Vector Limited

Graduate Programme - Climate Change Data Scientist

Sep 16, 2023

Auckland, New Zealand

Job Description

Graduate Programme 2024
Vector is excited to invite expressions of interest for its Graduate Programme 2024 intake. With positions available in key business areas such as Finance, Climate Change and VTS (Vector Technology Solutions), graduates can look forward to gaining exposure to multiple teams, functions and projects within their chosen business area over the course of the programme.

Climate Change Data Scientist
If you’re looking for meaningful mahi, you’ve come to the right place. Energise your career with Vector and enjoy the sort of job satisfaction you get from knowing that your mahi is at the forefront of innovation and fundamentally doing good not just across Tāmaki Makaurau but Aotearoa as well.

As the effects of climate change become increasingly pronounced, this graduate pathway will analyse climate change data and overlay this with the Vector network to determine risks such as flooding, drought and fire. You’ll play a central role in Vector’s ability to prepare itself for increasingly frequent extreme weather events, and help inform wider public policy and regulations.

Due to the cutting-edge nature of this role, you’ll need to be prepared to learn significantly on the job, and have natural leadership skills. You’ll collaborate with the likes of NIWA, the University of Auckland and Climsystems, as well as stakeholders across the Vector organisation, so you can look forward to building a robust network in this field. There is also the opportunity for transitioning this role into a PhD for those interested.

As this is uncharted terrain, you’ll need to be up for the challenge: keen to grow yourself as a thought-leader for something that will have a positive impact on millions of lives and as a pioneer for an industry in transformation, and with a fire in the belly for driving forward the decarbonisation of the energy sector.

Who we are looking for

  • You might be studying computer science, mathematics with a data science focus, or engineering with a solid programming capability. Post-grad applications are very welcome
  • You are literate in data and code (Python is ideal), and you thrive when faced with the challenge of learning something hard, fast
  • You’re excited by the unknown, with the ability to self-learn, and are comfortable communicating, presenting, and collaborating with people from around the business
  • Knowledge and experience in climate-science, GIS, electricity networks, and back-end programming is valuable but not required. We can support your development in these areas.
  • You’ll be driven by the opportunity to play a key role in preparing Tāmaki Makaurau and Aotearoa to adapt to the effects of climate change.

What we can offer you
You will sit in the sustainability team, which focuses on the management of the decarbonisation and climate change adaptation strategies. You will report to and be mentored by the GM Sustainability, who is an energy systems engineer by background, with expertise in data science and climate change.

Ultimately, Vector as an organisation is held by our guiding principles which is to create a new energy future, which you will be part of. Beyond this, we also offer:

  • A fun, flexible and stimulating work environment, full of interesting work being done by smart and innovative people
  • Flexibility, including the choice of working from home a couple of days a week, and flexible start and finish times so you can balance work and life
  • Health and wellbeing support
  • Great benefits that reflect the importance of family

Vector engages a workforce made up of people and teams with diverse skills, values, backgrounds and experiences. We respect and value people who are different from each other, including gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, race and religion.  We are proud of what we have achieved so far:

  • First corporate Living Wage Accredited employer
  • First Accessibility Tick employer 
  • Rainbow Tick accredited
  • Winner of three gongs at the 2019 Diversity Awards NZ, including the Supreme Award in 2019 and 2020.


About Us
If you love working with a diverse group of people who are all about putting the customer at the centre and enabling choice, you’ve found the right company. The energy sector is transforming at a rate of knots, and we want you to join us and be part of this transformation. Vector is a proudly Aotearoa-owned company, which operates a range of innovative businesses delivering energy and communication services to more than one million homes and commercial customers across Australasia and the Pacific. These services include electricity and gas connections, solar solutions, high speed fibre, BBQ gas bottles, air and water purification and much more – all of which are transforming the energy sector in one way or another.

Because we live in a world that is changing fast, we must continue to identify and develop better solutions that will provide value, choice and service for our customers throughout New Zealand and beyond, so the environment and communities we love continue to thrive. To do this, Vector has a vision of creating a new energy future, which will help to deliver clean, reliable and affordable energy solutions for customers.

Applications will close Sunday 8 October 2023; however, interviews may be held earlier, so apply today!

If you require assistance or accessibility support from us during the application and selection process, please do get in touch with us on 09 213 0268.

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