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

IT Security manager

Halo Consulting have exclusively partnered with the NZ Super Fund on their newly created position of Information Technology Security Manager.

The New Zealand Government uses the Fund to save now in order to help pay for the future cost of providing universal superannuation; this $42 billion dollar Fund helps smooth the cost of superannuation between today's taxpayers and future generations.

The Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation (‘the Guardians’) is the Crown entity charged with managing and administering the Fund. It operates by investing initial Government contributions – and returns generated from these investments – in New Zealand and internationally, in order to grow the size of the Fund over the long-term.

They are proud of their culture, one of high performance, intelligence and collaboration; a team of great minds that respect each other and are passionate about their work. The Guardians has been working with a top consultancy to ensure that the country’s Fund is safeguarded and protected from security risks. As this is a top priority for the Guardians and the Board, they have created a new role to consult to the business as a trusted advisor, to design strategies and drive outcomes.

We are seeking a highly skilled professional, with extensive experience developing and implementing organisational security plans to meet business needs, compliance and regulatory requirements. This position requires an individual who has the pragmatic and commercial capability to truly understand the NZ Super Fund as an organisation and its main risks in order to design the necessary strategies and technical environment.

As a trusted Advisor, you will work closely with the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Guardians’ leadership and wider staff, outsourced providers who store or manage Guardians’ information, the intelligence community, and relevant industry stakeholders. You’ll ensure the ongoing assessment of risks related to information security, control effectiveness, including providing expert advice on threats, vulnerabilities, inherent and residual security risks across the organisation, and recommending remedial actions and controls.

Reviewing the appropriateness of tools and technologies, you will have input into the identification of the most suitable new technologies and the configuration of the existing technical environment to relevant certification standards.

You’ll utilise your strong technical understanding of cybersecurity, as demonstrated by a security certification at CISSP, CISM level or equivalent to consult, educate and advise the business, creating robust policies, measures, frameworks and reporting.

*A full Job Description will be supplied during the application process.


Requirements to apply

  • Minimum of 5+ years of experience in a cybersecurity management role.
  • A tertiary qualification in computer science, information systems, computer engineering, system analysis, or a related field, or equivalent work experience.
  • An understanding of the New Zealand Government compliance requirements, including the New Zealand Information Security Manual (NZISM), Protective Security Requirements (PSR), and the Government Chief Digital Officer (GCDO) risk management methodologies.
  • CISSP or CISM Certification
  • An understanding of security and IT frameworks and their application, including ISO 2700x, NIST, Cloud Security Alliance CSM, and CobIT.
  • An understanding of risk management frameworks, including ISO 31000.
  • Experience assessing third party assurance including reviewing SOC/ISAE reports.
  • Experience of managing third party suppliers to deliver security solutions
  • Experience of working with internal and external audit functions
  • Practical experience applying common security tools and technologies.
  • Ability to exercise balanced judgment, prioritise and take action.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with keen attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to present ideas using business- friendly and user-friendly language.
  • Self-motivated and directed.
  • Able to contribute to a team-oriented, collaborative environment.

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 encourage expressions of interest from a diverse applicant pool, including applicants interested in discussing flexible work options. Further information about the NZ Super Fund is available on www.nzsuperfund.nz

To find out further details about this rare opportunity with NZ Super Fund, phone Katherine Barber on +6421 771 671, your interest will be treated in the strictest of confidence. 
  
NB: Applications are open until sunday the 28th of July however submissions will be reviewed during this period. We review all CV's manually and you will only be contacted if your skills and experience meet the requirements of our client.

 

Project Coordinator, Business Solutions Group

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, 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 2-6 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.  

2 x Project Managers, Business Solutions Group

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 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. It’s an exciting time to join, and there is an interesting variety of project work in the pipeline. You will have the opportunity to lead on significant technology change projects, and support with wider projects across the fund.

What you need to be successful:

Essential

  • Minimum 2 years’ Project Management experience
  • Full SDLC understanding
  • Flexible team player
  • Ability to work independently and on multiple projects at one time
  • A sound understanding of how people go through a change and the change process.
  • Proven ability to work to deadlines
  • Collegial, constructive approach, including the ability to foster both internal and external relationships

Desirable

  • Experience in financial services or investment management is desirable.
  • Experience in delivery using AGILE methodologies is desirable.
  • PRINCE2 or PMP qualification is desirable

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.

To be considered please contact Marty Fourie, Head of HR Talent on 021 624 509 or [email protected] If you require any additional support to make an application please contact Marty directly on the details above. 

Senior Economist, Economics

Senior Economist opportunity with the internationally renowned and awarded NZ Superannuation Fund

 

  • ~$42 Billion in total assets
  •  Long-term  investment horizon 
  • Asset  Allocation, Investments business unit

 

The NZ Superannuation Fund is New Zealand's sovereign wealth fund established to partially pre-fund the future cost of New Zealand superannuation. The Fund is currently ~$42 Billion, invested across a wide range of asset classes and geographies. The NZ Superannuation Fund has won global accolades for its financial performance, governance and transparency, as well as 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 Economics team, along with its counterparts, Portfolio Design and Strategic Tilting, forms the Guardians Asset Allocation function, which sits within the broader Investments business unit. The role of the Economics team is to add value by ensuring global economic trends and risks are appropriately factored into the Guardians’ investment and asset allocation decisions.


Your key tasks include:

  • Develop and maintain the tools required to understand the Fund’s economic risk exposures, and ensure these tools feed into the Guardians’ investment and asset allocation decisions
  • Monitor global economic trends and risks and advise on portfolio implications
  • Produce economic assumptions for use in all investment activities, including strategic tilting
  • Provide prompt, high quality responses to the execution teams in reviewing specific opportunities
  • Develop and maintain models and databases required for macroeconomic strategy initiatives

 

Your profile:

This position requires an individual experienced in economic analysis, with a comprehensive understanding of global macroeconomic concepts and data. Experience within an asset allocation or portfolio management capacity is advantageous. You will demonstrate a proven research and analytical skill set, with the commercial judgement and strategic perspective to make informed recommendations in line with the Guardians' mandate. You will display the courage to influence, push back and challenge current views and assumptions.  


With a reputation for excellence, the Guardians attribute the Fund’s success to the calibre of their staff, their commitment to diversity both in thought and background, and a commitment to global best practice. 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're looking for that one off, stand out opportunity to work within a world class team, here it is. For a confidential conversation please contact Daniel Turner, Principal Consultant, on 021 193 0369, or apply on the link below.