Product Manager - Data

  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Full-time
  • UoA Department Name: Nat eScience Infrastructure
  • Campus: Auckland City Campus
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Number: 55565166

Job Description

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

NeSI - New Zealand eScience Infrastructure - is New Zealand's high-performance computing and data research infrastructure. We grow the computing and analytics capability of researchers, including through partnering with research sector teams and institutions to achieve critical mass. As an unincorporated body, NeSI is an investment by New Zealand universities, Crown Research Institutes, and the Crown, through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

NeSI provides platforms and expertise which enable the country's researchers to tackle the world's largest problems. Increasingly, data is at the centre of our world – whether it’s the environmental data informing models of water quality and abundance, biological data capturing the genetic variance within a wide range of populations, or data informing forecasting of the effects of climate. Researchers often depend on advanced high-performance computing and data capabilities to achieve their goals, and NeSI is at the forefront of this innovation.


Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki tēnei mahi | About this role

NeSI is looking for a Product Manager to provide expertise and leadership to support product and service design and development. This role focuses specifically on NeSI’s data services in support of researchers, and on data describing the value of the research we support and hence our impact as an investment.

The role has a broad scope working into specific research communities on enabling environments, policies, and tools. Specific recent work has involved data management of genomic data across all species, a growing focus on clinical data used in research, growing and evolving confidence and competence to support Māori Data Sovereignty, a focus on improving NeSI’s impact story supported by data on grants, publications, and other measures of return on investment, and a lift in NeSI’s posture and approaches to security and data privacy.

The Product Manager role, whilst employed by the University of Auckland, is a national position, driving evolution of products and services in meeting users’ needs within a team of world class experts in applying computational methods and tools.

Successful candidates will be able to convincingly demonstrate:

  • Experience working with teams involved in research
  • 5+ years of experience in a customer facing role managing user requirements and relationships
  • Relevant qualifications in user centred design, product management, or information sciences
  • Interest in Linux or specific research computing or data environments, products, or services will stand you in good stead


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

As a member of a team providing national solutions in the high-performance computing and eScience or eResearch domain, you will have the opportunity to work with colleagues across the country and internationally to develop and deliver a state-of-the art eScience infrastructure. While there is a core of advanced infrastructure technology offering advanced levels of performance and sophisticated features, as a team we’re even more passionate about the people, relationships, skills, and practices that can move research forward.

If you’re interested in picking up a national challenge and being a part of something unique, then this role may be for you!

The University of Auckland is dedicated to providing an excellent and stimulating environment for its employees which ensures a healthy work-life balance through. 

  • Five weeks’ annual leave per annum (pro-rated)
  • Up to 6.75% employer superannuation contribution.
  • Over 300 different career development courses.
  • Flexible employment practices
  • Discounted, onsite childcare, parking and various leisure and recreation services.

For more information on the benefits of working here, see our Staff Benefits page.


Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Applications must be submitted online, by the closing date of Sunday 21st November 2021 to be considered. Please include your CV and a cover letter outlining what strengths you would bring to this role.

Additional Information

In accordance with our commitment to equitable recruitment, the University welcomes applications from all suitably qualified and experienced candidates. In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government has imposed a travel ban and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government approved quarantine for two weeks on arrival.  

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may impact the degree to which an off-shore candidate can engage in the interview process; or be available to commence in a new position. For more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website.

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