Senior Business Advisor

Date:  22-Sep-2022

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Contribute to our work supporting New Zealand to thrive, and help us have an impact on a local and global scale 
  • Practice your strategic and operational thinking and learn the nuts and bolts of our business 
  • Join our tight-knit, innovative and collegial team and work alongside senior leadership
  • A competitive salary range of $93,753 - $115,585

Tēnei tūranga - About the role


The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is currently seeking a Senior Business Advisor to support the Head of Immigration New Zealand (Deputy Secretary of MBIE). 

It is an exciting time for Immigration New Zealand and our offices are a hive of activity as our team is on a mission to reconnect New Zealand with the rest of the world. This role represents the opportunity to support leaders in making a truly positive impact for the benefit of our people and our communities here in Aotearoa. 

Immigration New Zealand is the operational delivery arm of the immigration system.  Our core functions are:


  • ensuring that people crossing the border and staying in New Zealand are entitled to do so
  • helping refugees to make New Zealand their home
  • granting visas to the people whom New Zealand needs to work, visit, study or settle here
  • playing our part in the global immigration system.

As a Senior Business Advisor, you will take a holistic approach to influence and drive new ways of working while operating across all areas of our business.  You will be representing the office of the Deputy Secretary and joining a team that is responsible for leading and delivering a wide range of business advisory services and complex issues. 

This is a role that will allow you to use your past experiences, accomplishments and learning, along with your strong business acumen to develop pragmatic tools and ensure the delivery of robust advice and guidance to support the Deputy Secretary, the team and wider INZ. 

You’ll be joining an innovative and collegial team in a rapidly changing environment, where you’ll get lots of opportunities to develop your business advisory skills.  Working in partnership with and supporting the Principal Advisor, you will be leading and contributing to initiatives that support both strategic direction and operational demands, providing quality and consistent advice to land pragmatic and tangible solutions.

Your strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish a positive and a consultative working relationship with stakeholders will be one of the key successes for this role. 

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana - Skills and experience required


  • Strong interpersonal skills, including building and maintaining relationships, influencing, diplomacy, empathy, teamwork and problem-solving  
  • Excellent political awareness and sensitivity to anticipate areas of potential risk and inform decision-making 
  • Ability to quickly assimilate new information at a high level, and come to an understanding of unfamiliar and complex issues
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, ability to craft written material for the Deputy Secretary’s approval
  • Ability to explore and evaluate new operational delivery practices and approaches
  • Proven ability to develop trust and credibility with managers and staff, including an ability to work with senior managers on contentious, difficult and urgent issues

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. Click on the APPLY button below and complete your application. All applications must be submitted via our online process.

Email Andrew Louis at if you have any further questions. Reference number 7403

Applications closes at 5pm, Friday 7th October 2022


To be eligible for this role, you will need to hold either a New Zealand citizenship or a New Zealand permanent residency class visa