What you will doYou will develop, cultivate and maintain part of a nationwide property programme focussed on commercial property relationships with iwi partners of Te Ope Kātua o Aotearoa (the NZ Defence Force).Key responsibilities include:Maintaining enduring and long-term partnerships with iwi;Operating as the programme manager for initiatives and projects required to help deliver the iwi property programme;Initiating and facilitating consultations and negotiations with iwi partners from a property/tenure related perspective;Briefing and reporting senior members of the Defence Force and stakeholders on progress with the iwi property programme and interrelated dependencies; andUpskilling the wider team on issues related to tikanga Māori.Please note: This position requires some domestic travel throughout New Zealand, so a full drivers’ license is essential.What we needYou will have a working knowledge of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi), and an understanding of property and preferably contract law to effectively foster relationships between the Crown and Māori. You will be self-motivated, determined and solution-focussed; with an ability to readily identify potential effects and have honest conversations around them.You will also bring:Experience in relationship and commercial contract development and management;An ability to pick an organisation’s culture and identify how to work effectively within it;Refined and superior written communication skills; andExperience in researching and assimilating information from a wide range of sources.An understanding of tikanga Māori and an ability to converse in Te Reo would be highly preferable.Who we areDefence Estate Infrastructure’s purpose is to develop, maintain and manage land, property and infrastructure assets in order to support NZDF military capabilities and all of government outcomes, through the Defence Estate Regeneration Programme. The Defence estate comprises over 80,000ha of land with infrastructure and buildings with a replacement value of some $4.3bn. Defence Estate Infrastructure is gearing up for major reinvestment and regeneration work over the coming years to 2035.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 UsNZDF is an inclusive organisation that is open to flexible working arrangements and welcomes applications from people regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age, beliefs/opinions, or family circumstances.In return for your expertise, dedication and hard work, NZDF is offering remuneration reflective of your experience, along with:;5 weeks annual leave per year;Flexible working environment and positive culture;Variety, challenge and a chance to influence.