Senior Technical Advisor

Date:  23 May 2023

Auckland, NZ, 1010 Christchurch, NZ, 8013 Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Utilise your regulatory leadership skills and immigration understanding
  • Can be based in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch
  • Interesting, varied and challenging role
  • Work in a dynamic, fast paced environment in a close-knit and supportive team
  • Salary  -  $81,942-$97,832

Tēnei tūranga - About the Role:


Occupational Regulation is a cross-sector team responsible for several different occupational licensing and registration schemes, which currently includes Electrical Workers, Licensed Building Practitioners, Immigration Advisers, Motor Vehicle Traders, Auctioneers and Pool Inspectors. Over time other licensing/registration schemes might come into or out of Occupational Regulation. 

We’re currently looking for a Senior Technical Advisor to join the team.  In this role you will be responsible for providing high quality technical advice, in support of Occupational Licensing/Registration functions, to practitioners, stakeholders and the wider Occupation Regulation and making decisions under delegation and/or support to the appropriate person for making statutory decisions for licensing, assessments and examinations. 

You will also manage complex technical work, provide expert technical advice and thought leadership within your sphere of expertise to solve issues. Through this, you’ll also contribute to the direction set for the team and regulatory regimes the team supports.   

You are a positive, energetic self-starter who will be expected to perform core delegated duties as well as provide expert advice on regulatory, licensing or registration matters and assist the Registrar of Electrical Workers, the Registrar Building Practitioner Licensing, the Registrar of Immigration Advisers and Team Leaders and staff within the Occupational Licensing Team. You will take the lead on projects and move to implement regulatory levers to ensure the occupational regimes are operating at an optimal level. 

Your work will contribute to the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of the entire regulatory system by ensuring that best practice is followed, processes and procedures are efficient, and the right advice is available. You will be proactive and exercise influence to change regulatory settings and processes.

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and Experience Required

  • Significant industry experience as a thought leader in the immigration regulatory system, this includes knowledge of current immigration law, policy, procedures, guidelines, and occupational licensing requirements
  • A demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the principles of occupational regulation, natural justice, and fairness
  • Capability to establish positive external relationships with a wide variety of organisations, groups, and individuals
  • Excellent writing skills, that is the ability to present ideas, information, and advice, in a way that is understandable and acceptable by a range of audiences
  • Strong analytical skills and a demonstrated ability to exercise sound, reasoned judgement and decision making
  • You must have the legal right to live and work in New Zealand

All applicants who are not compliant with s76 of the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007 - Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007 No 15 (as at 07 August 2020), Public Act Contents – New Zealand Legislation will not considered for this role

Ētahi kōrero mō MBIE - About MBIE:


MBIE's goal is to create a resilient and high-performing economy that delivers real and ongoing quality of life for all New Zealanders.

We do this by working with others to create an environment that supports businesses to be more productive and internationally competitive, enables all New Zealanders to participate in the economy through improved job opportunities and by working to ensure quality housing is more affordable.

People are at the heart of our mahi, our way of working is guided by our values which shape our behaviours.

  • Mahi Tahi – Better Together
  • Māia – Bold and brave
  • Pae Kahurangi – Build our Future
  • Pono Me Te Tika – Own It


Our aspirations are echoed in our Māori identity – Hīkina Whakatutuki – which broadly means ‘lifting to make successful'.

MBIE recognises the partnership founded under Te Tiriti o Waitangi between Māori and the Crown and is committed to giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We will do this through enduring, meaningful and effective partnerships with iwi, Māori, other Māori groups/organisations and the Crown, as this is critical to enable economic and social development, both for Māori and for wider Aotearoa New Zealand. We are committed to continuing to partner with iwi in order to find new sustainable solutions to address long standing systemic and cross-cutting issues facing Māori and wider Aotearoa New Zealand and we are also committed to identifying opportunities for iwi to lead and creating an enabling environment for iwi to leverage these opportunities.

E mōhio ana a Hīkina Whakatutuki i puea ake te kōtuinga I waenganui i a ngāi Māori me te Karauna i Te Tiriti o Waitangi, ā, kei te whai ia ki te whakaū ake i Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Mā te whai kiko o ngā kōtuinga ahungaroa o ngāi wi, o ngāi Māori, me ētahi atu rōpū Māori ki te Karauna, katutuki tēnei. He āhuatanga nui tēnei e āhei ai ngā mahi whanaketanga ā-ohanga, ā-pāpori hoki ki a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui. E whai tonu ana mātou ki te kōtui atu ki ngā iwi mō te rapu huarahi hou ki te whakaara i ngā kaupapakua roa nei e tāmi ana i a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui, ā, e whai ana hoki ki te tautohu i ngā āheinga kōkiritanga mā ngā iwi, me te tautoko i ngā iwi kia whai mana ake ai ēnei āheinga.

Me pēhea te tono - How to Apply:

Click here to view a position description. All applications must be submitted via our online process and include a Cover Letter and CV outlining your interest and suitability for the role. 


Email Sarah Hutcheson at quoting ref MBIE/11670 if you have any further questions.


Applications close on Sunday 4 June 2023