General Manager Employment, Skills and Immigration Policy

Date:  05-Aug-2022

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE

•    Be a trusted advisor to the Group's Deputy Secretary and Leadership Team for our Labour, Science and Enterprise Group (LSE)
•    Bring your strategic capabilities and operational nous to design and deliver a range of MBIE’s strategic initiatives
•    Permanent position, Wellington based
•    Appointing salary range: $231,834 - $286,384 with appointing salary determined on a candidate’s experience, capability and internal relativities

Tēnei tūranga -

About the role:


As the General Manager, Employment, Skills and Immigration Policy you will be responsible for leading the delivery of policy advice relating to skills, employment, immigration, the labour market, and human capital to support MBIE’s strategic directions. The branch is correspondingly accountable for wider immigration policy objectives which supports economic growth including access through the global labour market and the growth of New Zealand’s export markets and investments into New Zealand. 

Reporting directly to the Deputy Secretary for Labour, Science and Enterprise this is a pivotal senior leadership position within MBIE and across government and requires an individual with extensive experience in strategic management and leadership within a large and complex organisation.  Your ability to work with stakeholders inside and outside of Government, plan and prioritise resources and provide timely, quality advice will enable success in this complex and challenging environment 


Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and experience required:


We are interested to hear from candidates with the following skills and experience:

•    Ability to quickly establish and build strong internal and external working relationships including Ministers, senior public service officials and industry leaders
•    You will have proven people centric leadership skills including demonstrated ability to engage and motivate staff and an ability to build strong, high performing teams in a complex organisation
•    Demonstrated ability to think strategically and work through complex situations with high ambiguity
•    Experience working in government with a good understanding of government processes
•    You have proven experience leading the development and delivery of policy advice at a senior level

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 Chow at quoting ref MBIE/7649 if you have any further questions.

Applications close on Sunday, 21 August 2022.