Top govt ICT procurement post advertised

International search for general manager of ICT Supply Management Office

Advertisements have been placed internationally for a general manager of the Government ICT Supply Management Office (Gismo), following the departure of Brent Chalmers, who is joining consultancy KPMG as director, IT advisory.

Gismo is a key unit in the development of a more unified ICT procurement policy across government agencies.

The new general manager will be responsible for “cross-government strategic sourcing” of ICT equipment and services and the maintenance of connections with suppliers and all-of-government advisory bodies such as the ICT Strategy Board and the Ministry of Economic Development’s Government Procurement Development Group .

He or she “will have a significant influence and impact on the development, establishment and benefit realisation of the wider government ICT procurement initiatives,” says the advertisement. “In the last year alone Gismo has been responsible for some major all-of-government sourcing activities that have delivered significant cost savings to the public sector.”

A detailed job description emphasises “extensive experience in the management of complex supply chains and the management of partnerships and complex supply relationships” and “management experience in logistics and commercial development, and the undertaking of strategic analysis and provision of advice.” Only lower down under “knowledge” is any specific reference made to ICT.

The only evident requirement for New Zealand experience is the single line “achieves effectiveness for Maori”, at the very end of the job description.

Gismo has existed as a unit since February 2011, when the Department of Internal Affairs was reorganised, absorbing the National Library and Archives NZ. Gismo and several other teams split from what had been Government Technology Services.

Salary for the general manager’s job is in the range $148,849 to $201,384. Applications close on April 27.

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