals and partner agencies. We do this working hand-in-hand with NZDF and MFAT but also other agencies such as DPMC.
Although this is a very small Ministry, it deals with an incredibly diverse range of work. What I do is really interesting and varied. It often requires ministers to make very difficult decisions. This means our advice needs to be well thought through and carefully constructed. Some highlights have been working on the mandate renewals for the deployment of New Zealand Defence Force personnel.
The Ministry has changed dramatically over the three years that I’ve been here. That change has been very well managed. Staff are happy and engaged and like their jobs – which makes for a positive environment. The team in International Branch is first-rate. We really focus on working collaboratively and making the most of everyone’s skills and experience, always learning and most importantly, delivering good advice.
The role draws on my experience from earlier careers.
Programme Director, Air Neil
I came to be working in the Ministry through an opportunity to contribute to the future shape of Defence for New Zealand with the Ministry’s reorganisation that moved it toward becoming the benchmark for defence capability management.
After a hugely satisfying career in uniform and a subsequent period in industry, for experience and knowledge in the commercial side of the fence, my current role has me directing the major air domain capability projects through to their realisation as capabilities in the New Zealand Defence Force.
The role draws on my experience from earlier careers. I’m working with a great team across the Ministry and Defence Force, and the wider industry sector. The environment within Defence and the industry sector is very dynamic and as the saying goes, there’s never a dull moment!
I believed in the work, so I wanted to stay.
Intermediate Analyst, Evaluation Division Morgan
I started as a contractor a few years ago and applied for a permanent position when it became available. The team was the best I had ever worked with and I believed in the work, so I wanted to stay.
My role is data focused in a variety of mediums. It could be to do with people, operations, financial or an audit of a function within NZDF. We engage in in-depth data analysis, qualitative exploration and modelling to report on findings in a clear, transparent and evidence-based manner.
We are working on a really interesting piece at the moment. It is complex in terms of the amount of data involved, and there is a lot of engagement with stakeholders in a data-gathering or advisory capacity. It’s another great example of adjusting quickly to new information while focusing on the end result of the project.
I really enjoy working with the people here. The team is incredibly inviting with a focus on mentoring and collaboration. Everyone adds his/her skills and expertise, and I believe it is reflected in our high-quality reporting.
I have been lucky enough to travel throughout Asia supporting New Zealand’s defence diplomacy efforts.
Portfolio Analyst, Development Branch Ben
I joined the Ministry in 2012 after completing a Master of Arts in Political Science.
I’m responsible for advice on the management of the $20 billion programme of military capability investments out to 2030, and work to enhance the way we plan the Defence Force of the future.
I have been lucky enough to travel throughout Asia supporting New Zealand’s defence diplomacy efforts, participated in talks with foreign militaries, and spent time at military exercises and bases throughout New Zealand. In the office, we get to write advice to Cabinet, research papers, speeches, and public documents on a range of defence issues.
I enjoy the diverse experiences, and the people here. The Ministry is a great team – tight knit, collegial and a lot of fun.
A highlight of my work here was being part of the 2013 Defence Midpoint Rebalancing Review team, which balanced defence policy, capability and funding, and was recognised as a public service exemplar for a multi-agency review.
It's great to work for the Ministry knowing that it supports the needs of the NZDF capability requirements.
Project Manager, Capability Delivery Beth
I started at the Ministry in July this year. I joined because I want to contribute to the results that the Ministry are going to produce in the near future, as we work together to acquire and enable the capabilities/military equipment needed to realise the Government’s expectations for NZDF.
As a Project Manager in the Capability Delivery Division, it is my job to lead a specific project through all its stages, sometimes right through to benefits realisation. I'm currently working in the civil aviation area and as I have previous experience in that field, I'm thrilled to be able to bring some new skills in to the existing project team. Working as a Project Manager is exciting because it's bringing the written requirements and policy into palpable reality, and I am really looking forward to seeing this in the future.
I enjoy being part of a team knowing that what we do supports the needs of the NZDF capability requirements. This enables the Defence Force to undertake all of its roles and tasks from protecting and supporting New Zealand's interests to providing humanitarian aid and relief during local or international disasters.
Through the Ministry's system of rotation I can get valuable experience in other branches.
Policy Analyst, Development Branch Caleb
I applied for a Policy Analyst role here as I was finishing my Masters Degree. The Ministry of Defence is an organisation that is not afraid to back a graduate and invest in their development.
I’m primarily responsible for contributing to major projects in the land domain, and leading the Ministry’s engagement with certain projects. This includes writing business cases and other documents for projects as they move through the Capability Management Framework.
I enjoy working here because you have a seat at the table in discussions on very important issues for New Zealand’s future defence capabilities. The decisions that are made through projects are anything but simple, and being involved in that thinking is exciting.