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​Graduate programme

Procurement is one of the fastest-growing and most sought-after skill sets across the world. Kickstart your career through one of the most rewarding graduate programmes – The New Zealand Government Procurement Programme.

3 reasons to start your career in procurement:

  1. Variety of roles.
  2. Attractive and competitive salary.
  3. Support better social, cultural and economic outcomes.

The procurement graduate programme is the only procurement programme offered in the public sector. It has been created to develop tomorrow’s procurement leaders. If you’re looking for an opportunity to enter the world of procurement, this graduate pathway is a great place to start. We need great communicators, passionate collaborators, big-picture thinkers and driven problem-solvers.

If you want to make a direct impact helping government agencies achieve their strategic and commercial outcomes and deliver value for New Zealanders, the procurement graduate programme is the one for you.

Recruiting for the graduate procurement programme


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One of the cool projects that I got to work on was procuring grounds management staff here at Government House. So some of the things that we needed to think about was bringing a 21st century approach to gardening, but also honouring the treaty of Waitangi, and the traditions of government house. There is a bunch of native flora and the reason for that is when VIPs come we want them to be immersed in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Tēnā kotou katoa, kō Manaaki tōku nei ingoa, he uri tēnei nō Ngāpuhi and I’m a Procurement Graduate.

Hi I'm Belinda Bui and I'm a procurement graduate. I'm currently at the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Kia ora, I'm Jacinta Taliauli and I'm in my final rotation at the Ministry of Business Innovation and employment.

Procurement work is more than just buying stuff.

Buying stuff is just single event. Procurement is planning, sourcing and managing of goods and services over time.

It's interesting work that can take you into a huge variety of industries.

And in government procurement can have a massive impact on the growth and success of New Zealand.

With an annual spend of 41 billion dollars, we can have a collective approach to achieve amazing social and economic outcomes.

Like better conditions for workers, better access to business or ways to reduce emissions.

In public service we have some big goals and procurement teams are the people who plan, source and buy the goods and services for required to achieve those goals.

Government procurement is a big responsibility to spend tax payers’ money efficiently and that makes it a rewarding career.

The variety of work is also good for the soul as we look towards a sustainable economy which lifts the living standards for all of New Zealand.

The Procurement Graduate Programme is an exciting two year programme designed to recruit, and develop top quality procurement professionals.

You’ll work on some exciting high value projects across the public sector…

…and you’ll spend your time rotating between four different programme partners across the public sector.

You’ll be working with some of the country’s best procurement experts. As well as fantastic on the job experience, we’ll help you study towards a valuable procurement qualification.

Applications for the Procurement Graduate Programme open soon but you can contact us any time for more details.

Programme details

Our programme is a unique 2-year programme consisting of four placements across our partner government agencies. You will have access to mentoring opportunities, a buddy programme, networking events and training and support towards professional development.

Placements are available in both Auckland and Wellington.


  • Fast-track growing your expertise in procurement and refining your commercial and relationship management skills.
  • Work on interesting projects and gain a breadth of practical experiences in procurement across different sectors, for example ICT, infrastructure, health and social services.
  • Gain exposure and make connections with a wide network of experienced procurement professionals.
  • A cohort of fellow graduates to support you on your journey.
  • Obtain an internationally recognised qualification in procurement through the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

Who should apply

We are open to students from a variety of degrees and tertiary backgrounds. We’re looking for people with the right combination of personal qualities, including enthusiasm, drive and commitment. You need to be a recent graduate, or a student in your final year of study in 2024 and have the right to live and work in New Zealand.

We are looking for talent who:

  • can easily adapt and work fluidly in fast-paced, ever-changing environments 
  • are engaging, dynamic and eager to learn
  • can demonstrate leadership skills and are solutions-focused thinkers.

Selection stages

There are four stages to our selection process; you will only be progressed to the next stage should your application meet our predefined criterion. The selection stages are:

  1. Online application form (you’ll be asked to upload your CV, official or unofficial academic record and answer some introductory questions so we can get to know you.)
  2. Competency-based video interview
  3. Written assessment
  4. Panel interview

More information

Visit Careers New Zealand for information on the procurement industry

For more information about the programme, email the graduate programme team.