Careers

The Guardians employs around 130 staff, many of whom are New Zealanders who have returned from overseas. We place a high priority on attracting the best candidates, retaining our top talent and building the capability of our team. We aim to be a good employer and are committed to offering equal employment opportunities to prospective and existing staff. Workplace flexibility, investing in professional development and offering staff career-progressing opportunities are central to our employment offering.

If you are eligible to work in New Zealand and are interested in a career opportunity with the Guardians, please see below for details of roles we are currently recruiting for. Please note that all recruitment is undertaken via specialist search.

 

CURRENT VACANCIES

Investment Operations Analyst

An opportunity has come up for an Analyst within the Investment Operations team that is responsible for the effective administration of the Guardians' portfolio through controls and oversight across the portfolio as well as trade support and lifecycle management.
  
The primary activities in your role will include:
- Providing trade support to ensure accurate capture of new trading activity
- Trade lifecycle management, including; corporate actions, resets, novations, upscales/downscales, terminations, credit events, etc
- Performing controls and checks to ensure internal tools and portfolioreporting are accurate
- Investigating and resolving reconciliation breaks (position, transaction, valuation)
- Liaising with service providers (global custodian, OMS provider, external investment managers and counterparties)
  
Who are we looking for?
To be successful you must:
- Have a strong ability to build relationships
- Have strong commercial acumen
- Be a motivated team player with good communication skills
- Demonstrate problem solving ability
- Have strong attention to detail and time management
- Be willing to actively contribute to our collegial, constructive culture
 
Preferred experience could include:
- Experienced in Financial Markets (Sell side experience an advantage)
- Experienced in post trade life cycle management and trade support
- Experienced in reconciliations, investigation and resolution
- Working knowledge and understanding of traded instruments (securities, cash/money market or derivatives)
- Process improvement
- Understanding of system flows/upstream downstream processes
- Experience as working within a project team

What’s in it for you?
- An opportunity to be a part of a high performing team, working alongside best in class colleagues in the internationally renowned and awarded Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation Fund
- A commitment to your professional development through on the job opportunities, exposure and accredited training
- A chance to play an integral part in the prosperity of New Zealanders

The Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its hiring practices. To build a strong and diverse workforce, the Guardians activity seek to build an inclusive workplace and strongly encourages expressions of interest from a diverse applicant pool. Please contact Daniel Turner on 021193 0369 for a confidential discussion.

Senior Advisor, Internal Audit

The purpose of the Internal Audit function is to provide independent and objective assurance to the Guardians through a proactive, systematic and disciplined approach to evaluating and improving the effectiveness of governance, risk management and internal control. The role is not purely a traditional internal audit role, it contributes to a broader remit across risk management.

Internal Audit works closely with the Audit Committee of the Board, the Risk Committee, and the Leadership Team and undertakes reviews across all areas of the organisation. Internal Audit holds relationships externally with the external auditors, consulting firms, and other potential co-source partners.

Your core responsibilities will include:

  • Enhancing the achievement of business objectives, especially the accuracy, adequacy, integrity, quality and effectiveness of business risk management and control systems.
  • Proactively identifying areas of risk which could adversely impact on the success of the Guardians' business.
  • Coordinating with external service providers and external auditors.
  • Providing consultative opinions on projects and initiatives from an audit/risk perspective.
  • Supporting the development of best practice risk management and ongoing improvements to the risk management framework.
  • Working collaboratively with other internal risk functions to support the achievement of overall business objectives e.g. Portfolio Risk, Enterprise Risk, Legal.

Your background

Due to the range of responsibilities in the role we are interested to speak with CA qualified (or equivalent) candidates from a variety of backgrounds including:

  • Big 4 qualified audit candidates at Manager level,
  • Line 2 or 3 internal audit/risk/compliance professionals within the banking sector looking for a broader role,
  • All-round risk/compliance specialists from the funds management sector.

Underpinning your technical rigour, you will demonstrate exceptional relationship building skills, confidence liaising at executive level, a proclivity for learning with an adaptable mindset, a critical approach to evaluating information, and the ability to consider the wider effects of risk management across the business,

We are also interested to speak with experienced candidates who may be looking for part time or school term hours as this role could be structured to meet this requirement.

Life at NZ Super Fund

Underpinning the culture at the Guardians is a focus on achieving successful outcomes over the long term. It's an enjoyable place to work: genuinely driven by its core values, with a focus on maintaining an appropriate balance between the demands of career and life.

The team environment at NZ Super is collegial and will support you to take autonomy within your role. You will be encouraged to stretch your capability and seek opportunities for your professional development and personal growth.

Register your interest

This position offers broad exposure to internal audit and risk management for one of New Zealand's most prominent and successful funds. Not only will you be making a difference and contributing to New Zealand's future prosperity, but due to the ability to forestall potential risks, this is a genuinely unique and exciting opportunity for those who understand the true value of an active approach to audit and risk management

The Guardians is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its hiring practices. To build a strong and talented workforce, the Guardians is actively building an inclusive workplace and encourages expressions of interest from a diverse applicant pool, including applicants interested in discussing flexible work options. Further information about the Guardians and NZ Super Fund is available on www.nzsuperfund.nz.

Please forward your CV AND DETAILS TO [email protected]For more information call Jenny Parker, Partner at Convergence Partners Limited, on +64 9 300 6798.

Enterprise Risk Manager

Due to the ongoing evolution of the risk management landscape, in addition to the growth of the Fund and the increased diversity of internal and external investment mandates, we are now recruiting for a newly created Enterprise Risk Manager role.

Reporting to the Head of Risk, this role will have management of 3 Analyst. This role will work in a collegial team, actively contributing to raising the overall profile of Risk across the Fund whilst working collaboratively with key business  stakeholders. This role also has oversight of Operational Due Diligence for the Fund – which assesses the risks associated with and operational viability of external investment partners to the Fund.

Of particular focus for this role will be working with a range of business areas to further develop and implement risk metrics and indicators, in addition to providing best in class risk reporting to the Board and management committees.

Your core responsibilities will include:

  • Lead, coach, support, develop and manage a team of 3 Analysts.
  • Provide enterprise risk reporting to the Risk Committee and Board.
  • Provide leadership on risk related projects.
  • Design, develop, manage, communicate and facilitate risk management and mitigation across the Fund.
  • Champion a risk awareness culture across the organisation.
  • Oversee Operational Due Diligence as required by the Investment teams and new investment implementation process, for both transactional and ongoing monitoring.
  • Build and maintain a best practice function including via benchmarking with peer organisations.

Your background

You will be an Enterprise Risk Manager OR Risk Advisory professional and possess the following:

  • Substantial experience within a complex organisation with a well-developed risk management culture and framework such as a bank, fund manager, insurer, consulting practice, utilities or telecommunications provider.
  • Strong operational understanding of risk management
  • Demonstrated people leadership and development experience
  • Exceptional communication skills with proven ability to communicate at Board level
  • Collegial approach to building relationships across the business
  • Pragmatic approach to problem solving
  • Natural leaning towards continuous learning

Life at NZ Super Fund

Underpinning the culture at the Guardians is a focus on achieving successful outcomes over the long term. It's an enjoyable place to work: genuinely driven by its core values, with a focus on maintaining an appropriate balance between the demands  of career and life.

The team environment at NZ Super is collegial and will support you to take autonomy within your role. You will be encouraged to stretch your capability and seek opportunities for your professional development and personal growth.

Register your interest

The Guardians is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its hiring practices. To build a strong and talented workforce, the Guardians is actively building an inclusive workplace and encourages expressions of interest from a diverse applicant pool, including applicants interested in discussing flexible work options. Further information about the Guardians and NZ Super Fund is available on www.nzsuperfund.nz.

Please forward your cv AND details in strict confidence TO [email protected]For more information call Jenny Parker, Partner at Convergence Partners Limited, on +64 9 300 6798.

Project Coordinator

Why you want this role:

  • The Guardians of NZ Superannuation (NZ Super Fund) positively impacts the livelihood of all Kiwi's at some stage in their life
  • Excellent team culture
  • Strong focus on professional development
  • Great office location (Auckland CBD)
  • Generous remuneration package and benefits

The Guardians of NZ Superannuation:

The NZ Super Fund has a very important responsibility to the New Zealand public. Created in 2001, the now $40 Billion (approx.) Fund is a way for New Zealand to save now in order to make future superannuation costs more affordable. Te Kaitiaki Tahua Penihana Kaumatua o Aotearoa.

The role:

This role sits in the organisations Business Solutions Group. The team is made up of Project Managers, BA’s and Testers. The Business Solutions Group team helps to support all project delivery within the organisation, either delivering themselves directly on behalf of the IT department or providing project support and governance to the wider organisation.

As the team and Fund are growing, this role has been created as part of that growth. Its an exciting time to join, and there is an interesting variety of project work in the pipeline. You will have the opportunity to not only help deliver significant technology change projects, but also start to deliver some smaller initiatives end-to-end yourself.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in pursuing a Project Management career as you will learn under the guidance of career Project Managers, while co-ordinating on their behalf. You also be supported by the organisation to continue to pursue your own personal career goals in a highly inclusive environment that delivers real value to our society.


What you need to be successful:

  • 2+ years in a Project Co-ordination role or similar
  • Excellent attention to detail and time management skills
  • Experience tracking and reporting on projects
  • Adaptability and a willingness to learn
  • Confidence dealing with external vendors, contractors and team members
  • An organised approach to managing multiple workstreams
  • Proficient with Project Management tools or similar Office products (MS Project, Excel, JIRA, PowerPoint etc)

 

The Guardians is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its hiring practices. Reasonable support will be provided to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. To build a strong and talented workforce, the Guardians is actively building an inclusive workplace and encourages expressions of interest from a diverse applicant pool, including applicants interested in discussing flexible work options. Further information about the Guardians and NZ Super Fund is available on www.nzsuperfund.nz.

We are partnered with Potentia to recruit this position, to be considered please contact Carl McWilliams on 021 034 2680 or [email protected] If you require any additional support to make an application please contact Carl McWilliams.

Analyst - External Investments & Partnerships

  • Suited to Analysts with 3-6 years experience.
  • Critically appraise investments across a wide range of asset classes.
  • Support the selection and monitoring of ‘best in class’ investment managers.

The New Zealand Superannuation Fund is New Zealand's sovereign wealth fund, established to partially pre-fund the future cost of New Zealand superannuation. The NZ Super Fund has won global accolades for its governance and transparency, as well being recognised as one of the most innovative sovereign wealth funds globally. The Fund is managed by a Crown Entity, the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation (Guardians).
 

The opportunity
The External Investments and Partnerships team forms part of the Guardians' broader Investments business unit and is responsible for effective management of a portfolio of investments with external investment managers, as well as finding innovative ways to access attractive investment opportunities.

Current external mandates include systematic factor-based equities, distressed credit, merger arbitrage, infrastructure, renewable energy, catastrophe reinsurance, NZ expansion capital, NZ and emerging markets active equities, life settlements, global macro, shale energy, and several others.

As the Analyst, External Investments & Partnerships, you will contribute to the analysis and ongoing assessment of the risk/return characteristics of existing and prospective investments across a wide range of asset classes. You will also contribute to the selection of external investment managers and ongoing management of these relationships. The EIP team is also responsible for managing the Guardians’ network of peer relationships, and analysts can expect to work with the Head of EIP in contributing to the development and maintenance of strategies in this space.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Analysing the relative attractiveness of a diverse range of asset classes and investment strategies.
  • Maintaining an up-to-date view of market events and pricing in specific asset classes.
  • Building and maintaining key investment analysis frameworks, models and tools.
  • Supporting the appraisal and selection of 'best in class' managers.
  • Monitoring the Fund's portfolio of external mandates.


Your background
The ideal candidate will bring circa 3-6 years' experience of investment analysis and/or investment strategy gained within asset management.

This position requires critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, creative problem solving, and an abundance of drive and initiative! You will be detail-oriented while also able to apply a macro perspective to investment analysis.

This is a unique opportunity for exposure to a fascinating array of asset classes and to some of the world's most renowned investment managers. It is imperative that you enjoy developing external relationships, and can interact credibly and comfortably with senior stakeholders whilst maintaining an ability to think critically.


Life at NZ Super Fund
Underpinning the NZ Super Fund culture is a focus on achieving successful outcomes over the long term. It's an enjoyable place to work: genuinely driven by its core values, with a focus on maintaining an appropriate balance between the demands of career and life.

The team environment at the NZ Super Fund is collegial and will support you to take autonomy within your role. You will be encouraged to stretch your capability and seek opportunities for your professional development and personal growth.
 

Register your interest
The technical challenge of analysing a range of asset classes, exposure to renowned global investors, combined with the chance to contribute to New Zealand's future prosperity, makes this is a genuinely unique and exciting opportunity for those with a passion for investments and asset management.

Please forward your cover letter and resume in strict confidence to [email protected]. For more information please call Dave Rees, Partner at Convergence Partners Limited, on +64 9 300 6875.
 

Equal opportunities
The Guardians is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its hiring practices. Reasonable support will be provided to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. To build a strong and talented workforce, the Guardians is actively building an inclusive workplace and encourages expressions of interest from a diverse applicant pool, including applicants interested in discussing flexible work options. If you require any additional support to make an application, please contact Dave Rees on the details provided.  

Analyst, Direct Investments

  • Join NZ Super Fund's global Direct Investments Team
  • Invest in unlisted projects and companies
  • Requires financial modelling and valuation experience

The NZ Superannuation Fund is New Zealand's sovereign wealth fund, established to partially pre-fund the future cost of New Zealand superannuation. The NZ Superannuation Fund has won global accolades for its financial performance, governance and transparency, as well being recognised as one of the most innovative sovereign wealth funds globally. The Fund is managed by a Crown Entity, the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation (Guardians).
 

The opportunity
The Direct Investments team invests in unlisted projects and companies based on a top down overlay of macro themes and alignment with the Guardians’ sources of competitive advantages that include a long investment horizon, known liquidity profile and sovereign wealth fund status.

The team’s current portfolio includes investments in timber, infrastructure, healthcare, real estate, energy and technology. The Fund has holdings in several New Zealand businesses including Datacom, Kaingaroa Forest, Fidelity Life and Kiwibank, as well as offshore interests in innovative companies such as, LanzaTech, Rubicon Global and View dynamic glass.

The team is responsible for the origination of new transactions, managing and governing investments, including follow on funding rounds to support growth and exits via IPO or trade sale.

As an Analyst in the Direct Investments team you will contribute to the appraisal of prospective investment opportunities and support the management of the Guardians’ portfolio of existing direct investments.

Key responsibilities:

  • Assist with the management of the existing Direct Investments portfolio.
  • Assist in the origination, assessment and execution of new investment opportunities and initiatives.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with investment intermediaries, peers and co-investment partners.


Your background
You will bring approximately 2-4 years’ experience encompassing financial analysis, asset valuation, and financial modelling, preferably gained within corporate finance, investment banking, private equity, or corporate development. A deep interest in investment management is essential and it is anticipated that the ideal candidate will be appropriately qualified, with strong academic qualifications in economics, finance, law or related fields, or have commensurate experience.

In addition to strong analytical capability, this position requires critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, creative problem solving, and an abundance of drive and initiative. You will be comfortable operating in the detail whilst also able to apply a macro perspective to investment analysis.

This is a unique opportunity to build an ongoing value adding partnership with investees and gain exposure to significant private equity transactions. It is imperative that you enjoy developing external relationships, and interact credibly and comfortably with senior stakeholders whilst maintaining an ability to think critically.
 

Life at New Zealand Superannuation Fund
Underpinning NZSF’s culture is a focus on achieving successful outcomes over the long term. It’s an enjoyable place to work: genuinely driven by its core values, with a focus on maintaining an appropriate balance between the demands of career and life.

The team environment at NZSF is collegial and supportive. You will be encouraged to take autonomy within your role, stretch your capability and seek opportunities for your professional development and personal growth.
 

Register your interest
The exposure to significant transactions, input into investees’ operational performance, plus the chance to contribute to New Zealand’s future prosperity, makes this is a genuinely unique and exciting opportunity for those with a passion for investments and asset management.

Please forward your cover letter and resume in strict confidence to [email protected]. For more information please call Dave Rees, Partner at Convergence Partners Limited, on +64 9 300 6875.
 

Equal opportunities
The Guardians is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its hiring practices. Reasonable support will be provided to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. To build a strong and talented workforce, the Guardians is actively building an inclusive workplace and encourages expressions of interest from a diverse applicant pool, including applicants interested in discussing flexible work options. If you require any additional support to make an application, please contact Dave Rees on the details provided.

Further information about the Guardians and NZ Super Fund is available on www.nzsuperfund.co.nz.