Principal Advisor to GM

Date:  17-Jan-2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Join the Digital Data and Insights (DDI) Leadership Team 
  • Be a key Strategic Advisor
  • Permanent role based in Wellington CBD 
  • Salary range of $112,856 - $138,028 + kiwisaver


MBIE is on a journey of change.  We have aligned our digital, data and technology functions so that our MBIE whanau can support our future success as a digitally enabled and empowered by data organisation. 

We want you to be part of this significant transformation, bringing your skills, experience and commitment to the job you do. 


Working at MBIE really means making a difference for Aotearoa. We care about our team, and we work collectively to grow New Zealand for all. 


This role is in the Partnerships and Programmes branch which is responsible for the delivery of all MBIEs technology-oriented business change and the strategic partnering with MBIEs leadership team to enable their strategic priorities through projects and programmes.  

Tēnei tūranga - About the role:


We are seeking a high performing Principal Advisor to join our team and use their experience and knowledge to provide strategic and intellectual leadership to guide and influence the Partnerships and Programmes strategic direction, planning and reporting systems and processes. 


The position requires business understanding, strategic capability, operational experience, and the ability to work closely with the General Manager, the Partnerships and Programmes leadership team, and the wider Branch and DDI business groups to gather information, build relationships, conduct high-level analysis, and develop thinking on a broad range of issues and activities.


This position's responsibilities are expected to shift over time as the Ministry responds to changing needs. The incumbent will need to be flexible and adaptive and develop as the environment changes. This includes performing any other reasonable tasks that may be assigned.   

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


  • Proven experience working with senior leadership teams and providing high level strategic and operational advice
  • Ability to be flexible and to quickly adapt to the needs of a business’s changing demands
  • Proven understanding of developing and managing organisation-wide systems and processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement plans in a complex environment with an ability to translate business strategies and objectives into delivery and operational plans 
  • Demonstrated understanding of medium to long-term technology trends
  • Detailed knowledge of ICT environments, business practice and systems 
  • Ideally NZ private sector and commercial experience with a working knowledge of the NZ public sector environment 
  • Can comfortably develop and maintain effective working relationships with external stakeholders.
  • In-depth knowledge of processes at the centre of government as well as wider governmental processes and protocols.
  • An ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing with a wide range of people at all levels, both internal and external to MBIE.
  • Self-starter and proven ability to deliver successful outcomes in a demanding environment
  • The ability to influence, lead and facilitate others to achieve outcomes
  • Must have the ability to work in New Zealand
  • The ability to gain and maintain a national security clearance as required.  

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/9923 if you have any further questions.


Applications close on Wednesday, 1st February 2023