Manager Employment Standards Policy

Date:  24-Jan-2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Do you want to directly impact the lives of working New Zealanders? 
  • Be part of a high-performing team with a meaningful work programme.
  • Salary Midpoint - $183,592  (appointment salaries will be dependent on experience, capability and consideration for internal relativities).

Tēnei tūranga - About the role:


The Manager, Employment Standards Policy plays a significant role in the regulation of work in New Zealand.  You’ll lead a team with a policy programme that directly impacts on the lives of most New Zealanders and is responsible for policy advice across areas like the minimum wage, paid parental leave, Holidays Act and dependent contractors.    


The Workplace Relations and Safety Policy branch operates as a team and not as a hierarchy. You’ll be responsible for signing out your team’s advice and will have plenty of opportunities to discuss it directly with Ministers. You’ll lead a team filled with smart and committed policy professionals with excellent policy craft skills and domain knowledge. They’re looking for a leader who will provide them with a positive and engaging work environment in which they can thrive and continue to address some of the tricky policy issues that impact New Zealand’s businesses and workers.  


Given the unique tripartite nature of the employment system, you will enjoy working collaboratively and alongside others, including Māori. You’ll be up for leading a full and interesting work programme that spans multiple Ministers and attracts significant attention.  


You will work closely with the policy directors in the branch, and the wider leadership team, to support a high performing branch that is also a great place to work, that develops our people, that has an enabling and inclusive culture and that solves gnarly problems for New Zealand’s benefit.  

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



To be successful in this role you will be an experienced policy leader;  

  • You’ll lead with vision and purpose and work well with partners on policy development and implementation.
  • You will be influential with stakeholders and be a credible advisor with Ministers.
  • You’ll have regulatory policy experience and be well versed in machinery of government.  
  • Knowledge of the labour market and employment relations and employment standards systems is an added bonus, as is experience working closely with a regulator.

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 Roxana Anderson at quoting ref MBIE/9964 if you have any further questions.


Applications close on Sunday, 12th February 2023