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Lead Systems Administrator

Date:  07-Jun-2022

Wellington, NZ


Lead Systems Administrator


  • Embed a new HRIS system
  • Career development opportunity to expand your skills and lead a team
  • Flexible work arrangements including work from home options.


Make an impact on HR operations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role


This is an integral part of the People Division and the role is embedded within the HR team.


With a comprehensive programme of work underway to implement a new HRIS and Payroll system capability (SAP Successfactors and IMPAC Risk Manager), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is looking for its Lead Systems Administrator to maintain the on-going reliability, performance, management, and support of people system environments.


The position provides both functional and people leadership to the Systems team in respect to the above services and strategic oversight and direction to the Head of People Systems and Insights.  You’ll be working on the systems and well as leading the team.


There is a requirement that the Lead Systems Administrator understand HR, including the implications when system issues arise and can act appropriately to manage risk.  There will be significant engagement with external and internal stakeholders (including the system vendors) so the person must be comfortable working across multidisciplinary teams.


Please note:

This is not a Foreign Policy/diplomatic role.  This is a ‘Corporate’ role (known here as a Specialist role) based in central Wellington, NZ.  


While it is not usual for specialist staff to be ‘posted’ outside of NZ, from time to time a specialist role overseas becomes available at one of our embassies, high commissions, missions or consulates. To be considered for one of these positions you will need to apply and be considered via a competitive recruitment process.


If you have an interest in an MFAT foreign policy career you will be welcome to apply for this either via our graduate recruitment or mid-level foreign policy recruitment campaigns.

Mā‎ wai te mahi nei? – Who are we looking for?


Our deal candidate will have:

  • Experience working in a Success Factors environment, specifically in implementation projects, initial configuration, and administration.
  • A Tertiary qualification in Computer Science, Technology, or related discipline, or equivalent work experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to break down complex technical topics into language that can be understood by non-technical audiences.
  • Experience leading a small team of functional/technical specialists


Ngā hua o te mahi i te Manatū Aorere - Why MFAT?


We are committed to a focus on leadership, talent, training and development, and flexible work options.  Check out our benefits page to find out more about why we love working here.


We are also working to grow the diversity of our workforce and the inclusive nature of our workplace. Click on our diversity and inclusion page to find out more.

Mō mātou - About us


Our people represent New Zealand on and offshore, and in doing so make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous.  By building connections with and influencing other countries and international institutions, we advance New Zealand’s interests and pursue New Zealand's values.  We provide advice to the Government on the implications for New Zealand of what is happening in the world. 

Me pēhea te tuku tono - To Apply/Interested?


Apply online today with your CV and cover letter.


For a confidential discussion please email Peter Taylor


To view a copy of the Position Description click here



You must be a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident and able to obtain and maintain an appropriate NZ Government Security clearance.


Use this online tool to self-check your eligibility for a confidential security clearance. Please note that this tool is not part of the formal security clearance process:


Applications close at midnight on Sunday 26th June 2022.