Policy Advisor (Employment Relations Policy Team)

Date:  15-Sep-2022

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

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Opportunities to work in exciting projects within the Workplace, Relation and Safety branch
  • Permanent opportunities based either in Wellington, Christchurch or Auckland
  • Flexible work options available
  • Salary Steps: $69k - $88k


Tēnei tūranga -

About the role:

We are looking for Policy Advisors to join the Employment Relations Policy Team in MBIE’s Workplace, Relations and Safety branch. The team develops advice and provides analysis on the employment relations system, including its core regulatory framework and settings. Our work is all about the relationship between employers and workers. It is often high profile, involves really interesting trade-offs, and is usually fast paced. Our team is supportive and close-knit. 

We have a range of exciting opportunities in the team. You will be able to play a role in the areas that we are currently working on, or that are on the horizon, such as Fair Pay Agreements, bullying and harassment at work, addressing gender and ethnic pay gaps through pay transparency, and looking at our dispute resolution system. 

The other teams in the Workplace Relations and Safety branch work on policy projects relating to international labour, health and safety, employment standards and accident compensation. We work in a collaborative environment to deliver the government’s priorities – with the wide variety of work across the branch there are often development opportunities to work with other teams on projects that will help you grow and build your experience and work towards your career goals.


What we can offer

Our work is interesting, high-priority and can result in big impacts for everyday New Zealanders. Our projects often involve regulatory change so you will get the opportunity to be involved in government and parliamentary processes, and in policies which will make a difference in the lives of people at work. 


We have a flat structure where you will be talking directly to Ministers and stakeholders about your work. Our team works closely with our operational counterparts, so you’ll get good experience at making sure our policies are well implemented.


We offer a supportive culture where you are encouraged to lead, and thoughtful peer review from colleagues across the branch is the norm. Working alongside experienced and supportive policy professionals you will be able to develop and apply your public policy skills and experience to make a difference for New Zealanders.


Some of our best people are part-time or work flexibly, and we are really open to those options. For candidates outside Wellington, we want to make sure you are supported, so experienced policy advisors based in Auckland or Christchurch (where MBIE already has cohorts of policy people) are also invited to apply. 

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and experience required:

We are looking for motivated people with some experience in solving problems and formulating high-quality policy advice.

Ideally you will:

  • have a good base of experience in public policy as a Policy Advisor and/or transferrable skills from an advisory, legal or similar role
  • have an understanding of the machinery of government and Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • be a logical thinker, problem solver and have a healthy level of curiosity
  • bring knowledge of policy development disciplines and processes
  • enjoy working on complex problems, generating ideas and coming up with solutions
  • have the ability to build relationships with others and work collaboratively
  • be able to work through ambiguity and deliver results.


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 monica.chow2@mbie.govt.nz quoting ref MBIE/8256 if you have any further questions.

Applications close on 2 Oct 2022.