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122 / 2016
Procurement Manager
National Headquarters Wellington

An exciting opportunity within the NZ Fire Service to utilise your knowledge within a supportive team and make a real difference to the business!

  • Lots of variety
  • A unique industry – with lots of new challenges
  • Great team environment

The New Zealand Fire Service is a technologically advanced, responsive fire service that has around 62,000 callouts per year. There are over 400 stations throughout New Zealand with around 1,780 career and 8,100 volunteer firefighters, and 550 support staff, who dedicate themselves to preventing fires and protecting the community in times of emergency. Our vision is to lead integrated fire and emergency services for a safer New Zealand.


We currently have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Procurement Manager to join our busy team. The Procurement Manager will be required to manage the end to end procurement and contract activities for a specific portfolio of contracts covering a varied range of goods and services related to the activities of the NZ Fire Services.  Procurement activities include development of tender documentation, issue and evaluation of tenders, contract negotiation, and contract management.

Ultimately, the Procurement Manager is responsible for ensuring that procurement activity undertaken is carried out in accordance with NZ Fire Service policy and procedures, the Government rules of sourcing and other regulatory authorities, and in accordance with the organisation’s requirements and budget limitations.


The team is looking for an applicant who is able to demonstrate the following skills and experience :

  • A track record of involvement in Client Advisory Groups with MBIE and/or other groups outside of their employer.
  • Ability to prepare papers to the Commission and Organisational Leadership Team / Senior Leadership Team to recommend the awarding of contracts.
  • Contract negotiation and conclusion
  • Has undertaken regular contract performance monitoring and corrective action for strategic contracts.   
  • Ensuring that contracts have the right performance measures, and educating business owners on how to develop these.
  • Ability to negotiate long term supply contracts to ensure optimum costs, yet focused on reliable supply
  • Can gather and collate supply data and market intelligence to ensure that appropriate procurement decisions are made.
  • Is adept at building collaborative working relationships with a wide range of people and organisations.  A team player.
  • Has exceptional time management skills.

So if you’re looking for chance to put your diverse skill set to use in an organisation dedicated to helping our communities, then we’ll provide you with a unique opportunity to utilise your knowledge within a supportive team.


If this sounds like you, please apply now.


How to apply

Send completed application form along with supporting documents to Robyn Fountain at

121 / 2016
Team Leader Spatial Intelligence
Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS)
National Headquarters, Wellington  

The New Zealand Fire Service is a technologically advanced, responsive fire service that has around 62,000 callouts per year. There are over 400 stations throughout New Zealand with around 1,780 career and 8,100 volunteer firefighters, and 550 support staff, who dedicate themselves to preventing fires and protecting the community in times of emergency. Our vision is to lead integrated fire and emergency services for a safer New Zealand.


We have an exciting opportunity for a Team Leader to lead a small high performing team of spatial intelligence analysts providing a range of analysis, modelling, GIS and data administration services to the New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS).   This vacancy sits within the Data & Spatial Intelligence group within Information Communication & Technology Services (ICTS) dedicated to provide world class ICT services to the NZFS.


In this unique role you will be responsible for developing, managing and maintaining national spatial applications and databases along with a focused delivery of operational data and standard operating procedures for the NZFS Communication Centres. The role offers a variety of business-as-usual and project work in a friendly and fast paced team environment.


You will be also tasked with providing services and support to the wider Data and Spatial Intelligence (DSI) services unit, ICTS and NZFS Business and Operations in the delivery of services to the NZ Fire Service. It goes without saying that you will be flexible, resilient ready to thrive on new challenges as this is a busy and challenging role in the Emergency Services environment and the work is of a critical nature.  


To be successful in this role you need to be able to demonstrate effective leadership along with a strong experience in the development and support of the ESRI enterprise software environment, spatial intelligence, data management and warehousing. You will also bring your customer – focussed approach and exceptional interpersonal skills and in return we will offer you excellent training and development opportunities.


You will also have:

  • experience in providing analytical, modelling, intelligence and spatial data services
  • an understanding of service oriented architecture
  • a degree in Geospatial, GIS or an IT related field
  • experience in the emergency service sector is desirable

How to apply

If you think this role is for you then we would love to hear from you.

Please send your application to Angela Gris


Applications will close 9.00am, Monday 12 September 2016  


119 / 2016
Volunteer Support  Officer – Wellington / Area 16

  • Be part of a great team
  • Make a difference supporting our volunteers

A vacancy has become available within the Wellington Area Team. Based in Wellington and reporting to the Area Manager, you will be responsible for supporting the Wellington Area with:

  • providing operational and  administrative support including monitoring operational readiness
  • supporting fire risk management initiatives and  recruitment activities
  • assisting with business planning
  • driving a “service culture” ethos
  • assisting with the role out of NZFS initiatives and projects and equipment
  • Coordinating repair and maintenance  of equipment
  • ensuring health and safety is paramount

Suitable candidates must have:

  • sound interpersonal and relationship building  skills
  • competent in the use of MS Office and other IT systems
  • effective communicate both written and oral
  • some knowledge or exposure to financial management; budgeting and/or business planning 
  • Drivers licence essential - Heavy vehicle duty licence a bonus

We will provide you with a supportive environment in which you will be working in partnership with communities to provide superior management of the fire risk to help them protect what they value.

If you’re passionate about the role volunteer brigades and fire-fighters play in their communities, then we will provide you with a unique opportunity to utilise your knowledge and skills in a supportive environment.

How to apply

If this sounds like you or if you would like more information about this role please email.


For further enquires please contact


Applications close 5 September 2016.


Operations Manager
Wellington Rural Fire Authority

Permanent full time or secondment opportunity


We are seeking a capable person to join the Wellington Rural Fire Authority in the role of Operations Manager and Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer. Reporting to the Principal Rural Fire Officer the successful candidate will work out of the office of the Wellington Rural Fire Authority, delivering operational services within the enlarged rural fire district.

You will be responsible for the co-ordination of programmes for equipment, health and safety, Volunteer Rural Fire forces, training and fire investigation along with supporting the PRFO and Community and Education Coordinator for other programmes. 

The successful applicant will be experienced working in a small team in a high level co-ordination and operational role (within the fire industry).  You will be experienced in Health and Safety systems and management, capable of undertaking fire management roles at a senior level and hold (or be capable of obtaining in the first three  months of employment) the relevant NZQA Unit standards to fulfil the position of a Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer.  You will also be familiar with the operational functions of a Rural Fire Authority and have a broad understanding of Forest and Rural Fire legislation.

The ideal person for this role will also display capability in the following competencies: leadership, teamwork, planning and project management, problem-solving, relationship management and communication skills.

Rachael Thorp
Principal Rural Fire Officer
04 237 9613


Application Form and role description available from Wellington Rural Fire Authority


Applications close: Friday, 9 September 2016


Senior Database Specialist
ICT, Technology and Support Services

The New Zealand Fire Service is a large organisation spread geographically throughout NZ, comprising of five different regions with over 400 stations and 10,000 firefighters spread throughout the country.

A 6 month fixed term opportunity exists for a Senior Database Specialist within the ICT team to assist with capacity needs based at National Headquarters.

The purpose of the Senior Database Specialist position is to improve the quality of the production facilities and operational services by providing high quality system management and technical expertise and advice.


Key requirements

  • Contribute to the evaluation and implementation of new systems
  • Provide Database Administration (DBA) support for Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle database servers
  • Build and maintain relationships with external vendors and internal stakeholders
  • Progress infrastructure projects
  • Ensure that the systems are available, stable, reliable, and perform to optimum levels
  • Be proficient with Microsoft technologies

You will contribute to the ICT Unit and work co-operatively to progress and achieve the goals and objectives stated in the New Zealand Fire Service 20/20 vision.


This will include providing pro-active and responsive technical advice and expertise, gathering, extracting and analysing relevant information, developing options, recommending actions and challenging existing practices.

This position does require some work outside normal business hours. 

How to apply

Send your completed application to:

Angela Gris


Applications close: 9.00am, Monday 29 August 2016


Team Leader - Fixed term
Milford Sound Emergency Response
Southern Rural Fire – Southland / Te Anau

Are you a trained medical professional who wants a summer job in arguably the most picturesque office in the world? Then we may have the dream role for you……


The Milford Sound Emergency Response team is looking for a team leader for the 2016 summer season when the visitor numbers to Milford can reach 4000 per day.


Our ideal candidate will be a skilled medical professional holding a minimum of 3 years’ experience and pre hospital emergency care certification.


The role involves leading and training the team of dedicated emergency response members, who provide medical first aid both within the Milford village and the wider response area. Due to the remoteness of the location and the type of work involved the successful applicant will work on a roster and be on-call ready to respond to emergencies as they arise. These emergencies could be anything from a sprained ankle to a search and rescue mission so our ideal applicant will be versatile, a skilled coordinator, able to think on their feet, resilient, physically fit and thrive working in collaboration with others.


The role will be a fixed term from November 2016 to April 2017. Accommodation and a
competitive remuneration package will be supplied.


If this sounds like the development opportunity you have been waiting for don’t delay.


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Applications close Wednesday, 31 August 2016.