Comptroller of Customs and Chief Executive, New Zealand Customs Service

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    6 days ago
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    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
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  • Location: Wellington – Wairarapa
  • Date Advertised: 31-OCT-18
  • Job Reference: NZ/3
  • Job Title: Comptroller of Customs and Chief Executive, New Zealand Customs Service
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Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa – New Zealand Customs Service’s (Customs) name – translates as “the authority that screens and protects New Zealand”.  Customs purpose is to protect and promote New Zealand’s border using world-class tools, people and innovative approaches.  Customs aims to promote New Zealand by facilitating trade and welcoming visitors. 

Customs has approximately 1,200 staff located at all of New Zealand’s international airports and ports, as well as offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Brussels, Canberra and Washington, DC.

The Comptroller of Customs and Chief Executive, Customs (Comptroller) is responsible for leading and managing the department, ensuring the Government’s economic and security objectives are met. 

The Comptroller leads the co-ordination and alignment of border-related policies, strategies and operations of border sector agencies, in pursuit of the Government’s goals and improved service delivery to customers and stakeholders.

We are therefore looking for a highly experienced senior leader to deliver better outcomes for New Zealanders.  The Comptroller will need to have the ability to foster and nurture core relationships; both internationally and with New Zealand business.  Customs needs to deliver an effective, customer focused border system designed for the future; the Comptroller will need to work across agencies to deliver this.

Excellent leadership by Public Service chief executives is essential to high performing departments and a high performing Public Service.  Chief executives are required to work collaboratively in a spirit of service and strive towards the overall goal of a system of world class, professional State Services, serving the Government of the day and meeting the needs of all New Zealanders.

For further information or a confidential discussion about this position, please contact Saphron Powell, Managing Principal for the Chief Executive Development, Appointment and Remuneration team at the State Services Commission on 021 195 9751 or alternatively you can email

An application pack can be downloaded from

Full applications must be submitted to by 13 November 2018.