Principal or Senior Advisor Construction Procurement

Date:  16-Jan-2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Important mahi on the Constructor Sector Accord
  • Bring your construction procurement and commercial skills and experience!
  • Appointing Range Principal Advisor $132,417 - $160,472 or Senior Advisor $103,290 - $132,417
  • MBIE supports a wide range of flexible working arrangements.  Talk to us about what might work for both you and us.
  • Wellington or Auckland based
  • Secondment opportunities will be considered

Tēnei tūranga -

About the role:

The Construction Sector Accord are seeking to appoint either a Principal Advisor Construction Procurement or Senior Advisor Construction Procurement.  This is an important role within the Construction Sector Accord Transformation Programme . We’d love to hear from you if you’re passionate about the construction sector and will bring your construction procurement and commercial skills and experience to effectively execute the requirements of the Accord Transformation Plan! You can learn more about the Accord by visiting

This role plays a key part in overseeing the delivery of initiatives mainly in the Client Leadership focus area of the Accord.  Key initiatives identified include the improvement of contract conditions and risk transfer, implementation of broader outcomes and standardisation of procurement throughout the supply chain.  The role will draw on the individual’s construction procurement and commercial experience and will draw on skills across policy, stakeholder engagement, relationship management, creation of technical guidance and tools, analysis and service design as well as other skills as required in order to get the job done. The roles will also be responsible as required for providing quality advice and support to government agencies on their significant commercial infrastructure business cases and procurement strategies. 

The Construction Sector Accord (CSA) is a joint commitment from government and industry to work together to create a high performing construction sector in New Zealand. The Construction Sector Transformation Plan is a three-year action plan for change that is focused on addressing the challenges faced by the sector. The CSA Transformation Team is “hosted” by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE). This team will ensure the success of the current iteration of the Transformation Plan, build on momentum of the work done to date, and develop the plan to be fit for purpose moving forward. 

This role will require:

  • Working in partnership with the wider Design and Delivery team to gather evidence, conduct options analysis for the development of policy options and intervention designs;
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with partner organisations (across government and industry) to enable collaborative solution design 
  • Overseeing a range of initiatives delivered by different parties in different ways, monitoring initiative progress to ensure they achieve their desired benefits and escalate risks appropriately.
  • Providing advice to agencies on which ensure higher quality commercial results and agency priorities and outcomes (including broader outcomes are achieved). 
  • (Principal Only) Enhancing the overall agency in-house procurement and commercial capability through guiding and mentoring the Senior Advisor Construction Procurement plus others in NZ Government Procurement.

The role will be fast-paced, requiring an ability to manage a high volume of activity while managing to deadlines. It will require a flexible approach as the nature and content of the work will change depending on the requirements of each project over time.

This is a permanent role and we welcome applicants from across both the public and private sector. We will also consider the opportunity for secondments.   

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Skills and experience required:

  • Extensive experience and genuine expertise in Construction across a number of areas including Commercial, Strategy, Planning, Progranmme Management, Procurement, Construction Delivery. 

  • Demonstrable experience leading and significantly contributing to the management of large-scale, high-profile and/or high-value commercial projects, implementing best practice and innovation.

  • Ability and drive to deliver successful outcomes in demanding, fast-paced environments.

  • A principled, yet pragmatic and solutions-focused, approach to commercial issues. 

  • A strong client service ethic and good relationship management skills.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills for a variety of audiences, and ability to produce high quality commercial and guidance documentation clearly, articulately, and succinctly. 

  • Ability to work on and effectively balance multiple projects simultaneously.

  • In-depth understanding of procurement principles and processes in area of infrastructure/construction and understanding of te ao Māori would be an advantage.  

  • Previous experience in project delivery and production of a variety of policy/communications materials.

  • Excellent organisational and self-management skills.

  • Able to think critically, analyse evidence and information and develop clear, well-reasoned advice.

  • A team player who supports and adds value to work across the team and branch.

  • Experience in influencing a wide range of stakeholders, including senior decision-makers and business owners.

  • A track record of strategic thinking in a complex policy environment.

  • (Principal Only) Has the intellectual capability to work with multiple complex ideas in parallel as well as being able to integrate multiple concepts and pathways and deal comfortably with ambiguity 

This is a great opportunity to join a team at the start of a highly visible transformation programme with impact across the public and private sectors. We’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in a confidential conversation about the role and team. 

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 for the Principal Advisor role and here for the Senior Advisor role. All applications must be submitted via our online process. Email Rachel Wilson at quoting ref MBIE/9475 if you have any further questions.

Applications close on 29 January 2023.