10 Aug 2018

Full-Time Business Rules Specialist

Ministry of Education – Posted by MinEducationWellington, Wellington, New Zealand

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Job Description

Located in Wellington

Salary range $64,363 – $96,544 (negotiable based on experience)Flexible working options negotiable

Do you have a language degree, but aren’t sure where you can use those skills?

Are you a Business Analyst, interested in moving to the development side of things?

Are you a Teacher, looking to make a career change?

Are you an avid reader with an interest in the tech industry?

Regardless of your background, if you’re looking for a challenge, and are willing to put in the work? Read on to see if you have the kind of skills we’re looking for.


The Ministry of Education is upgrading its aging computer systems.

One of the components of the new system is software called Oracle Policy Automation (OPA). OPA can do several things. One of those things is that it lets you create computer programs using plain English (instead of writing in a computer language like Python or Java – that part is all handled behind-the-scenes).

e.g. If you typed into OPA:

the school is eligible for the ABCD Credit if the school applied for the ABCD Credit before the relevant cut off date

You would then have a (very small) computer program that can work out whether a school is eligible for a credit, by asking the user a single question (whether or not the school applied before their cut off date).

Everything else builds from that first small step.

Position purpose

The Business Rules Specialist will provide work, advice and support as needed for OPA-related projects within the Ministry of Education.

Initially, work requests will only relate to the Education Resourcing System (ERS) project, but will potentially be for other applications that use OPA once the ERS is fully up-and-running.

What kind of work would I be doing?

Your first few months on the job will mostly consist of training and coaching in all aspects of the role.

You’ll start out learning how to use the OPA software, and branch out from there.

Once trained, or if you’re already experienced with OPA, you’ll start working as a part of a small team. The Ministry’s OPA team has only recently been formed, so you’ll be getting in at the ground floor.

On any given day you could find yourself:

  • writing or testing a rulebase (computer program)
  • learning how to use new software /computer languages
  • meeting with business representatives or technical experts
  • training other people to use OPA
  • checking for mistakes in a document
  • deciding if a sentence has the right nuance for what you need
  • working your way backwards through a calculation to find the problem with it
  • experimenting to see the effects of changes to your rules (policy modelling)
  • providing advice on how/whether to make a change
  • presenting to a group of people, either about OPA itself or a given piece of work
  • testing/suggesting improvements to things you think could be done better.

What experience do I need?

No experience is required. Full training and support will be provided.

That said, any of the following would be an advantage to your application:

  • Experience at reading/understanding complex written English
  • Experience with business requirements / business analysis
  • Experience with Oracle Policy Automation or another business rules engine
  • Knowledge of existing Ministry of Education work, technologies and applications
  • Experience in policy interpretation / analysis
  • Experience with work planning, scoping, estimating

What skills/personal qualities should I have?

To succeed in the role, you’ll need:

General skills

  • Excellent written English skills
  • Basic mathematical skills (basic calculations, percentages, the Order of Operations etc)
  • Excellent logical skills
  • Ability to learn and apply new concepts quickly

Personality traits

  • Ability to retain a positive attitude and sense of humor, even when things get tough or seem unclear
  • Willingness to dive head-first into unknown waters, learning to swim as you go
  • Ability to ask for help when struggling
  • Ability to self-motivate and take initiative when things need doing
  • Willingness to admit mistakes and take steps to resolve them
  • Excellent work ethic and personal integrity
  • Ability to handle change
  • Willingness to keep learning new things

To apply (or for a confidential discussion), please forward your CV in Word format and a cover letter explaining your suitability for the position to Yvette Hartley at Yvette.hartley@education.govt.nz

Only applicants with the right to live and work in NZ can be considered.

How to Apply

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 27 August. Please review the position description by copy and pasting this link into your browser: http://expressonline.hainesattract.co.nz/pdfs/598967_JobDesc.pdf Please click here to apply online now.

Job Categories: Education / Training. Job Types: Full-Time.

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