Principal Policy Advisor (Employment Relations Policy Team)

Date:  17-Jan-2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Play a lead role in shaping New Zealand’s employment law and growing our up-and-coming policy stars.
  • Challenging and intellectually stimulating work in a supportive team that is committed to growth and development.
  • Flexible working to support your work-life balance
  • Wellington Central (experienced applicants in Auckland and Christchurch can also apply)
  • Salary range: $132,417 - $160,472 + kiwisaver and wellness benefit

Tēnei tūranga - About the role:

Our Principal Policy Advisors take the lead on complex and high-profile projects. They apply their experience, skills and talent to engage and work collaboratively with our stakeholders and Ministers. They lead project teams of senior and policy advisors, helping to coach and grow our future talent.

They bring their solid understanding of legislative frameworks, policy processes, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Treaty principles, and the wider political environment to help better position Aotearoa’s workplaces for the future.


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


We are looking for people who can lead major projects in the team and wider branch, diving in where required to provide intellectual impetus to key projects, and also helping join the dots between work going on in our branch and across MBIE. The people we’re looking for will ideally possess the following attributes:


  • a thorough understanding of the machinery of government
  • extensive experience in public policy, ideally including working on primary legislation and regulation
  • a good understanding of economic principles and the New Zealand economy
  • familiarity with New Zealand’s legal framework and the principles of statutory interpretation
  • the ability to shape and drive policy projects, leading small projects teams and working closely with our operational colleagues
  • curiosity and a drive to learn


We are particularly keen to build our capability working in te ao Māori and analysing the impact of our work on Māori.

Needless to say, we are looking for a team player who will play an active role in building a positive team environment and building talent within your team and the wider branch.


What we can offer

Our future projects include looking at how to reduce bullying and harassment at work, addressing gender and ethnic pay gaps through pay transparency, implementing our new Fair Pay Agreements Act and taking a fresh look at our employment dispute resolution system. 

Our work is interesting, high-profile and can result in big impacts for everyday New Zealanders. We have a flat structure where you will be talking directly to the Minister and stakeholders about your work. 

We offer a supportive culture where you are encouraged to lead and thoughtful peer review from colleagues across the branch is the norm. 

You’ll work closely with our regulator Employment Services, so you’ll get good experience at making sure our policies are well implemented. 

MBIE supports a wide range of flexible working arrangements. Some of our best people are part-time or work flexibly, and we are really open to those options. Talk to us about what might work for both you and us.

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/9873 if you have any further questions.


Applications close on Monday, 6th February 2023