Principal Analyst

Date:  18 Sep 2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Lead and shape a data and analytics programme that informs energy policy and regulation in New Zealand
  • Contribute to a multi-disciplinary group of researchers and data analysts 
  • Engage and collaborate across MBIE and other agencies
  • Permanent full-time opportunity, based in Wellington Central
  • Salary range $132,417 - $160,472 plus Kiwisaver and wellness benefits



Tēnei tūranga - About the Role:


We have an exciting opportunity for a Principal Analyst to join the Markets team at the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE).
The Markets team is responsible for data, analytics, research, evaluation and monitoring across 7 of MBIE’s 16 regulatory systems. The team has a strong focus on producing the evidence base for policy for energy, resources, and climate change with regular statistical and data releases, energy sector modelling, research, and insights from evaluation. Other markets that are supported with monitoring and evaluation include the consumer, commercial, competition, financial markets, and communications systems. Current issues include energy sector trends and climate implications, supporting the Emissions Reduction Plan, energy sector modelling as New Zealand transitions to a low emissions economy, and market competition.
As a Principal Analyst you will lead and shape a work programme that provides data, information, analysis, and research to support the development of evidence-based policy and regulation within the energy and resources sectors. You will work closely with policy teams to develop a strategic view of research and information needs over the medium to long-term ensuring that information and products are fit-for-purpose. As an expert and a thought leader, you will bring new ideas, techniques and knowledge to the ways in which the team does its work.

The ideal candidate will have significant expertise in research and data analysis techniques. This will be complemented by strategic and critical thinking skills, with sound judgement to analyse evidence and issues. You will provide intellectual leadership and support the team by guiding and mentoring colleagues. You will have excellent communication skills and be a natural relationship manager, being comfortable in building relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders across Government and the sector. You will also have a commitment to innovation and continuous improvement and generating new ideas and ways of doing things.


Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana - Skills and Experience Required:


We are keen to hear from you if you have the following:


  • An in-depth knowledge of research and analytical disciplines and processes, including latest developments in techniques and practices 
  • Experience in successfully leading large and complex projects, taking into account both strategic and short-term needs  
  • Experience in energy, resources, climate change or related disciplines
  • Excellent communication and coaching skills to embed a culture of excellence in the Branch
  • Demonstrated experience in influencing policy makers and other stakeholders 
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • A relevant tertiary qualification
  • Must the legal right to live and work in New Zealand



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 and include a Cover Letter and CV outlining your interest and suitability for the role. 


Email Jackie Johnson at quoting ref MBIE/13552 if you have any further questions.


Applications close on Tuesday 3 October at 11:59pm.