Head of Strategy & Architecture

- Bring your leadership expertise to WEL in this new role - Head up a new team helping to bring our strategy to life - Full medical, life and income protection insurance + flexible working options
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  • Bring your leadership expertise to WEL in this new role
  • Head up a new team helping to bring our strategy to life
  • Full medical, life and income protection insurance + flexible working options

About WEL Networks

With around 270 employees, owned by and working for the community, WEL Networks has been serving the Waikato for 100 years, distributing power from the national grid, connecting over 160,000 people to electricity services.

Based in Hamilton, we play an essential role in the region's economic and social development by identifying and investing in new technologies that will modernise our network and future-proof our region. We’re excited to be broadening our horizons as we diversify from a traditional lines company into a multi-utility.

As the world is going through a period of significant change and adjusting to a new normal, so too is WEL Networks. With the energy landscape changing at pace, through the acceleration of Electrification, Solar, Batteries, and EVs driving changing customer expectations, we are focussing now more than ever on unlocking our energy potential and realising our vision: to create an innovative energy future.

We are looking for skilled, innovative and enthusiastic individuals to join our team in supporting the company through this exciting new chapter and into the future.

About the role

The Technology group will play a key role in delivering WEL’s strategy; ensuring we provide the business with support, technical expertise and guidance along the way. We have recently added a number of roles to our group and this includes a new Head of Strategy & Architecture role.

This role will be responsible for the development of the WEL IT strategy and high level roadmaps.  You will ensure that WEL Networks can invest strategically in technology and that long and medium term goals will be achieved over time.

Reporting in to our CTO and heading up a team of five, Enterprise Architecture Roadmaps will sit with you, as well as service design and improvement.  You will be accountable for the supply of solution architecture, and establish a design environment, tech stacks and Dev / Test environments with the infrastructure team.

What can you bring us?

There is more information in the position description however in a nutshell this is a senior position and you should be degree qualified and/or be very experienced in your field.  You will have experience in working with senior business stakeholders and will have developed IT/Digital strategies in previous roles.

Extremely importantly to us, you will have a wonderfully positive professional and collaborative way of working with others, have awesome leadership skills, and be curious about new technology and how it might impact / enhance our company’s journey.

Staff Benefits

At WEL, we look after our people – with medical, life and income protection insurance, a variety of flexible working options, the safest equipment and plenty of upskilling opportunities. We will also help you with relocation expenses when moving into the Waikato.

We are committed to making sure our people go home safe every day, and with a drug and alcohol free worksite we will require you to take a drug and alcohol test before you join us.

How to Apply

At WEL we value diversity and innovation, and want extraordinary people with vision to join us.  It is important to us that we get to experience a little bit of the ‘real you’ in your application.  Apply now with your CV and please take the time in a cover letter to tell us what really floats your boat – what sets you apart, why you want to be a part of our team and some of your proudest achievements.

This position closes for applications on 4 July 2021. If you have taken a look at the position description and think this job might be for you don’t hesitate to apply!

Although we are really keen to fill this role - it is crucial we find the right fit for WEL, so we are prepared to close applications early or leave the role open until we find the right person.


Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!


114 Maui Street
3200 Hamilton Directions 07 850 3100 View page

Enabling our people

At WEL we look after our people. 

We are driven to upskill, bringing new trainees into the industry annually, and nurturing and growing our staff. 

We have an active social club, encouraging our employees to interact, include their families in their work lives and just have fun!

Through our WEL Balanced programme we provide a range of wellbeing and wellness initiatives to enable our employees to thrive in our communities.

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