Manager Science Policy

Date:  25-Jan-2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE



  • Join a newly established branch leading the reform of the New Zealand research system
  • Bring your extensive policy and management experience to MBIE!
  • Wellington based. Permanent role 
  • Salary Midpoint - $183,592 Appointment salaries will be dependent on experience, capability and consideration for internal relativities.


Tēnei tūranga - About the role:


With the establishment of a new branch to lead the reform of the research, science and innovation system, we have a very exciting and appealing leadership opportunity. 

This is a rare opportunity for a Manager Science Policy to join the Future Research System policy branch.  As a newly established branch we are looking for a strong people leader to join our branch. Someone with a deep and broad policy background, a passion for mentoring people and developing an inclusive team as well as a motivation to get even greater impact from our research, science, and innovation system.


The Manager, Science Policy, leads a team with a busy work programme that is focused on policy reform and transition to a new research system - whilst maintaining and stewarding the existing one.  You will have significant policy experience and be well versed in machinery of government, Te Ao Māori and legislative design. 


We have a smart and talented team and as the Manager Science Policy you will prioritise our people and their development, act as a trusted advisor on key policy projects and as a sounding board for managers. You will also be a team player working collaboratively with other colleagues across MBIE.  In return you can expect a flexible, supportive and intellectually stimulating work environment.


The appointee will have a strong  background in building relationships with Ministers, senior public service officials, Māori and Pacific Partners and multiple internal and external stakeholders. 


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 with a demonstrated ability to lead with vision and purpose, and to work well with partners on policy and implementation. 
Ideally you will have a strong understanding of the science and research sector.


You will be influential with stakeholders and be a credible advisor with Ministers. You will also have experience with budget processes and legislative processes. You will like variety and pace (no two days are ever the same!) and will bring a selection of the following skills and experience:


  • Extensive experience managing change processes – preferably at the system level
  • An agile people leader who is comfortable with ambiguity and a fast paced work environment that will evolve to support the reform programme itself
  • Comfortable setting strategy for the team, driving activity, allocating resources, and ensuring cross-Ministry co- ordination. And then pivoting the team as the next stage of the programme evolves 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of meeting and supporting the obligations and intent of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Competency with Te Ao Māori and Te Reo Māori is desirable
  • Experienced in coaching and developing people as well as building and enhancing the overall capability of the team to ensure quality analysis, advice and delivery
  • Maintaining a high-performing policy and analysis team with an inclusive culture through good recruitment and performance management, and by developing and maintaining a culture of learning and development, safety and wellbeing within the team 
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others and develop and maintain effective relationships with policy directors, fellow policy managers and teams across MBIE, and gain the trust of, colleagues, Ministers, senior public service officials and internal and external stakeholders


To be considered for this position you must have a legal right to live and work in New Zealand.


What you'll get in return


The high level of trust and autonomy in this role will give you the opportunity deliver on a challenging and evolving work programme.  Your broad scope means you will develop excellent relationships and networks in our organisation and across the system. You will have a balanced portfolio of work which complements and grows your skills and expertise and be part of a team that supports each other in getting stuff done and leading the branch.  

We are committed to flexibility, supporting good work/life balance, keeping you healthy and safe at work, building your knowledge of Te Reo Māori and tikanga Māori, and developing your leadership skills, profile and career.

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 Matt Guy  at quoting ref MBIE/9415  if you have any further questions.

Applications close on Monday 30 January 2023