Careers

The Guardians employs around 160 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

Analyst, Direct Investments

 

  • Join NZ Super Fund’s global Direct Investments Team

  • Invest in unlisted projects and companies

  • Requires financial modelling and valuation skills

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.

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 via email [email protected]

Cloud Engineer, Cloud Operations

A fantastic opportunity to work in a high performing organisation.

The NZ Super Fund is recognized as one of the most innovative sovereign wealth funds globally.  Managed by a Crown Entity, the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation (Guardians) has a culture that is truly collaborative and supportive.  The success comes through the careful selection of people who are highly capable and passionate about our mission. 

The Information Technology teams are made up of highly skilled individuals who work together to create a platform that supports the innovative culture of the organisation.

We are looking for a Cloud Engineer with experience in working in a Microsoft Azure or AWS cloud environment to join our team.  In this role you will monitor the billing and licensing for the cloud services and manage Role Based Access Controls for cloud subscriptions.  Working closely with the technology partner, this role will manage and maintain the development environment and perform security updates and patching.

The core responsibilities include :

  • Act as the key point of contact for IaaS, PaaS and SaaS services in Microsoft Azure.
  • Provision, manage, monitor and decommission servers and services in Microsoft Azure.
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of cloud services and security strategies..
  • Ensure best practice is followed around security and identity management.
  • Work closely with the Applications Development team and our chosen technology partners to deliver projects and new solutions.

Experience in the following skills would be essential to this role :

  • Strong scripting skillset in Powershell or JSON.
  • Understanding of cloud security best practice.
  • Experience with templates and other configurable items to enable automation.
  • Familiarity with deployment techniques (and tools) in a distributed environment.
  • Basic monitoring techniques in a dynamic environment.

This is an excellent opportunity to join an organisation that makes a difference to all New Zealanders. We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits.

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 more about this opportunity email Sabrina Freitas at [email protected]

Manager Applications Development

  • A great opportunity to step into a formal leadership role and continue to grow
  • Work on impactful products that ultimately serve the community
  • Supportive environment with a continuous improvement culture
  • Excellent salary + benefits package | CBD location

 

Company profile:

The NZ Super Fund is an important institution for all New Zealanders, so there is an accompanying expectation of outstanding service. The NZ Super Fund has won global accolades for being recognised as one of the most innovative sovereign wealth funds globally.  They focus on high calibre professionals who care about their work, and in exchange provide a dynamic and forward-thinking environment for their staff to grow professionally.  Known as one of the best places to work in the wider New Zealand market, this organisation has a truly collaborative culture, celebrates diversity and this ethos is driven from all levels of the organisation.

 

The opportunity:

This year, a new structure was introduced to the Application Development team to support scalability, while upholding the quality bar. The Head of Application Development is looking to appoint three new Manager roles into this environment to manage the three separate Development teams. These three teams work closely together on a shared backlog, in well-planned sprint cycles.

Each Manager role will remain ⅔ hands on, and ⅓ focused on people management / leadership. To be successful in the ⅔ component of your role, your hands-on technical experience must be in either Full-Stack Development, Test Engineering or Technical Business Analysis.

This is a great opportunity to develop your leadership toolkit in a supportive environment. You will be given all the right resources, accountability and mentorship to continue to grow as a people leader. At the same time, this role will give you the opportunity to help to solve business and technical problems, keeping yourself engaged and technically up-to-date. You will be delivering cloud native software solutions that empower investment decision making at a scale unrivalled in the New Zealand market.

 

Application Environment:

  • Database: T-SQL, SSIS (ideal but not essential)
  • Back-end: C#, .NET (.NET Core ideally)
  • Front-end: ReactJS (If you are more familiar with other modern JS frameworks, that’s ok!)

 

Test Environment:

  • The unit testing approach is being taken
  • Modern manual and automated testing frameworks are being used, including: Selenium, Postman and Specflow

 

Your fit: 

  • You will be a leader, either through your natural ability or experience to date
  • This role will suit self-starters, who have the instinct and accountability to drive outcomes to deadlines
  • You will have the courage to point out and learn from failures
  • We are looking for leaders who show a high level of emotional intelligence and care for others
  • You will have a current Senior Dev, Senior QA or Senior BA skillset that relates to the technical environment detailed above
  • Capital Markets domain knowledge is a huge advantage

 

If you are looking to take the next step into formal leadership or have discovered you enjoy the balance of leadership and hands-on delivery, then this role will be a great fit for you. You will be working in an impactful domain with an organisation that is anchored in purpose.

The Guardians, the Crown Entity charged with managing the NZ Super Fund, 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

To be considered for this opportunity, please send your CV to Sam Nowell via email : [email protected]

or if you prefer to discuss aspects of the role first, please feel to reach out to Sam Nowell on 09 550 8558 or via LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/snowell/

Investment Operations Analyst

 

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 ~$43 Billion, invested across a wide range of asset classes. 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).   

What is the opportunity?
A permanent opportunity has come up for an Analyst within the Investment Operations team. The Investment Operations team 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.

Your primary activities will include:

  • Providing trade support to ensure accurate capture of new trading activity
  • Trade life cycle management, including: corporate actions, resets, novations, upscales/downscales, terminations and credit events
  • Performing controls and checks to ensure internal tools and portfolio reporting 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:

  • Be a motivated team player with good communication skills
  • Demonstrate problem solving ability and commercial acumen
  • Have strong attention to detail and time management
  • Have a collegial, constructive approach to building internal and external relationships

  
Preferred experience could include:

  • Experienced in financial markets with working knowledge of traded instruments (securities, cash/money market or derivatives)
  • Experienced in post trade life cycle management and trade support
  • Experienced in reconciliations, investigation and resolution
  • Understanding of upstream and downstream process and system impacts

  
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 chance to play an integral part in the future 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 actively seeks to build an inclusive workplace and strongly encourages expressions of interest from a diverse applicant pool. Please contact Daniel Turner on 021 193 0369 for a confidential discussion.

 

IT Applications Administrator

 

The NZ Super Fund is New Zealand’s sovereign wealth fund, established to partially pre-fund the future cost of New Zealand Superannuation. The ~$45 billion Fund helps smooth the cost of superannuation between today’s taxpayers and future generations. The Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation (Guardians) is the Crown entity charged with managing and administering the Fund. 

The Guardians has a culture of high performance, collaboration and its people are passionate about their work. Their success comes through the careful selection of people who are highly capable, and are excited about their mission.

The sophisticated technology platforms that enable their success are created internally by their highly skilled technology teams.

They are looking to employ an Applications Administrator who will assume responsibility for:

  • Level 1 and 2 support, maintenance and administration of the Guardians’ enterprise applications: Sharepoint, CRM, document management system and the service desk application.
  • Level 1 support of SuperMART (in-house financial system) and file management.
  • Document processes and procedures for the ongoing management of the Guardians’ enterprise applications and service desk.
  • Work with external vendors and service providers as needed.

Person requirements:

  • Minimum 2 years of experience administering Microsoft Sharepoint. Experience designing, implementing and maintaining business process workflows (Sharepoint, etc.)
  • Experience working with service desk applications, document management systems, CRM systems and Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Understanding of Active Directory Users and Computers.
  • Basic understanding of Microsoft Windows server environments including common protocols/standards i.e. DNS,TCP/IP, HTTP, SMTP, .Net.
  • Knowledge of web development languages preferred i.e. HTML, Java
  • Excellent analytical and troubleshooting skills.

This is an excellent opportunity to join an organisation that makes a difference to all New Zealanders. They have a caring and supportive culture and offer a generous remuneration package. This includes a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits.

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 more about this opportunity contact Barry O'Brien at Enterprise : [email protected]

Senior Investment Strategist, Responsible Investment

 

  • ~$43 billion in total assets
  • Develop and maintain the Guardians’ responsible investment framework
  • Responsible Investment, Investments business unit

The NZ Super Fund is New Zealand's sovereign wealth fund, established to partially pre-fund the future cost of New Zealand superannuation. The Fund currently sits at ~$43 billion, invested across a wide range of asset classes and geographies. The Fund is managed by a Crown entity, the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation (Guardians). The Guardians has won global accolades for its financial performance, governance and responsible investment leadership, as well as being recognised as one of the most innovative sovereign wealth funds globally.

The opportunity?
The Guardians is committed to being a responsible investor, meaning it sees environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues as material to long term investment returns. The Fund’s governing legislation also requires the Guardians – amongst other things – to avoid prejudice to New Zealand’s reputation as a responsible member of the world community.

The Responsible Investment (RI) team sits within the broader investments business unit, with responsibility for developing and maintaining the Guardians’ RI framework to ensure that RI considerations are integrated into all investment decisions.

As Senior Investment Strategist, Responsible Investment, your core responsibilities will include:

  • Integration of ESG considerations into the Guardians’ investments and decision making
  • Support ESG due diligence and management across asset classes
  • Advance internal ESG capabilities, including the understanding and use of ESG metrics in modelling and investment analysis
  • Contribute to improving and implementing the RI framework, including analysis of new investment opportunities, ESG issues and manager reviews
  • Monitoring, review and reporting of exclusions, portfolio monitoring, voting and other ownership activities
  • Input on RI-related communications and stakeholder relations
  • Championing the Guardians’ vision, values and constructive culture at all times

Your profile:


To be successful, this opportunity requires an experienced practitioner with ‘in the field’ ESG experience.   Whilst not essential, real assets skills such as in property and infrastructure, managing safety, environment and community issues, would be highly desirable. You may be experienced in sustainability, health & safety, or environmental consulting within an advisory firm or large corporate, or a responsible investment/ESG/sustainability specialist within an asset owner or equivalent business.

Key to your success is your ability to work across teams, carry out in-depth research and analysis, with data modelling experience viewed highly favourably. Naturally inquisitive with a passion for RI/ESG/sustainability, you will display commercial judgement, with the interpersonal profile to make recommendations in line with the Guardians' mandate.

The Guardians is an exceptional team where input and collaboration are encouraged. You will be collegial, adopt a constructive approach, and have the ability to develop effective internal and external relationships.

With a reputation for excellence, the Guardians attributes the Fund’s success to the calibre of its staff, its 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 a 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.

Analyst, Portfolio Design

 

An opportunity to join the internationally renowned and awarded NZ Super Fund

  • ~$43 billion in total assets
  • Long-term investment horizon
  • Asset Allocation, Investments business unit

The NZ Super Fund is New Zealand's sovereign wealth fund, established to partially pre-fund the future cost of New Zealand superannuation. The Fund is currently ~$43 billion, invested across a wide range of asset classes and geographies. The Fund is managed by a Crown entity, the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation (Guardians). The Guardians 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 opportunity?
The Portfolio Design team, along with its counterparts, Strategic Tilting and Economics, forms the Guardians’ Asset Allocation function, which sits within the broader Investments business unit. The Portfolio Design team is primarily responsible for the Fund’s Reference Portfolio, and for developing the Guardians’ portfolio construction approach, expressed through risk budgets and the risk allocation process (RAP).

As Analyst, Portfolio Design, your core responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting the team in the analysis of our Reference Portfolio reviews, maintaining both equilibrium and current risk and return assumptions, production of investment hurdles and proxies
  • Assisting in maintaining and enhancing the Guardians’ approach to risk budgeting and the risk allocation process
  • Contributing to the Guardians’ wider investment activities by assisting in the development of strategies and participating in investment workshops and investment opportunities
  • Assisting with the regular Portfolio and Investment Environment reviews
  • Demonstrating appropriate knowledge and use of all Guardians’ systems and processes
  • Reading, understanding and complying with all policies and procedures, including those relating to risk management and compliance practices
  • Championing the Guardians’ vision, values and constructive culture at all times

Your profile:
This opportunity requires an analyst with experience conducting in-depth research across multiple asset classes, within an asset owner or investment manager. A thorough understanding of investment concepts is required, as is the ability to develop effective relationships and to work collaboratively with peers and the wider business. You will display sound commercial judgement and the perspective to make informed recommendations in line with the Guardians' mandate.

With a reputation for excellence, the Guardians attributes 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.

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.