Commercial Portfolio Manager

Wellington (NZ)
16 Apr 2019
29 Apr 2019
Specialist Area
Logistics, Procurement
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Opportunity to be at the forefront of change
  • Responsible for the delivery of Complex Commercial Projects
  • Be part of NZDF's Future 35 Strategy

What you will do

This is an exciting role that will lead professional relationships with service providers to ensure sustainable, mutually beneficial outcomes.The Commercial Portfolio Manager (CPM) is the lead provider of commercial expertise in support of Defence Logistics Command (DLC).

The Commercial Portfolio Manager - Defence Logistics Command will provide procurement expertise across the DLC portfolio. They will develop, implement, and maintain procurement strategies that optimise value to NZDF.

NZDF is undergoing a transformation that includes how we engage with our suppliers. The Commercial Portfolio Manager will lead this change for Defence Logistics Command. They will need to work with internal and external stakeholders, challenging them to think differently and ensuring a continual focus on opportunities for enhancing value.

What we need

A senior procurement manager with experience including responsibility for a large and complex portfolio, with demonstrable success in delivering procurement value and familiarity with Integrated Logistics Support and the logistics supplier market.

Your authentic approach to supplier relationship management, understanding of the machinery of government and the protocols required for government procurement are crucial to your success in this position.

You'll have a successful track record as a leader of change, refined commercial acumen and well-developed negotiation skills, as well as solid analytical skills and a calm and methodical approach to problem solving. Your communication skills at all organisational levels and relevant tertiary qualification or CIPS will be highly regarded

Who we are

Defence Commercial Services, (DCS) is a key component of the wider Joint Defence Services (JDS) Portfolio. JDS enables Defence Force operations by synchronising key pan-NZDF enabling functions including Logistics, Communications and Information Systems, Health, Security , Strategic Programmes, Military Policing, Knowledge and Information Management and Commercial Services.

DCS leads and enables the wider NZDF Commercial Function. This is achieved by delivering enabling policies, frameworks, training, and systems; and the monitoring of commercial risk and supplier performance across the organisation.

Every hour of every day, 365 days of the year, the New Zealand Defence Force is contributing to the defence, security and well-being of Aotearoa / New Zealand. As a modern, professional military, it is our goal to maintain well trained, equipped and disciplined armed forces that can react to crisis at short notice.

Why Us

If you are keen to join NZDF's unique culture underpinned by their shared values of courage, commitment, comradeship, and integrity, this is a position you must consider.

How to Apply

To view the Position Description and to apply online please visit and select "Commercial Portfolio Manager". For further information, contact Paul Howard on +64 21 227 8932

Applications close on Monday, 29 April 2019.

Please note: Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand (NZ) and be able to obtain and maintain the required level of NZ Government security clearance for the position applied for. The minimum citizenship and residency criteria for security clearances to be granted by the NZ Defence Force are as follows:

Higher level Security Clearance

  • most preferably a NZ citizen, who has resided in this country continuously for at least the last ten years, OR
  • is a citizen of, and/or has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last ten years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (USA); and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at this level.

If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application.