Manager Data Services - NIWA

Updated: about 5 hours ago
Job Type: Permanent
Deadline: 09 Feb 2022

NIWA is a dynamic research organisation and New Zealand's largest and pre-eminent provider of climate, freshwater and marine science. Our core purpose is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of New Zealand's aquatic resources and environments, to provide an understanding of climate and the atmosphere, and increase resilience to weather and climate hazards to improve safety and wellbeing of New Zealanders.

What we're looking for:

A key focus of this position is the curation and management of data that underpin the sustainable management of New Zealand's resources. We seek a Data Manager to work from our marine and climate research focused, 300 strong, harbour-side Wellington campus to manage and maintain fisheries catch and effort, research, and observer databases under contract for the Ministry for Primary Industries / Fisheries New Zealand and ensure that Standards and Specifications are upheld. The position could be expanded, depending on the expertise and interests of the appointee, to include management of a range of NIWA environmental data. The position also includes leading and managing a group of science staff, taking responsibility for staff mentoring and career development, general staff management (including performance reviews) and supporting regional management.

What you will bring:

  • A tertiary level degree in a relevant discipline.
  • A strong data management background and database experience, preferably with biological and/or environmental data.
  • Well-developed database design skills
  • Well-developed skills in design and implementation of data quality standards
  • Experience with relational databases and Structured Query Language (SQL)
  • Familiarity with Unix/Linux shell scripting
  • Experience with the Postgres relational database management system.
  • Proven people management skills and expertise
  • Familiarity with fisheries data and data management requirements would be an advantage

We don't expect perfection in our candidates - if you think you have what it takes, but don't meet every point referenced in the position description, please still get in touch!

NIWA offers flexible working options (e.g., part-time, flexible start and finish times). We are happy to discuss potential flexible options for this position at the interview stage.

NIWA promotes the importance and value of an inclusive and diverse workforce, including the Rainbow Community, and takes pride on being a family-friendly and supportive workplace.

Providing a safe working environment for our people is paramount to us and that is why we have implemented a COVID-19 Vaccinated Workplace Policy, which requires all new employees and contractors to be fully vaccinated, where medically able, before joining our team.


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