Principal Policy Advisor

Date:  23-Jun-2022

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Lead the development of the government’s circular economy and bioeconomy strategy
  • Work within a lively and stimulating team to identify New Zealand's medium- to long-term economic challenges and opportunities
  • Improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders by helping to build a more productive, sustainable and inclusive economy
  • $132,417 - $160,472 18 month fixed-term position

Tēnei tūranga -

About the role:

What we do

Strategic Policy is looking for an inquisitive and experienced Principal Policy Advisor to join our high-performing team. We are looking for someone who can help develop economic advice and thinking by bringing policy, analytical and strategy skills to bear on issues that matter for the future wellbeing of New Zealanders.
Strategic Policy is part of the Economic Strategy Branch in the Strategic Policy and Programmes business group. We have a shared mission of ‘Looking ahead, working across – Haumi ē, Hui ē, Tāiki e!' by providing strategic and system-focused advice for MBIE and our Ministers.

Why work for us?

It is an exciting time to be working in economic strategy! Our economy is likely to go through substantial change in response to domestic and global challenges and opportunities, such as climate change, demographic change and globalisation.
The team is in a unique position to develop new thinking and provide advice to Government on how we build a more productive, sustainable and inclusive New Zealand economy.


The role

A core part of the role will be to:

  • Lead the development of the government’s circular economy and bioeconomy strategy, one of the actions in its Emissions Reduction Plan
  • Lead a $3.1m (over three years) research and engagement programme to build an evidence base for the strategy
  • Engage with other government agencies and stakeholders on the circular economy and bioeconomy work programme
  • Build a strong understanding of New Zealand's economic system and shape MBIE's advice on the economy
  • Work in a multidisciplinary team and supporting more junior team members in their development
  • Push the boundaries of economic thinking and focus on New Zealand's long-term future
  • Help shape MBIE's strategic direction in order to help achieve the organisation's economic goals

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and experience required:


To work in this role you'll love an intellectual challenge and won't be afraid of ambiguity.


We are looking for someone with:


  • The ability to scope and lead projects and work programmes
  • Strong stakeholder relationship building, influencing and engagement skills to gain the cooperation and commitment of others
  • Experience developing and applying frameworks in a range of policy contexts
  • Experience providing robust policy analysis, advice and intellectual leadership
  • The ability to assist and challenge other policy teams across MBIE to think laterally about policy issues and solutions
  • Passion and ability to foster an open, collaborative environment that encourages quality, innovation, on-going learning and knowledge sharing

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 Jessica Dalbeth at quoting ref MBIE/6343 if you have any further questions.


Applications close on Thursday 7 July 2022