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Senior Advisor Strategic Innovation

Salaried Full Time

Wellington, NZ, 6011

About us


If you’ve ever been to an airport in New Zealand you may have met some of our team. There are two parts to our organisation – the safety arm (Civil Aviation Authority), which is responsible for the safety oversight of the civil aviation system, and the security arm (Aviation Security Service) who you would have met if you’ve travelled by plane in New Zealand. We have a strong commitment to achieve Safer Skies and have a unique opportunity for you to help accomplish this.


The Authority embraces diversity and is committed to providing an inclusive and respectful workplace where everyone is valued for their unique contribution.

Our values are central to shaping our behaviours and the way we work.

  • Me mahi tahi – Collaboration

We work together to achieve and succeed. 

  • Me mahi pono – Transparency 

We are open and honest communicators.

  • Me mahi tika – Integrity 

We do the right thing.

  • Me manaaki – Respect

We treat all people with consideration and kindness.

  • Kia tū rangatira ai – Professionalism 

We act in a way that brings credit to ourselves and our organisation.



Avsec's vision is to deliver world class aviation security and a high quality, responsive, passenger experience. To do this, we work closely with other border and government agencies, including the NZ Police, NZ Customs Service, Ministry of Primary Industries, Immigration NZ, Ministry of Transport, airport companies and industry associations, as well as international organisations like the Airports Council International (ACI), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).


About the role

Supporting the research and development of the exciting new directions for AvSec , this role enables the right candidate the opportunity to think and act into the future of Aviation Security. 


A member of the Innovation team , working to the Manager Strategic Innovation, the Senior Advisor Strategic Innovation plays a critical role in developing and implementing new directions in technological solutions; forming innovative new capability pathways; and leading collaborative projects that will contribute to AvSec’s strategic direction.


From researching new trends and conducting stakeholder needs deep dives, to participating in strategic planning sessions and communicating new directions internally and externally, the role is a beacon within the organisation, and the wider industry.


The vacancy comes at an exciting time with the role able to grow with the successful candidate, with personal and career development supported by an outstanding team focused on supporting each other to deliver world class aviation security and a high quality, responsive, passenger experience.


What we’re looking for

  • You’re a driven self-starter who relishes working alone as much as you do supporting collaborative project work.
  • You’re focused on questions not yet asked, and solutions not yet dreamed of, with an ability to tend to the details when necessary and zoom out to understand and guide the bigger picture at other times.
  • You relish taking the beginnings of an idea and turning it into a viable, tested and well communicated project.
  • You’re comfortable across a range of organisational situations, enjoying relating to various and diverse collaborative stakeholder groups.
  • You are comfortable holding the torch for others to follow in the development of innovative solutions.
  • You’re ready to be supported in a role that enables you to stretch yourself and implement leading approaches to complex problems, developing your own skills and experience as the organisation grows with you.
  • You’re able to bring diverse stakeholders together in understanding the ideas, work and outcomes involved.


Why join us?

Our employees enjoy benefits including up to 4% Kiwisaver employee contributions and discounted health insurance premiums.


We invest in our people by helping them develop skills to make a great job of their current role and preparing them for potential future roles within the organisation. This extends to the health and wellbeing of our employees, where we offer flu vaccinations, eye tests and contributions towards eyewear.


Be a part of something from day one by joining one of our sports teams, and an active social club running a variety of events for members and their families.


The Authority is implementing change to deliver better regulatory outcomes and ‘safe and secure skies to help New Zealand fly’. Join us at this exciting time while we work to develop our new organisational culture and way of working.


Due to the New Zealand border being closed and new visa applications not currently being considered, we are only able to consider applicants who are currently residing in NZ or who have NZ Citizen or Permanent Residency status.


Please take a look at the Position Description for this role to find out if you have the relevant skills and experience and apply now! 
Applications close 5th October 2021. 

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