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Manager, Programme Management Office

Posted on Wed, 28 Sep 2022

Work type

Permanent - full time



Close date

Tue, 11 Oct 2022

Mōhou ake | About you:

To be successful in this role, you'll be a critical thinker with excellent problem-solving skills.  You will have had significant experience in project/programme management, preferably in large scale transformation programmes.

 We are seeking candidates who:

  • Are able to demonstrate experience in the application of best-practice programme management;
  • Are able to work collaboratively with stakeholders, establish great working relationships and demonstrate evidence of excellence in communication and negotiation;
  • Is proactive and energetic, welcomes challenge and seizes opportunities, including being able to operate in a complex transformation programme environment of a public sector agency;
  • Is focused on understanding the needs of customers and on delivering value to them;
  • Consistently deliver results beyond expectations

 Key Responsibilities:

 You will be responsible for

  • The establishment and day-to-day management of the Programme Management Office;
  • Develop appropriate project and programme artefacts for the Commission;
  • Coaching and leading in the use of project methodology and project management disciplines throughout the stages of the project management lifecycle;   
  • Manage independent project assurance;
  • Manage integrated programme roadmaps and integrated planning using Microsoft Project tools;
  • Leading ongoing health checks of the portfolio by assessing whether the projects and programmes continue to adhere to standards and contribute to the stated strategic objectives;
  • Ensure the use of standard project and programme management practices across the Electoral Commission;
  • Continuously evaluate projects to ensure they are meeting Electoral Commission standards, adhering to budgets, and meeting deadlines;
  • Design, challenge and meet deadlines for management dashboards and reporting to governance;
  • Build strong relationship with key stakeholders;
  • Mentor and coach team members.

Your Background:

To be successful in this role you need the following:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent experience;
  • Project management certification (e.g. PMP, Prince2);
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Project and/or other project management tools;
  • Demonstrated leadership, communication, and liaison skills with proven ability in building and maintaining relationships;
  • Effective negotiation skills and an ability to influence and persuade;
  • Experienced in successfully managing several large and complex projects to successful completion;
  • Brings a continuous improvement lens to all work;
  • Works well under pressure and manages competing priorities and stakeholder viewpoints with ease;
  • Knowledgeable of the public sector project management strategies and standards.;

 About the Electoral Commission | Te Kaitiaki Take Kōwhiri

The Electoral Commission wants every New Zealander to trust, value and take part in parliamentary elections.

Here's your chance to contribute to New Zealand's democracy as part of a small team of electoral experts who design, build and implement processes and systems for Parliamentary elections and referenda.  It's an exciting and varied role within a team which is committed, supportive and hands-on.

 Why join the Electoral Commission?

The Commission is building an inclusive strength focussed culture where diversity is encouraged and valued and we welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds, orientations and identities.  We want to provide a flexible working environment where everyone feels valued and supported.  We are happy to discuss what works for you. You will join a team who are here for the right reasons, and we are passionate about what we do.

 What's next?

For a job description and application form, please click the links below. 

For more information,  contact

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

To apply, please click here and submit a tailored CV and cover letter outlining your reasons for joining the Commission, highlighting relevant skills and experience.

You must be legally allowed to work in New Zealand.

All new employees are encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide a copy of their My Vaccine Pass (MVP) when accepting an offer of employment with the Commission. If there is no MVP provided, we will discuss with you the potential impact this may have on the work you are able to perform for the Electoral Commission should the current situation change.

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