Mātanga Hokohoko Matua | Senior Procurement Specialist

  • StatsNZ
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Jul 10, 2024
Full-Time Other

Job Description

A profile-raising Procurement Role changing the way Stats NZ contributes to meaningful outcomes, About Aotearoa, for Aotearoa - data that improves lives today and for generations to come. This role will have you performing in an ICT procurement role delivering to our Future Census programme. 

  • Represent the lead agency for government-held data
  • Bring your ideas into an environment set up to support curiosity

Mōu | For you 

Tatauranga Aotearoa Stats NZ are dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, health, and wellbeing. We welcome every gender, ethnicity, ability, religion, age, and background and encourage all our people to be their authentic selves. 

Starting salary: $118,052 - $158,264 negotiable + superannuation 

We encourage you to go to our careers site to learn more about working at Tatauranga Aotearoa Stats NZ, the Way We Work and our benefits. We want working for us… to work for you!!   

Other benefits of joining our Stats whānau include:  

  • Flexible by default, balance life and work commitments  
  • Develop and grow your career (coaching, training, study support, secondments) 
  • Contribute to meaningful work that makes a difference to all people in Aotearoa  
  • 3 extra annual leave days (taken during Christmas office closure) 
  • City based offices that cater to a variety of working styles and needs 
  • State of the art, brand new 6-star green building in Wellington 

Te tūnga | The role 

Stats NZ is in the process of transforming the way we collect, process and disseminate data. Technology providers are, and will, be significant contributors to the design, build and delivery of the future model. As Senior Procurement Specialist, your interfacing within industry will represent the interests of Stats NZ in our role as the lead agency for government-held data. You will ensure the voice of the industry is heard internally in supporting the Stats NZ outputs and priorities. You will provide strategic and commercial advice and support the senior leadership of Stats NZ and undertake primarily ICT procurement, with some corporate and social procurements. 

The role of Senior Procurement Specialist is within the Commercial Arrangements Branch within the Technology, Operations, Commercial & Collections Group (TOCC). TOCC reports directly to the Chief Executive. Commercial Arrangements is responsible for providing Stats NZ with expert commercial advice and procurement practice for the higher value, higher complexity acquisitions. 

As the Senior Procurement Specialist, both your IQ and EQ will be tested as you meet the needs of our Future Census programme and Stats NZ employees across the country. Examples of the work include ingestion tools, internet collection systems and the Census information website, lone worker technology solutions, testing services, mobile applications, and various technology developments and support, etc. You will also support the Transformation, Digital and corporate team where required, and may be asked to acquire shared services for other agencies.  

On the daily you will be responsible for anticipating and managing the legal, reputational and procurement risks associated with procurement activities across the organisation.  As a senior member of the Procurement team, you will mentor and coach junior Procurement Staff ensuring consistent delivery of quality procurement advice and support services across Stats NZ. 

Our busy team needs someone to join us who: 

  • Has strong commercially acumen and prioritises thinking over process
  • Can confidently deliver end to end ICT, corporate and social procurement either by themselves or as part of a team
  • Can prioritise within a rapidly changing work environment
  • Is a confident communicator that brings people with you, verbally and in writing.
  • Able to discuss and translate the finer details of the corporate and ICT needs while maintaining a clear vision of the bigger picture
  • Has a clear vision of how to improve lives through the procurement profession
  • Holds a tertiary (degree-level or higher) qualification in business, commerce or similar
  • Minimum of five (5) years' work experience as a Procurement and Contracts Specialist, with experience in executing ICT and large and complex procurements.
  • Embraces, or has a willingness to learn about, Te Tiriti, Tikanga, Te Reo and Te Ao Māori.

Nōu te rourou | What you bring 

We understand transferable skills can come from experience gained from outside of work. We encourage you to be you in your application. Tell us about yourself in your cover letter, tell us what attracted you to this role, and tell us what you would bring to Tatauranga Aotearoa Stats NZ. 

Ko mātou |About Us 

Tatauranga Aotearoa - Stats NZ is a Central Government employer of people across Aotearoa. We provide data and statistics to support the decisions of Government, Māori and Iwi organisations, businesses, NGOs, and New Zealanders. Our work is About Aotearoa, for Aotearoa - data that improves lives today and for generations to come. 



Job Summary

A profile-raising Procurement Role changing the way Stats NZ contributes to meaningful outcomes, About Aotearoa, for Aotearoa - data that improves lives today and for generations to come.


$118,052 - $158,264 negotiable + superannuation

How to apply

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply 

If this sounds like you, click on the Apply now button to be redirected to the application page on our careers site. The position description is located on the right-hand side of the page. 

We are truly committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and lifting our cultural capability. You don't need to be knowledgeable in all these areas already, but you do need to be on board with learning and have a genuine interest and willingness to grow on this journey with us. 

We will be screening applications as we receive them to move swiftly to interview shortly after the advert closes. You may be asked to complete a pre-interview screen via phone or video. Please let us know in your application if we need to make any specific accommodations during our process. 

Please reach out to recruitment@stats.govt.nz  if you have any questions. 

You must have the right to live and work in Aotearoa New Zealand. Background and various pre-employment checks are part of our recruitment process. 

Note to Recruitment Agencies: unsolicited CVs will not be accepted. 


Central Government

Cause (Sustainable Development Goals)

Reduced Inequalities

Job Description (PDF)