Product Development Manager - Sorted in Schools


Join an organisation transforming how we achieve sustained behaviour change with financial capability for New Zealander’s.

Position purpose

The Product Development Manager is part of the CFFC schools’ team and is responsible for the development of financial capability teaching and learning resources for years 9-13 for English Medium Education. In addition, the role provides support to the Schools Relationship Manager by building relationships in the secondary school sector and supporting educators to implement the Sorted in Schools programme.

The Product Development Manager plays an integral role in overseeing the day-to-day operations for developing product for English Medium Education, as well as supporting the overall programme’s strategic goals. To be successful in this role is vital that the Product Development Manager has knowledge and understanding of the New Zealand curriculum and education system, has led the development of teaching, learning and assessment resources, and has existing relationships in the secondary education sector.

Key aspects of the role include:

  • Leading and managing the Sorted in Schools product development for English Medium Education.
  • Developing outstanding partnerships with suppliers is critical to the success of the Sorted in Schools programme.
  • Supporting the Schools Relationship Manager to build relationships in secondary schools and supporting educators to implement the programme.
  • Supporting strategies and operational plans within the Sorted in Schools team.

Key tasks and accountabilities

Product Development

  • Lead the product development and continuous improvement of financial capability teaching, learning and assessment resources for years 9-13 that are aligned to the New Zealand Curriculum for English Medium Education.
  • Develop and manage outstanding relationships with external providers critical to the success of the Sorted in Schools programme.
  • Lead the product development of interactive financial capability resources by collaborating closely with the digital team and external providers.
  • Engage and consult with stakeholders throughout the product development process to ensure their needs are understood and reflected in the learning programmes / products.

Programme support and success

  • Provide strategic programme planning in collaboration with the National Manager to ensure the Sorted in Schools programme has a measurable impact.
  • Implement and manage changes and interventions led by the National Manager to ensure overall programme goals are achieved.
  • Produce accurate and timely reporting of the English Medium programme status.
  • Provide analysis and mitigation opportunities of the English Medium programme risks, escalating to the National Manager as per agreed programme processes.

Growing participation in the Sorted in Schools programme

  • Supporting the Schools Relationship Manager to drive new, and build on existing, strong networks across the secondary school sector to enhance participation and engagement with the programme.

Developing and maintaining positive working relationships with senior leadership and teachers

  • Supporting the Schools Relationship Manager to attend key secondary school sector focussed conferences, events and meetings to raise awareness of, and engagement with, the programme. 

Providing guidance to teachers and students

  • Supporting the Schools Relationship Manager to work alongside school leadership and teachers to support and guide the integration of the programme into a school’s curriculum and/or teacher’s unit plans.
  • Supporting the Schools Relationship Manager to deliver presentations/workshops on the programme at school leadership and teacher focussed conferences and meetings.
  • Work with the Sorted in Schools Team to develop and implement ways to improve the user experience and outcomes for students.


  • Support the National Manager to develop a customer centric, high performing team that is committed to enhancing the financial capability of young New Zealanders.
  • Understand and support CFFC’s strategic priorities and communicate these effectively to peers and across a broad stakeholder group.

Team contribution

  • Develop, nurture and grow internal cross functional relationships critical to the success of the Sorted in Schools programme.
  • Effectively communicate with other members of the Sorted in Schools team on opportunities to improve the Sorted in Schools programme.
  • Display and actively promote our vision and mission.
  • Behave and act in a matter that is in line with and promotes our values.
  • Provide Sorted in Schools team members with feedback, support and advice.
  • Encourage teamwork and mutual respect.
  • Attend appropriate meetings and actively contribute.
  • Work within legislative and organisational guidelines, policies and procedures.

Health and safety

  • Support the National Manager to ensure we create a culture where health and safety if paramount.
  • Continually assess and promote safe working conditions for all employees.
  • Ensure all accidents, incidents and hazards are reported accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Actively promote and support the health & safety policy and procedures.

Other duties

  • Fulfil other duties as required by management and other department personnel as requested/required.

Skills and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent workplace experience in a related field.
  • At least 10+ years’ experience in the New Zealand education system with a good understanding of the secondary education environment.
  • Proven experience developing paper base and online teaching and learning resources with a specific emphasis on NZC senior year levels (i.e. NCEA level 1-3).
  • Understanding of the NZ curriculum for years 9-13 and its implementation on how it can impact on teachers and learners.
  • Proven stakeholder management skills.
  • Outstanding relationship building skills.
  • Experience in facilitating to larger groups.
  • Competency in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Adept at reporting to multiple stakeholders internally and externally.Willing to travel within New Zealand.

What we offer

  • A flexible work life balance approach
  • A passionate and innovative team environment - we're not your typical government agency
  • A people-centric culture focused on wellness, teamwork, diversity and flexibility
  • Stunning Britomart offices, sea views, and only 2 minutes from the train station
  • The ability to be part of an organisation making a difference to the lives of New Zealanders.

For more information about CFFC and what we do, see our Statement of Intent 2017/20.

About the Commission for Financial Capability

We're on a mission to help New Zealanders of all ages make informed decisions throughout their lives that will help them get ahead financially. 

The Commission for Financial Capability doesn't have an exciting name, yet our approach is anything but dull. You might know us for our award-winning website, but there's much more to us than that. 

As a thought leader in our field, CFFC is shifting the way people think about and manage their money. We lead the way in achieving sustained behaviour change in New Zealanders’ financial capability.

Together with a range of partners, we are building wealth and wellbeing for the retirees of today and tomorrow.