Principal Policy Advisor

Date:  14-Nov-2022

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Lead complex and impactful policy projects 
  • Grow your policy experience in a dynamic supportive environment
  • 12-month fixed term or secondment opportunity to cover parental leave 
  • Flexible working environment and hours
  • $132,417 - $160,472 + Kiwisaver + Employee Wellness Benefit

Tēnei tūranga -

About the role:

Our team is ambitious and has an intellectually stimulating work programme that is also designed to deliver on the fundamental policy issues facing the Māori economy.


You will have the opportunity to lead complex and impactful policy projects, leverage MBIE teams and other agencies to advance Māori economic prosperity and link with Māori in a measured, structured, and authentic way to inform your work.


We prioritise our lead projects and support each other to deliver these as a team


On a day-to-day basis this role includes:


  • Partnering with the Policy Manager to drive the strategic policy agenda and set the direction for the team’s policy domain
  • Providing authoritative policy advice and leading priority programmes of work and project teams on complex and sensitive areas
  • Effectively influencing on domain topics through engagement and communication with senior stakeholders
  • Enhancing the overall capability of the team through guiding and mentoring senior advisors and advisors in their day-to-day work.


About the team: 

The wider Te Kupenga Team is responsible for a range of policy, operational and investment functions. The role of the Policy Team is to contribute to MBIE’s purpose of growing Aotearoa New Zealand for all by leading the development of MBIE’s Māori economic prosperity advice and thinking.


Our value add as a team includes:


  • our ability to lead policy work that will significantly impact on Māori economic prosperity
  • our ability to integrate our Māori economic prosperity policy capability into key work programmes that will shift the dial and to empower teams to do this themselves.
  • our ability to broker relationships between agencies and MBIE teams to advance impactful pieces of work; and
  • our external focus in proactively seeking the views of Māori to inform our work in a measured, structured, and authentic way.


Developing our staff is a key focus of our team. We provide leadership opportunities and support for staff to excel and have a culture where staff are empowered to think laterally and creatively to overcome intractable and ambiguous policy issues.


We proactively support development through on-the-job learning, training courses, conferences and seminars. We also value work-life balance and the wellbeing of our staff and are conscious of managing workloads and of providing enough flexibility to manage priorities outside of work.

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and experience required:

We are keen to hear from you if you have:

  • A strong track record of leading and delivering on policy projects.
  • A proven ability to think laterally and creatively to overcome intractable and ambiguous policy issues.
  • Extensive experience in writing compelling policy narratives and the ability to pitch these successfully to senior audiences.
  • Proficiency in achieving results through others, including empowering team members, influencing other teams and agencies, and maintaining extensive policy and external networks.
  • Must have legal right to live and work in NZ.

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 Jess Dalbeth at quoting ref MBIE/9284 if you have any further questions.


Applications close on Thursday 8 December 2022