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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.
The role draws on my experience from earlier careers.
Director Air Domain 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!
It's great to work for the Ministry knowing that it supports the needs of the NZDF capability requirements.
Aquistion Lead, 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.
I really enjoy working with such an interesting and talented group of people.
Deputy Director, Policy Branch Simon
After a number of years in the New Zealand Army and working for another government department I joined the Ministry of Defence in 2006 as a Principal Advisor Computing and Information Technology. Since then I have worked on wide range projects including command and control systems, frigate self-defence weapons, helicopters, and work force and financial modelling.
I currently work as the Deputy Director Policy Branch providing advice to the Government on a number of challenging policy issues.
I really enjoy working with such an interesting and talented group of people. Much of the work in the Ministry is collaborative, both with the Defence Force and a wide range of other government agencies and stakeholders. It is a great opportunity to develop wide networks and exposure to the machinery of government.
In 2009 I was appointed to the team that worked on the first Defence White paper for 13 years. This work involved reviewing the entire Defence organisation over an 18-month period and presenting options to Government about the future force structure and major capabilities our Defence Force would need to meet the Government’s objectives.
The Ministry also supported me when I did part-time post graduate study, and I continue to serve as a member of the Territorial Force of the New Zealand Army, which has included a seven month operational deployment.