Principal Intelligence Analyst

Date:  13 Sep 2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Do you have expertise in Open-Source Intelligence with the ability to mentor your team in innovative online analysis and research and the delivery of impactful products and services?
  • Are you an experienced Intelligence Professional ready to contribute valuable insights in support of New Zealand’s national security and regulatory environment? 
  • Do you have the practical knowledge to be a technical principal in all source publicly available information for intelligence and insight?
  • Permanent role, salary $101,911k - $121,196k, Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Kiwi-Saver and Wellness Benefits.


Tēnei tūranga - About the Role:


The Principal Intelligence Analyst is an analytical and technical expert for MBIE Intelligence (MI). As such you will be responsible for providing valuable insights on the impacts of single or cross-cutting MBIE business areas, identifying risks and opportunities, both now and in the future.
In this senior role, you will work in partnership with your team, other MI functions, and external/international intelligence agencies to build relationships and ensure that intelligence products are shaped and presented to provide maximum value to our customers. As a mentor for Intelligence Analysts and Senior Intelligence Analysts, you will use your broad knowledge and experience to work through complex, ambiguous, and/or sensitive intelligence requests, helping to set the tone for standards and professionalism.
The Principal Intelligence Analyst will develop training in conjunction with Intelligence, Practice, and Professional Development, delivering this training as required with excellent presentation skills. You will be expected to provide specialist strategic advice to the Intelligence Leadership team and the wider Data, Insights, and Intelligence Leadership team, supporting the strategic direction of the group and MBIE.
At MI, we believe in a "one team" view, where all members contribute to the wide spectrum of our work as needed and when development opportunities arise. If you're ready to take your expertise to the next level and make a real impact in the world of intelligence analysis, we encourage you to apply for this exciting position today.
MBIE supports a wide range of flexible working arrangements.  Talk to us about what might work for both you and us.


About the Team


This Principal Intelligence Analyst position is placed within the Open-Source Intelligence workstream as part of the OSINT team. The OSINT workstream supports the development and growth of this collections capability, providing support to stakeholders and decision makers, within both MBIE and New Zealand government, through the collection of publicly available information. 


The OSINT workstream is a team of open-source analysts and researchers providing Open-Source and social media intelligence to improve operational and tactical outcomes across MBIE. The team supports outputs and customers through collection and analysis, is curious, imaginative and persistent in our tradecraft, and embraces continuous improvement and collaboration. 


The OSINT team works to progress the OSINT capability collaborating with partner agencies and communities of practice to produce an all of government standard. The Principal Intelligence Analyst, OSINT is the technical lead supporting the team to provide analytical excellence, through an innovative and open mindset.  

MI works with a ‘one team’ view. This means that all members contribute to the wide spectrum of MI’s work across various workstreams as needs and development opportunities require. MI also has a career progression framework that provides opportunities for all our team members to develop a career within MI. 

In return we offer:

  • The opportunity to come alongside and work in a great environment with a highly skilled and enthusiastic team
  • You will be able to learn from the experience of seasoned Intelligence practitioners and gain exposure to the wider NZ Intelligence Community
  • You will be given every opportunity to expand your professional skills and cross-train with other agencies as those opportunities present
  • The chance to dive into work that can be fast-paced and will require you to demonstrate your flexibility, adaptability, and resilience – this will stretch your thinking and your approach to problem solving as you assist with operational work
  • If you want to expand your potential, then this role is ideal to push those limits


Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and Experience Required

  • 2+ years Intelligence Analyst experience at a senior level within a government agency
  • Experience or a background using Open-Source intelligence collections
  • Demonstrable background in mentoring and coaching others in intelligence practices and the application of analytical tools to provide ‘fit for purpose’ intelligence products.
  • Clear concise communication skills, written and oral at all levels. 
  • Astute, with strong analytical skills, a problem-solving approach and robust judgement.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop and maintain productive relationships across a diverse stakeholder base and range of agencies.
  • A collaborative and action-oriented approach to issues, tasks and projects.
  • Experience or background in Intelligence Requirements Management.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt within a dynamic environment and varied workstreams.
  • Experience in providing intelligence advice to stakeholders utilising multiple sources of information and mitigating areas of uncertainty.


The following may be an advantage:


  • A tertiary qualification or comparable relevant experience.
  • Previous experience with regulatory functions or law enforcement in the public sector
  • An understanding of intelligence and risk management within the public sector
  • Developing, implementing, and conducting training 
  • Experience of handling sensitive or classified information


For your application to be considered you must be a New Zealand citizen or have New Zealand permanent residency. You must also be able to obtain and/or maintain a Top-Secret New Zealand national security clearance if not already obtained (check your eligibility here).

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/13647 if you have any further questions.


Applications close on 4th October at 11.59pm.