Chief Technical and Information Officer – New Zealand Rugby

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) is an iconic New Zealand sports organisation with a team committed to ensuring that our national game is run smoothly and effectively. They lead, support, grow and promote New Zealand’s game, striving for rugby teams in black that are unrivalled on the global stage. Embedded in their success is a high-performance system that produces the world’s best talent, competitions that fans love, and a community game at the heart of it that continues to connect with all communities.

NZR are seeking a highly experienced and dynamic Chief Information and Technology Officer (CITO) to join their organization on a 6-9-month fixed term contract basis. As the CITO, you will play a pivotal role in overseeing the Technology Team, managing a team of professionals with a specific focus on ensuring successful project delivery, and driving strategic initiatives. This position requires exceptional leadership skills, technical expertise, and a strategic mindset to guide NZR through its digital transformation journey.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a high performing, lean and dynamic Technology team, and lead them as they are entering into delivery phase two of NZR’s digital journey – shaping the digital future of NZR!

Key responsibilities:

Team Management – Lead and manage a diverse team of IT professionals, fostering a collaborative and high-performance culture. Fostering a culture of innovation, creativity, and continuous improvement within the team.

Strategic Focus – Execute the organisation’s IT strategy, providing strategic guidance on IT investments, budget allocation, and resource planning. Collaborate with executive leadership to develop and implement long-term technology roadmaps. Maintain a thorough understanding of cybersecurity practices and ensure compliance with data protection regulations.

Project Delivery – Oversee the delivery of IT projects, ensuring they are completed within scope, budget, and timeline. Develop and maintain project management methodologies, standards, and best practices.

Enterprise-Wide Engagement – Foster collaboration and cross-functional alignment to drive enterprise-wide engagement and adoption of IT initiatives.

Key requirements:

  • Proven experience as a Chief Information and Technology Officer or a similar leadership role.
  • Strong background in managing and leading IT teams, driving organisational change, and delivering complex projects.
  • In-depth knowledge of IT infrastructure, systems, and emerging technologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic IT plans aligned with business objectives.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to effectively manage stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
  • Familiarity with data protection regulations and cybersecurity best practices

This is an incredible opportunity for someone to help drive digital change for this world leading sports organisation.

In addition to a competitive remuneration package, NZR offers an excellent culture, training and development opportunities and other rugby related benefits.

Commercial Partnerships Coordinator – New Zealand Rugby

New Zealand Rugby Commercial (NZRC), one of New Zealand’s largest sporting organisations, is looking for a Commercial Partnerships Coordinator to join our winning team.You will enjoy a fast paced role with a focus on supporting, maintaining and enhancing NZ Rugby Commercial’s relationships with sponsors of our national teams.We are looking for someone with energy, who takes initiative and is and a team player. You will be a great communicator with strong relationship building skills who is always the first point of contact. With an eye for detail, you will happily support our wider Sponsorship Team on a range of tasks and projects.

To Be Successful In This Role You Will Have

  • Proven success working within a commercial agency and/or marketing environment
  • Experience in sponsorship or account management 
  • Experience in event management and implementation 
  • Previous involvement with advertising and promotional activities 
  • Exposure to commercial and contract negotiations. 

If you have experience in a similar role, a passion for the game and are keen to hit the ground running, we would love to hear from you.

About Us

At NZR we love what we do, we work hard and have fun! You’ll be joining a team of awesome people who are passionate about the game and each other, and you’ll be backed with support to thrive in your role. We know that life isn’t all about work, so we are open to flexible working options.We value diversity and inclusion and are committed to improving our cultural responsiveness. We embrace and respect each other’s values and we are so proud to be Rainbow Tick certified. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and walks of life.

NZ Rugby Commerical

New Zealand Rugby Commercial is a small, dedicated team, based in our two main offices of Wellington and Auckland. We are legally separate to NZR but nonetheless are still integral and integrated to NZR and continue to be owned by and inextricably linked to our parent. We have a clear and focused mandate, to drive commercial and customer success for New Zealand Rugby.

Apply Now 

If you are looking to join a fantastic group of people and think you have what it takes, then don’t delay, submit your CV and cover letter now! Don’t wait until the closing date to apply as we will be reviewing applications as we go.Applications close at 5pm, Monday 1st May. 

To be considered for this position you must be legally entitled to work in Aotearoa New Zealand and obtain a clear MOJ check.

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 – Technology Implementation Manager, NZL

If you are interested in a once-in-a-lifetime job in the sports industry, this is your chance. We are looking for someone to lead and strengthen the team in charge of organizing the biggest women’s sporting event in the world: the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™.

To ensure the successful operational delivery of the ninth edition of this competition, we have set up a Local FIFA Subsidiary (LFS). Its aim is to improve the experience of over 1.1 billion people watching the FIFA Women’s World Cup, by delivering innovative solutions across all operational areas.

We are currently looking to recruit our Technology Implementation Manager – NZL

Job responsibilities

This role has responsibility for the delivery of infrastructure and services within the portfolio of works, within budget and timescales, to ensure an efficient and high-quality delivery of services to all relevant target groups.

Act as subject matter expert on infrastructure implementations, providing strategic and technical advice to the Senior Infrastructure IT Manager and Head of Technology on any relevant subject areas, and act as a true role model in representing Technology internally and towards external partners.

Job duties

Working closely with the Network Manager, Cyber Security Manager and other leaders within FWWC2023 to ensure key technology deliverables are implemented and operationally ready, on time and within budget, including, but not limited to:

  • Working closely with the Implementation Manager (AUS), Network Specialists and Infrastructure Specialists, assist with the implementation of the Broadcast contribution Network, Event Telecommunications Network (WAN, LAN, WiFi) ensuring operational readiness to support the tournament.
  • Ongoing monitoring of the operational readiness of infrastructure within the portfolio to support the running of the tournament.
  • Facilitate the collection of the specific project requirements, adhering to robust change management protocol.
  • Working closely with the FIFA Zurich Cyber Security Manager, to manage the implementation of any security related services into the FWWC2023 technology environment.
  • Support Technology Equipment Allocation Process and integration with other Technology services.
  • Plan in collaboration with FIFA’s and venue relevant parties the implementation, handover, support and operation of the ETN, BCN and other technology implementations during the event and technical readiness exercises.
  • Track the progress of all implementations leading up to the timely availability of components and services and including the commissioning/decommissioning of the systems in all venues.
  • Report progress, issues and risks related to Technology projects and operations, according to IT governance and keep counterparts aligned 
  • Ensure that all information pertaining to the delivery and support of all service and product implementations are communicated to and well understood by all parties.
  • Effectively manage stakeholders and perform adequate communication with relevant parties.
  • Manage third-party service providers during every phase of the project.
  • Support the smooth termination of the venues/sites and hand-back to venues.
  • Deliver technical guidance, coaching & mentoring to team members.
  • Prepare good practice and educational material for personnel.

Qualifications & experience

  • A minimum experience of 5-8 years in Infrastructure Services delivery across a broad range of technologies including networks, security, reprographics, and related technology infrastructure.
  • University degree or similar higher education/experience, in Information Technology, Telecommunications, Computer Science or related field.
  • Strong IT skills and relevant knowledge in networks, wired and wireless infrastructure implementation, network integration and connectivity.
  • Network technology certifications such as CCIE, CISSP, or equivalent experience desirable.
  • Expertise with connectivity services (DWDM, dark fibre, MPLS, VPN, etc.) desirable.
  • Expertise in structured cabling (copper and fibre) in a heterogeneous model.
  • Experience in international sports / event management (desirable).
  • Project Management experience.


This position requires a person who can make key decisions for the business through critical problem-solving and an ability to use sound judgement. You will need to possess high energy levels, entrepreneurial spirit, motivational leadership, effective negotiation, excellent communication, analytical skills and problem-solving skills and positive relationship-management skills.

Closing Date: 29 January 2023

Based in Auckland.

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