General Manager Energy and Resource Markets

Date:  23-Sep-2022

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Opportunity to lead several diverse functions including the development and use of New Zealand's natural resources

  • Responsible for all policy and operations that support the Minister of Energy and Resources

  • Appointing salary range $231,834 - $286,384 with appointing salary determined on a candidates experience, capability and internal relativities

Tēnei tūranga -

About the role:


This is a unique opportunity for a talented policy leader to provide leadership and strategic direction to a high profile area.  


The Energy and Resource Markets (ERM) branch of around 120 professionals responsible for providing robust strategic, policy and regulatory advice on energy markets, operational regulation, compliance services.   


The transformation of New Zealand’s energy sector and maintaining sustainable energy supply is a critical part of New Zealand’s response to the challenge of climate change – and as General Manager you will have a key role to play in leading this work. 


As General Manager ERM, you report directly to the Deputy Chief Executive Building, Resources and Markets (BRM), and are a member of the BRM senior leadership team. 


You will lead the development and delivery of policy advice relating to the design and operation of energy and resource markets, as well as regulation and promotion activities in relation to petroleum and minerals. Furthermore, you will ensure the branch operates efficiently and effectively supporting the group and MBIE's wider strategic direction.       


You will also be accountable for all advice in relation to the energy portfolio and its connection with other related portfolios. 


You will be part of a team working closely together to make sure outcomes make it easier for business and consumers by being a smart regulator, delivering future-focused, strategic policy advice. 


Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and experience required:


  • Experience leading the development and delivery of policy advice and regulatory operation at a senior level 

  • Proven leadership skills including demonstrated ability to engage and motivate staff and an ability to build a strong high performing team in a complex organisation 

  • Ability to quickly establish and build strong working relationships and to develop and maintain effective relationships with Ministers, senior public service officials, internal and external stakeholders 

  • Demonstrated ability to manoeuvre though complex political situations effectively and efficiently 

  • Ability to keep inquiring and learning under pressure or in situations with high ambiguity 

  • A strategic thinker who is able to make the connections between various aspects of the organisation and implications for their Branch. 

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. For a confidential discussion please contact Amy Tea at or 027 435 3000 quoting ref MBIE/8485 if you have any further questions.

Applications close on Sunday the 9th of October 2022.