Director Data Science and Analytics

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga is an autonomous Crown entity with a long-term objective to deliver a step-change in New Zealand’s planning and delivery of infrastructure, its systems, and settings. We are responsible to the Minister for Infrastructure and monitored by the Treasury.

In te reo Māori, ‘waihanga’ means a cornerstone, or to make, create, develop, build, construct, or generate. The name Te Waihanga describes our commitment to shaping New Zealand’s future through infrastructure planning and investment.

We are passionate about transforming infrastructure for all New Zealanders and have four main functions that guide our work:

  1. To coordinate, develop and promote an approach to infrastructure that improves the wellbeing of New Zealanders
  2. To improve the certainty of future New Zealand infrastructure projects
  3. To lift New Zealand’s infrastructure procurement capability
  4. To provide high-quality advice in relation to infrastructure

What you’ll do

Te Waihanga is tasked with improving the lives of New Zealanders through better infrastructure, and we all play a role in this mission.

Our newly created role of Director Data Science and Analytics will lead the establishment of a centre of infrastructure data excellence at Te Waihanga. This will involve building the evidence base for specific inquiries (deep dives), economic evaluations and the 30-year strategy. To achieve this, our Director Data Science and Analytics will develop a high performing team that can leverage existing data, develop new data sources and products and drive data driven thinking throughout Te Waihanga and across the infrastructure system.

Key areas of focus for our Director Data Science and Analytics will include:

  • Data governance and strategy: including developing and implementing strategies and frameworks that are aligned with our 30-Year Infrastructure Strategy
  • Data management: overseeing and managing our capability and capacity to prioritise, collect, produce and distribute data and insights
  • Data quality: ensuring our data practices and products are first-class
  • People leadership: creating and maintaining a highly engaged and high performing team and an environment that is supportive and values people

Our Director Data Science and Analytics will be a member of our Strategy Team, reporting to the General Manager Strategy. You’ll form partnerships internally and externally, building strong relationships and developing an excellent understanding of Te Waihanga and our needs. 

Things you'll be proud of

This is a varied role in a growing organisation with a big future. To be a great fit, you’ll be a solution-oriented team player who is proud of:

Your qualifications and experience, including:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in data science, data analytics, computer science, statistics, economics, mathematics, or another relevant field (minimum). Having a Postgraduate or further qualification (e.g. Masters) would be a great bonus
  • Extensive experience in data development
  • Programming experience in a professional or academic environment and experience with opensource programming languages
  • Experience with business intelligence and data visualization tools
  • Experience with SQL and NoSQL databases to work with large structured and unstructured data. 
  • Familiarity with designing or working in cloud environments
  • Proven experience in successfully leading, managing, and developing teams and individuals

Your broad range of skills, including:

  • Superior analytical skills with highly developed critical thinking
  • Superior ability to create data solutions to complex problems
  • Passionate about evidence-based decision-making and visualisation
  • Able to collaborate and engage skilfully, interpret demand, and champion data solutions
  • Highly skilled in communicating with different audiences, with the ability to share complex information clearly, succinctly and with influence
  • Skilled at building effective relationships and engaging with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Strong business management skills and a commitment to service excellence
  • An understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Crown’s responsibility to act as a good partner and a willingness to engage with Te Ao Māori perspectives and frameworks

If you are interested in being part of the critically important work Te Waihanga deliver for Aotearoa, please read through the attached position description and get in touch.

To apply for this role, please follow the link in the advertisement or email Applications close on Tuesday 28 September 2021 at 4:00pm

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