Policy Advisor

Date:  25-Jan-2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


•    Solve complex and interesting policy challenges affecting the building and construction sector
•    Opportunity to develop and hone your regulatory and legislative policy skills
•    Work alongside inclusive, collaborative and passionate people across New Zealand
•    Engage directly with stakeholders to make a real difference for New Zealanders
•    Work flexibly – opportunity available in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
•    Competitive Salary - $71,119.00- $89,645.00

Tēnei tūranga -

About the role:

We have a position available within the Building Policy team at the Policy Advisor level. 

The Building Policy team provides regulatory policy advice and identifies and solves problems in the building and construction sector to support the construction of safe, healthy, and durable buildings. 

Our current focus is on a series of Building System Reforms. These reforms are taking a comprehensive approach to lifting the performance of the building regulatory system, ensuring building work is done right the first time and providing fairer outcomes if things go wrong. They seek to make much-needed improvements so that building work can be done more efficiently and buildings are safe, healthy and durable.

This includes:
•    a first-principles review of the building consent system to modernise the system to provide assurance that building work will be ‘done right the first time’, 
•    improvements to occupational regulation of building practitioners (including engineers, builders, plumbers, electrical workers and architects) and 
•    improvements to consumer protection measures to ensure consumers are well-informed and are aware of their rights.

In addition, we have a range of other work underway to:
•    contribute to MBIE's Seismic Work Programme, including to implement the system for managing earthquake-prone buildings and ensure we continue to protect life safety as we learn more about seismic hazard and how buildings perform in seismic events,
•    improve the retention money regime to better protect subcontractors in the construction sector and
•    contribute to the Government response on the Commerce Commission’s market study to improve competition for building supplies.

We are a young and dynamic team, with a big work programme.  Our people are located across the country and we operate a “matrix management” model.  This means you will have the opportunity to lead and take ownership of policy projects, and work alongside and learn from a whole range of people with different areas of expertise.

We have a strong focus on development.  In Building Policy you can expect to work on the things that you are best at, as well as try new things to broaden your skills.  We will provide you with the right support to succeed.

About our roles:
MBIE’s Policy Advisors work on some of the most interesting, complex and high profile government projects. They apply their expertise and experience to deliver results for New Zealand. They use their strong communication and influencing skills to engage and work collaboratively with various groups. They bring knowledge of public policy, the machinery of government, Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles, to better position New Zealand for the future. They work across different levels to learn from experts and build their own knowledge and to share their own knowledge with others. 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 a motivated person with experience in problem solving complex problems and formulating high-quality policy advice for a range of stakeholders and projects.

For the role of Policy Advisor, ideally you will have the following:
•    Have a good base of experience in public policy as a Policy Advisor and/or transferrable skills from an advisory, legal or similar role
•    Be a logical thinker and problem solver with a healthy level of curiosity
•    Bring knowledge of policy development disciplines and processes
•    Enjoy working on complex problems, generating ideas and coming up with solutions
•    Have the ability to build relationships with others and work collaboratively
•    The ability to work through ambiguity and deliver results 

Come join us and make a difference to New Zealanders.

The building and construction sector is the fourth largest employer in New Zealand, accounting for ten per cent of New Zealand’s workforce, and contributes 7% GDP.  The sector delivers housing, infrastructure, commercial buildings – the places where kiwis live, work and play.  It’s a challenging policy area to work in and there’s a lot at stake.  Working for Building Policy means making a difference to one of New Zealand’s most important sectors.

This position can be based in either Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch or Dunedin. 

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 Sammy Glover at sammy.glover@mbie.govt.nz quoting ref MBIE/9811 if you have any further questions.

Applications close on 8th February 2023