Pou Turuki | Deputy Chief Executive – System Performance & Governance

Pou Turuki | Deputy Chief Executive – System Performance & Governance

  • You will work with the leadership team, Ministers and key stakeholders across government and the transport sector
  • You will be an effective culture and change leader to foster an environment for innovative thinking
  • Excellent Waterfront CBD location in Wellington

Te Manatū Waka, Ministry of Transport (MoT) is the government's principal adviser and system lead on transport. As steward of the transport system, the Ministry works to shape the future of New Zealand’s transport networks through monitoring, modelling, research and intelligence. With approximately 370 staff, MoT’s key responsibilities include development of regulatory settings, legislative advice and Crown agency governance, accountability and performance. 

The System Performance & Governance Group leads the appraisal, assessment, monitoring and evaluation of the health and performance of the transport system, and the key transport government agencies within it. The Group also monitors and provides assurance to Ministers on Vote Transport, and a range of specific government investments in the transport system.

We're proud of our culture here at Te Manatū Waka and this role is pivotal in helping to maintain and build upon this across our Senior Leadership Team and the wider organisation. Our DCE role will suit someone who prioritises culture, investment in their people and working as part of collaborative leadership team.

Ngā whakamārama mō te tūnga | About the role

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Deputy Chief Executive – System Performance & Governance is a key strategic leadership role, responsible for supporting the leadership of the Ministry, and the delivery of the Group’s functions.

With accountability for 8 direct reports and approximately 80 staff, this position requires an excellent people leader with strong credentials across Crown entity monitoring, assurance, financial monitoring and the use of data and analytics to support policy. The successful applicant will need to understand the role the Ministry plays in system leadership and sector stewardship and be highly effective in developing relationships with key stakeholders.

As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, you will contribute to the leadership of the organisation, working closely with your SLT colleagues in an environment of constructive challenge and collective accountability. You will be responsible for a sponsorship role of work that spans the Ministry or the sector, and while the assignments may change over time for this role it is likely to include supporting Auckland Light Rail.

You will be directly responsible for the leadership and management of the System Performance and Governance Group, including the following teams:

  • Analytics & Modelling
  • Research, Economics and Evaluation
  • Finance
  • Governance
  • Programme Assurance and Commercial
  • Emissions Programme Office
  • Auckland Light Rail programme.

You will also directly manage the Chief Economist.

To be successful, you will need to gain the trust and confidence of Ministers, and you will know how to develop strong relationships with Ministers’ offices and Ministry of Transport colleagues. You will also have responsibility for building and supporting engagement and relationships with a number of key stakeholders particularly within the transport Crown entities that we monitor (including at Board and CEO level), and with a range of other government agencies and delivery partners. You will be an ambassador for the Ministry, building the Ministry’s reputation and influence through the strength of your advice and knowledge.

Te wāhi ki a koe | What you will bring

We are looking for an experienced, visible senior leader who thinks strategically, provides empowering people leadership, and is focused outstanding service delivery. You will be an excellent communicator who is an effective culture and change leader. along with having in depth experience of strengthening cross-government and crown entity relationships to ensure the Ministry deliver on the Government’s transport priorities.

You will have the ability to create close relationships internally and externally and work constructively with a range of colleagues. These relationships will be pivotal to the role and contributing to the Ministry’s goals. 

Your authentic, visible, engaged style of people leadership, will foster an environment for innovative thinking and results-focused behaviours. You will have the ability to operate collegially in a senior leadership team, with collective accountability for enhancing organisational and sector performance.

This is a great opportunity for a senior leader to operate at the centre, working with the leadership team, Ministers and key stakeholders across government and the transport sector.

Te wāhi ki a mātou | What we offer

It is an exciting time to join the Ministry as we continue to increase our capability and take a lead in driving the delivery of critical priorities across the transport system.

We pride ourselves on maintaining a work culture for all our employees that is inclusive, collaborative, bold and invested. Our waterfront offices further enhance the Ministry’s working environment. We are flexible by default and can offer work arrangements which embrace a healthy work/life balance.

Interested in discovering more? Please download the attached position description OR for a confidential discussion about the role call Sharyn Forty, EA to Chief Executive on 022 010 3756.

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds, including Māori, Pacific and those with disabilities, who will enrich our understanding of the transport system.

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for this role at Te Manatū Waka.

Please submit your application online including a cover letter and CV by Sunday,9th October 2022.

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Permanent – Full time

Job no: IXAO20910

Location: Wellington

Closing Date: Sunday, 9 October 2022