Senior Policy Advisor(Employment Standards Policy)

Date:  16-Sep-2022

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

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Join the high performing team to lead development of policy and strategy projects
  • Flexibility with hours and location
  • Salary range $103,290- $132,417, kiwisavers & wellness benefit
  • Wellington central (applicants outside Wellington can also apply)



Tēnei tūranga -

About the role:

We are looking for a Senior Policy Advisor to join the Employment Standards Policy Team in MBIE’s Workplace, Relations and Safety branch. Our team advises the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety on New Zealand’s statutory minimum code of employment protections, and the broader regulatory system that makes those rights work in practice. Our advice is informed by working with unions, employers and other stakeholders across government and society.

Any regulations that aim to enhance workers’ rights and bargaining power can also impose costs on employers and constrain the freedoms of regulated parties. As such, our work is often at the centre of debate about the complex relationships between regulation, productivity, and wellbeing.

Our work programme includes advising on changes to the minimum wage, paid parental leave, and the Holidays Act, and developing options to protect misclassified contractors. This includes thinking about how the gig economy interacts with employment law.

The other teams in the Workplace Relations and Safety branch work on policy projects relating to employment relations, international labour, health and safety, 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.



About our MBIE policy community

We are looking for policy advisors to the Employment Skills and Immigration Policy branch, one of two branches who are the government’s lead policy advisers on labour market issues. Employment Skills and Immigration Policy work with a range of government and non-Government stakeholders to facilitate good labour market outcomes. We are particularly focused (working in tandem with our partners across Government) on growing a workforce with the right knowledge and skills and enabling the effective utilisation of these skills in workplaces. This helps drive economic growth by lifting the competitiveness and profitability of our firms and facilitating innovation across the economy.

The branch works to:

Improve the skills base of the working population to provide the talent that firms need to grow, including through access to the global labour market, and support individuals' ability to participate in work
Support high participation in work to ensure that the benefits of that work accrue to a broad base of New Zealanders.
The branch is also responsible for a range of issues that are critical to achieving important outcomes for New Zealand, but that are unconnected, or only marginally connected, to work. These include facilitating the growth of New Zealand's export markets, supporting global humanitarian initiatives, national security, and enabling New Zealanders to lead socially fulfilling lives even where they may not be able to engage directly with work

About our Policy Advisors

Our Policy Advisors support some of the most interesting, complex and high-profile government projects. Working alongside experienced and supportive policy professionals they develop and apply their public policy skills and experience to deliver results for New Zealand.

They use their strong communication skills to engage and work collaboratively with various groups. They bring a base knowledge of public policy as well as an understanding of the machinery of government, Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles, to better position New Zealand for the future.

Our Policy Advisors work across different levels to learn from experts and build their own knowledge. With the wide variety of work across the different policy areas, there are numerous opportunities to develop their policy craft and build their careers within MBIE. 

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and experience required:

We are looking for motivated people with experience in problem solving complex problems and formulating high-quality policy advice for a range of stakeholders and projects.

They have great knowledge of legislative frameworks and processes, Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles, and a strong understanding of the wider political environment to better position New Zealand for the future.

Ideally you will:

  • have experience leading complex policy projects within central government
  • understand Te Tiriti o Waitangi and have applied it in public policy and in partnership with Māori
  • have wide ranging knowledge of policy development disciplines and processes
  • build strong stakeholder relationships, using influencing and engagement skills to gain the cooperation and commitment of others
  • have demonstrated capability in working with Ministers, senior public service officials, internal and external stakeholders
  • have a passion for leading and coaching others to develop their policy craft and take their careers to the next level
  • 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 quoting ref MBIE/8266 if you have any further questions.

Applications close on 2nd Oct 2022