Principal Policy Advisor

Date:  15-Mar-2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Actively shape policy initiatives transforming New Zealand industries for the future.
  • Join a dynamic, fun and collaborative team at the interface of Government and industry.
  • Apply your expertise to complex and interesting policy issues, while mentoring and coaching team members.
  • Salary: $132,417 - $160,472 Full Time Fixed Term to April 2024, Wellington CBD. 



Tēnei tūranga - About the Role:

We are seeking a Principal Policy Advisor to join our Industry Policy team in a fixed term role. You will play a leading role in delivering an ambitious work programme that shapes New Zealand industries for the future. In this role, you will be leading out significant parts of the team’s policy and partnership work programme, supporting the Manager in team leadership, and supporting the development of team members. 

Our work programme includes the policy and strategy for the Industry Transformation Plans (ITPs), the development and policy implementation of the Agritech and Advanced Manufacturing ITPs, and the Review of Government Investment in the Screen Sector.  MBIE supports a wide range of flexible working arrangements. Talk to us about what might work for both you and us. 


About the Team


In the Industry Policy team, we develop a deep understanding of the potential of different sectors of the economy, work with industry partners to identify issues and opportunities, and think strategically about the role of Government in supporting the development of industry to contribute to a high wage, low emissions, and resilient New Zealand economy. 

This role sits in the Economic Development and Transitions Branch, within the Labour Science and Enterprise Group of MBIE. Our work drives Aotearoa’s economic transformation and shapes economic development thinking to create a more productive, sustainable, and inclusive economy. In an ambiguous and complex environment, we work in partnership to actively provide respected and frank advice, to influence and coordinate, and deliver policy solutions that work. 


Why work for us?


Developing our policy staff is a key focus for MBIE.  We have a culture where policy staff are empowered to bring fresh perspectives to issues and to think ‘outside the box’. Being the largest ‘policy shop’ in NZ, MBIE offers significant opportunity for developing experience across a broad variety of areas. We encourage excellence and proactively support development through on-the-job learning, training courses, conferences and seminars, development programmes, secondments, rotations to other branches and study opportunities.

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and Experience Required

The Principal Policy Advisor is a leadership position in MBIE. You will bring your proven policy, relationship and delivery skills to support our work with key partners. 

Experience in economic development policy would be valuable, but most important is the ability to think analytically and strategically through issues. An ability to engage effectively with sector stakeholders to influence outcomes is critical.


We are keen to hear from you if you have:


  • A strong understanding of policy processes, delivering robust and strategic analysis and advice. 
  • Effectively led and delivered complex work programmes.
  • Built credible, respected relationships and engaged with diverse stakeholders to influence outcomes (including Ministers, staff in partner agencies, Māori partners, industry partners, and other key external stakeholders).
  • The ability to communicate coherently and with clarity on complex issues.
  • Provided active coaching and mentoring support to others.
  • Flexibly responded to changes in priorities and demands for work, and managed associated risks.
  • 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 and include a Cover Letter and CV outlining your interest and suitability for the role. 


Please email Jackie Johnson at quoting ref MBIE/10746 if you have any further questions.


Applications close on 30th March 2023 at 5pm