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About Ministry of Education


About Ministry of Education

Everyone of us has connections within the education system, whether it be our own tamariki, mokopuna, nieces, nephews or friends with children. This is an opportunity to be part of an organisation that influences the educational outcomes for all of Aotearoa’s tamariki. A true investment in our future.

At Ministry of Education you will get an opportunity to join one of two progressive procurement teams where you have the ability to drive change and will be empowered to make a difference.

Ministry of Education Unique Procurement Careers

Aditi Cook – Chief Procurement Officer
Te Puna Rangatōpū | Corporate

Aditi Cook joined Education in July 2021. Her vision for her team is to grow true procurement professionals who are proficient in delivering all activities from sourcing through to managing contracts and supplier relationships. A current focus is to ensure that procurement continues to play a pivotal role in leading, and delivering commercial solutions to emerging challenges and opportunities. One of her priorities is to strengthen Māori medium and Kaupapa Māori education pathways, including engagement with Māori and other marginalised communities to ensure equitable outcomes for our communities. She sees people as her biggest asset and is keen to empower her people to make their own decisions and ensure there are opportunities to grow their careers within her team.

Craig Barton – Group Manager – Infrastructure Procurement
Te Puna Hanganga, Matihiko | Infrastructure & Digital

Craig Barton is a classic example of how Education has developed and invested in one of their key people. He started as a Commercial Performance Specialist in 2016 and has since had the opportunity to try out a number of roles which has allowed him to develop into the Group Manager – Infrastructure Procurement position.

Craig leads a diverse team who specialise in infrastructure. His team members have come from other procurement specialisations and moved into infrastructure or have come from a construction-related background and been upskilled in procurement. If you are someone who likes to roll up your sleeves and do what it takes to get the job done, then Craig’s team may be a good option for you. The Infrastructure team are based out of the Ministry’s Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch offices.

Ministry of Education Values

It is incredibly important that any organisation you join shares your values. Check out Education’s values below and if they align with yours, we’re keen to hear from you.

  • Aroha: care and concern for others

  • Ōrite: equitable opportunities for all

  • Whanaungatanga: a shared purpose and sense of belonging

  • Kaitiakitanga: looking after our relationships and our resources

  • Manaaki: we are kind, generous and respectful

  • Pono: we do the right thing not the easy thing

  • Mahi Tahi: we connect and collaborate

  • Whakamanawa: we empower each other to do our best. 

  • Whakawhirinaki: we consistently demonstrate our behaviours where we build trust with each other and the people we serve 

We welcome applications from both the private and public sectors and see diversity in background and experience as a positive.

If being part of a progressive procurement team that is leading edge and provides strong support to one of the most vital organisations within New Zealand, then check out the new openings below.

Please do not hesitate to contact either Jake Harold on 021 896 162 or Liam Brodie on 027 566 6561 for a confidential conversation.

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