Team Leader - Trade Facilitation

Date:  14-Sep-2022

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Come and lead a team that operates at the juncture of international and domestic policy, helping to shape outcomes that improve opportunities for New Zealand businesses and consumers
  • A great opportunity to make your mark in a newly established leadership position
  • Salary Range $132,417 - $160,472 p.a. plus kiwisaver, wellbeing benefits, and flexible work options


Tēnei tūranga -

About the role:

MBIE’s work on trade and international issues lies at the nexus of New Zealand’s trade strategy and domestic economic policy. We promote business innovation, competition and trade flows through the integration of domestic and international regulation, standards and rules. Our work supports New Zealand’s economic development through trade and international co-operation.


We have a new vacancy for a Team Leader to manage the Trade Facilitation team. This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the new team’s work programme and provide strategic direction over policy and regulatory settings that influence New Zealand’s international trade. The team are responsible for the Standards and Conformance System, policy on Technical Barriers to Trade, and other aspects of our trade policy such as New Zealand’s tariff regime. The team work closely with domestic regulators and trading partners to ensure that regulations, standards, and processes in New Zealand and those markets we trade into do not inadvertently create trade barriers. The team has oversight of a Crown Entity and jointly oversee a trans-Tasman entity with the Australian government.


The team has a busy international work programme and lead our engagement in relevant WTO and APEC committees, trans-Tasman fora, as well as negotiating and implementing the Technical Barriers to Trade chapters in New Zealand’s Free Trade Agreements. This is an interesting time to be working on international issues and will provide opportunities for innovation and leadership where your expertise can be used to help shape domestic and international thinking on regulatory settings and their impact on New Zealand’s trade.


If you are motivated to lead others and apply and develop your knowledge of regulatory systems and trade, we are keen to hear from you.


The team leader will be responsible for the line management and development of 3 to 4 policy professionals, and will be part of a wider leadership team. The role reports to the Manager Trade and International and is based in Wellington.


Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and experience required:

We're looking for someone who enjoys analysing regulatory and policy issues and finding solutions that advance and protect New Zealand’s interests.  In particular, we value candidates with:


  • A strong interest in developing our people and your leadership skills
  • An ability to set strategic direction and work collaboratively with a diverse set of stakeholders, including in an international environment
  • Strong experience of the policy making process and/or strong experience of working in a regulatory environment


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/8330 if you have any further questions.

Applications close on 30 Sep 2022