Senior Business Advisor

Date:  18-Jan-2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Wellington based permanent position
  • Contribute to our work supporting New Zealand to thrive, and help us have an impact on a local and global scale 
  • Practice your strategic and operational thinking and learn the nuts and bolts of our business 
  • A competitive salary range of $95,103 - $115,585

Tēnei tūranga -

About the role:

An exciting opportunity exists for a Senior Business Advisor within the Identity Services Unit of Immigration New Zealand (INZ).

Reporting to the National Manager Identity the Senior Business Advisor is responsible for leading initiatives and engagement to inform the strategic direction and operations of the Identity Services team within the V&C branch. 

The successful applicant will bring their business understanding and risk management experience to work in partnership with the National Manager Identity, Identity Services’ leadership team and wider V&C branch to grow relationships and inform strategic and operational projects across INZ, and with external agencies. 

This role is also responsible for leading a range of business advisory services and representing the Identity Services team on key projects and initiatives that work across the wider INZ system. 

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and experience required:


  • Previous experience in Immigration New Zealand, ideally in the field of identity management and/or biometrics
  • Excellent relationship management skills
  • Political awareness and sensitivity to anticipate areas of potential risk and inform decision making
  • Ability to quickly identify ways of thinking about risks and issues and the possible pathway forward
  • Experience and knowledge in identity management, identity verification and the use of biometrics in the immigration processing lifecycle
  • Ability to focus on both strategic and operational issues
  • Experience and knowledge of immigration systems, business requirements, processes, and procedures 
  • ICT systems and/or technical knowledge and experience would be an advantage 
  • Ability to communicate ideas and provide insightful feedback, verbally and orally, and to write with clarity and accuracy in both formal and informal contexts
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve, analytical skills and sound judgement
  • Proven ability to work on a number of complex issues and projects at one time, with little oversight or direction from a people leader 
  • Highly organised and self-starting, with strong coordination skills
  • Excellent communication, self-management, and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in working with, and applying legislation to, an operational context (e.g. the Immigration Act 2009,
  • Official Information Act and Privacy Act)
  • High integrity and ability to handle sensitive and confidential information




  • Tertiary qualification, or extensive and comparable relevant experience

To work for Immigration New Zealand applicants MUST hold New Zealand Citizenship or have New Zealand permanent residency.

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 Emily Boyd at quoting ref MBIE/9817 if you have any further questions.


Applications close on Thursday 2 February 2023.