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The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is partnering with Absolute IT, a specialist ICT recruitment agency, to find talented IT professionals for a range of new and innovative roles in NZDF’s Communication and Information Systems (CIS) Branch. Here, you can find out more about working for NZDF, what it’s like to work for CIS Branch, and how to apply.

ABOUT CIS BRANCH

This recruitment campaign, for the Communication and Information Systems (CIS) Branch within NZDF, encompasses three key areas: Service Management and Operations, Enterprise Products and Systems, and Service Portfolios.

NZDF’s 2025 strategic vision is to be an “Integrated Defence Force”, and CIS Branch will play a pivotal role in this.

From $600m warships brimming with complex weapon systems, to the fastest communication infrastructures in the country, you get to experience technology that you simply would not be exposed to in daily life.

If you are an IT professional looking for your next opportunity to work in an Agile Dev/Ops delivery environment, where you can put your experience to work and hone your skills in an organisation that invests in its people – and you are excited about being part of a digital transformation that has the potential to positively impact all New Zealanders – we’d love to hear from you.

ABOUT NZDF

The Defence Force protects New Zealand’s interests at sea, safeguards peace and stability within our neighbouring regions and further afield, and helps others in times of need with agile air operations across the world.

While the Navy, Army and Air Force may be more familiar to you, civilian personnel are also an important part of the Defence Force team. Civilian roles are non-military roles within the NZDF. They span various departments including the Communication and Information Systems (CIS) Branch, where these roles are based.

THE ROLES

NZDF is embarking on a period of significant and exciting digital transformation. This presents a unique opportunity for IT professionals to join an organisation where they will be exposed to interesting technology and complex challenges.

Whether you are looking for an employer where you can feel a strong sense of belonging and clear alignment with your values, or the chance to grow professionally through training and opportunities to work on important projects – at NZDF, you will be part of an inclusive ‘family’ of people who are genuinely passionate about what they do.

The roles that we are recruiting for will primarily be located in Petone, Wellington, however a number of positions are located in Auckland at Whenuapai or Devonport, and several roles may also be located in Burnham, Linton, Ohakea and Waiouru.

WHAT IS IT LIKE WORKING FOR NZDF?

NZDF is committed to helping you enjoy a varied and rewarding career. Much of this job satisfaction will come from the work you do, the people you work with, and knowing you work for an organisation that benefits all New Zealanders.

Work-life balance is not only supported, it is encouraged – achieving balance between your career and your personal life is very important. At NZDF, you will find a tight-knit community of co-workers who bring diversity of thought, perspective and experience to the workplace each day.

There are broad career pathways, where you could progress within functions across the wide span of NZDF. The ‘way we work’ at NZDF is flexible in terms of the how, especially when the focus is the ‘why’ – achieving their strategic vision.

NZDF is an inclusive organisation that is open to flexible working arrangements. They are committed to nurturing an inclusive culture, and welcome applications from people regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age, beliefs/opinions, or family circumstances.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

There are a broad range of great benefits on offer. The variety and exposure to new things is unlike any other organisation. In addition to joining a great community, you will also receive:

  • 5 weeks’ annual leave and 10 days’ sick leave per year
  • Fully funded life insurance (up to $300,000), plus income protection and discounted health insurance
  • 4% employer contribution and options to join NZDF’s KiwiSaver scheme
  • Training and development at every stage of your career
  • Access to a variety of sports and cultural groups
  • Access to a wide variety of holiday homes and leave centres at excellent rates
  • Comprehensive discount handbook for members and their immediate family
  • Access to a financial advisory service, including mortgages and wills

The maintenance of a security clearance, required for this role, will open up a wide range of employment opportunities, both within the Defence Force and New Zealand’s wider national security workforce.

Click here to read more about Force 4 Families and the Force Financial Hub, which include information on other great benefits for you and your family.