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

Portfolio Manager - External Investments & Partnerships

 

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, transparency, and investment performance, 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 Team
The External Investments & 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, natural catastrophe reinsurance, NZ expansion capital, NZ and emerging markets active equities, life settlements, global macro, shale energy, and several others.

The Position
As a Portfolio Manager in the External Investments & Partnerships team, you will lead the Guardians’ relationships with several incumbent external investment managers. You will also lead investment projects to analyse and assess prospective investments contained within a broad range of asset classes.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Participating in the team’s identification and assessment of investment opportunities
  • Active oversight of current investments in the team’s portfolio, including the selection, appointment, and monitoring of investment managers
  • Developing strategic partnerships with relevant peer funds and investment managers
  • Assisting with the development of junior team members

Your Background
Leading the Guardians’ relationship with investment teams at some of the world’s most highly regarded investment managers requires that candidates bring excellent interpersonal skills, energy, enthusiasm, and a sophisticated approach to relationship management.

As a senior member of the External Investments & Partnerships team, you will be expected to bring an advanced level of finance and investments knowledge. You will also need the ability to think beyond your own frame of reference to meet the challenge of evaluating different asset classes.

The team fosters creative thinking and constructive debate in the pursuit of credible investment ideas. An open mind, a broad perspective, and a willingness to contribute, are all essential.

Life at NZ Super Fund
Underpinning the 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
Exposure to renowned global investors across a wide range of asset classes, 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 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.nz.

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.

IT Support Analyst

Why you would like it: 

  • A great opportunity to be the technical “go-to”
  • Supportive environment with a continuous improvement culture
  • Excellent salary + benefits package | CBD location
  • They celebrate diversity!

 

The Organisation: 

The NZ Super Fund is an important institution within the New Zealand investment sector, so there is an accompanying expectation of outstanding service to the public. If you are keen to ensure future generations have the ability to enjoy the benefits of superannuation then come and play your part! The organisation focuses 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. 

 

The Opportunity: 

This is the right opportunity for a young IT Support professional who has completed studies, gained some work experience and is now eager to join an organisation that makes an impact.

You will be working within the Service Desk team who are responsible for supporting critical in-house systems, desktop and device management and ensuring the overall business continuity of their systems and data. This team is also responsible for managing the integration of technology systems that are outsourced to third parties. You'll work closely with every business unit to deliver the applications and data that they need.

 

Your responsibilities:  

  • Respond to and resolve incoming service requests in line with SLAs through the service desk, phone, or email;
  • Assist with the support and maintenance of desktop infrastructure, including Windows, virtual desktops and mobile devices;
  • Support internal applications such as Microsoft Office and OpenText eDocs;
  • Document processes and procedures for the ongoing management of the service desk;
  • Actively monitor the service desk queues and escalate problems to the appropriate person or IT team as required;

 

What you need to be successful:

  • Knowledge of Active Directory Users and Computers
  • Knowledge of basic networking protocols i.e. DNS, DHCP, TCP/IP, LAN/WAN required
  • Understanding of Group Policy
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team and influence people positively
  • Being a self-driven person, proactive and resourceful
  • Ideally a Diploma or Degree in Computer Science

If you are looking for an opportunity to work on large solutions within a focused team, then this role will offer you a great platform and environment to do so.

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 at Potentia via email; [email protected]

 

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.  

Project Manager, 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 Sabrina Freitas, Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor on 021 103 4442 or email [email protected].