Job Opportunities - Racing Integrity Unit

posted Feb 9, 2020, 2:35 PM by Rick Quirk   [ updated Feb 9, 2020, 2:38 PM ]
Racing Integrity Unit - Stipendiary Steward and Trainee Stipendiary Steward.

Location: the roles can be based in the Auckland/Waikato, Central Districts or Canterbury areas.

The Racing Integrity Unit Ltd is an independent organisation charged with managing integrity issues within the New Zealand racing industry.  Bringing together Stipendiary Steward and Racecourse Investigator functions for the three codes – harness, thoroughbred and greyhound, the RIU is responsible for investigating and prosecuting breaches of the Rules of Racing.

Due to ongoing staffing requirements and succession planning, opportunities exist within the RIU for Stipendiary Stewards and Trainee Stipendiary Stewards.

These roles will, along with the other members of the RIU team, contribute to the effective operation of racing and ensure that rules and regulations both on and off course are followed and are fully adhered too, with the result that racing is conducted with integrity and there is enhanced public confidence in our industry. 

The roles include but are not limited to carrying out Stipendiary Steward duties at race meetings and trials, venue and track inspections, establishing effective relationships with industry participants, visiting stables and kennels and involvement in mentoring and training apprentices and junior drivers.
The people we are looking for will have a passion for and a knowledge of the racing industry. It is essential you are capable of dealing with pressure situations and can demonstrate an ability to apply decisions consistently and objectively.

You will need to be prepared to work as a Stipendiary Steward across all three codes.  Work involves a five day roster with a requirement to work outside normal office hours.
A knowledge and competence in computer technology is required and experience in G apps Word and Excel would be an advantage.
You will have energy, enthusiasm, a passion for the racing industry and a willingness to embrace change.
To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to 
Applications close on Friday 28 February 2020 at 5.00pm.

Position Description – Stipendiary Steward


Stipendiary Steward

Reporting to

Chief Stipendiary Steward



Contractual Status



January 2020

About Us

The Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) is an independent organisation charged with protecting the integrity of the Thoroughbred, Harness and Greyhound Racing Industries within New Zealand. The RIU is jointly owned by the three racing codes and the NZ Racing Board each holding a 25% share.

The RIU manages the application of, and adherence to, the Rules of Racing for each code, ensuring consistency of application, prosecution and decision making. It provides the Racing Industry with an independent and objective service ensuring compliance with the Rules of Racing across all three codes so that racing is conducted in a manner that is free of corruption or malpractice.

Functional Relationships/Purpose of the Role

Stipendiary Stewards report to the Chief Stipendiary Steward of each code who report to the General Manager Stewards who is responsible for the overall Stewarding operation. In turn the General Manager Stewards reports to the General Manager who is accountable to the RIU Board.

Stipendiary Stewards are responsible for the effective and legally compliant operation of race day’s on-course. Stipendiary Stewards work with all three codes and are required to identify breaches of the Rules of Racing and that matters of concern are identified. 

Stipendiary Stewards will establish key relationships with owners, drivers, jockeys, club officials and other industry related personnel.


Key Accountabilities

Business and Projects 

  • Race day Duties 

  • Identify breaches of the Rules of Racing on Race day On-course. 

  • Work as part of an on-course team to ensure the compliant operation of racing including the conducting of drug testing as required.

  • Undertake full investigations and lead prosecutions before racing tribunals

  • Assist in completing race day reports

  • Ensure a high profile presence on-course

Non Race day Duties

  • Carry out venue and track inspections where required.

  • Issuing of track ratings

  • Provide support and mentoring to participants regarding compliance within the industry including apprentice jockeys, drivers, and trainers.

  • Inspection of stables/kennel facilities when required

  • Contributes to the development of policies and strategies in relation to the stewarding and integrity services

  • Assists the Chief Stipendiary Steward with administrative functions.

Customer Service

  • Establishes effective relationships with all industry participants 

  • Displays a can do attitude and goes the extra mile to ensure that high levels of integrity are maintained within the industry.

  • Displays a proactive approach to raising issues and problems with industry participants


  • Ensures that own operations are conducted within financial delegations and adheres to established financial processes and procedures.

  • Ensures that own expenditure displays an awareness of the need to minimise costs.


  • Supports, coaches and assists in training trainee stewards 

  • Contributes to performance assessments of trainee stewards

  • Supports other team members in day to day functions 

Health & Safety

Ensuring a healthy and safe working environment for employees and customers is very important to the Racing Industry.  As an employee of the Tri-Codes Integrity Unit you will be expected to:

Share in the responsibility for the health and safety of yourself and others in your work environment. Ensure work related activities are carried out in accordance with the unit’s safe operating procedures and report hazards, accidents, incidents near misses in a timely and accurate way.

You will also be expected to maintain familiarity and demonstrate commitment to the RIU’s H&S policy and systems.  Understand and endorse Health and Safety initiatives and safe work practices and participate in H&S planning and reporting for areas you control.

Key Competencies

Self Management

  • Demonstrates a flexible approach to working hours, acknowledging the need to work around industry requirements. Maintains a healthy work/personal life balance

  • Proactively seeks work when situation permits

  • Able to contribute to team situation. Respects the views of others and challenges the status quo

Task Management

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritise, plan and organise own work. Ensures that deadlines and timeframes are able to be met.

  • Able to manage multiple projects with competing timeframes.

  • Operates in a no surprises environment, ensuring that information is passed on to those who need it and that identified risks to the operation of the industry are raised.

Decision Making

  • Able to assess and read situations and adapt actions to meet the needs of the situation.

  • Able to use diplomacy and tact when dealing with difficult decisions and able to reach good outcomes for the industry

  • Able to reach decisions which withstand the consideration of peers within the industry

  • Ensures that personal views do not overly influence own actions and decisions

  • Ensures that decisions enhance the integrity and reputation of racing within New Zealand.

Analytical Thinking

  • Sound ability to analyse and research issues, able to reach conclusions based on factual information and make sound decisions based on objective consideration of the facts.

  • High level of writing skills required and the demonstrated ability to present information effectively.

Person Specification 

  • Show integrity in carrying out the role

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with industry participants

  • Prepared to accept change and bring a can do attitude to issues that arise

  • Reach well reasoned decisions.

  • Accepts responsibility for problem solving and developing workable solutions.

  • High level of written and verbal communication skills

  • Conducts own activities with a high level of personal integrity and ensures that their own level of credibility remains high with industry participants

  • Respects the views of other and contributes to discussion of issues

Licences and Qualifications 

  • A clean drivers licence is essential for this role


  • Extensive and current knowledge of the Rules of Racing across all three codes

  • Demonstrated ability to establish networks and relationships with industry participants

  • Experience in investigative work is desirable.