Senior Policy Advisor

Date:  14-Jun-2022

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE

  • Support business investment and contribute to economic development and transitions
  • Work with senior Ministers, engage and manage diverse stakeholders
  • Shape early stage capital markets and work with the newly formed Start-up Council
  • Help improve access to finance for small and medium-sized firms
  • Salary step:  $101,940 - $132,417

Tēnei tūranga -

About the role:

The Senior Advisor helps enable Investment Policy’s three priorities:

  • Supporting early-stage Capital Markets
  • Improving SME Access to Finance and
  • Investment Attraction

There is an opportunity to work with the newly constituted Start up Council ( ) and help to shape the government’s investment in early stage capital markets (including policy on Aspire and the Elevate fund of funds managed by NZGCP) and/or lean into other parts of the investment policy work programme to align with your strengths (investment attraction or access to finance for SMEs).

Our work involves strategic and practical ideas and advice. Whether you are focusing on investment attraction, finance for SMEs, or early stage capital markets, the role will require good relationship management, critical thinking, and ultimately making recommendations to Ministers that are both principled and practical.


Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and experience required:

You are likely to have experience in sometimes complex policy formulation and possibly also in investment policy and economics. Your well-practiced skill set and work style should work in harmony with our team.


  • Broad ranging knowledge and ideally some experience in economics, finance and/or investment policy environments
  • Experience in developing policy advice for Ministers
  • Experience with stakeholder engagement & management
  • Strong critical thinking skills and the ability to think laterally and put forward a well-argued case
  • A good tertiary qualification


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.  Email Monica at quoting ref MBIE/6590 if you have any further questions.

Applications close on 20 July 2022.