Senior Policy Advisor

Date:  15-Mar-2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


•    Make a difference to New Zealand’s economy and the wellbeing of New Zealanders
•    Influence the settings that underpin New Zealand financial markets and shape the development of Aotearoa New Zealand’s consumer data right
•    Permanent opportunity available in either Wellington or Auckland with flexible working options
•    Salary range $103,290 - $132,417 plus KiwiSaver and wellbeing benefits 


Tēnei tūranga - About the Role:


The Small Business, Commerce and Consumer Policy branch is the Government’s lead advisor on the commercial environment in which all New Zealand businesses and consumers operate. We look after the laws and institutions that underpin how businesses and consumers interact with each other. 


The Financial Markets policy team provides advice on the regulatory settings and policy for financial markets to promote fair, efficient and transparent markets in New Zealand. This includes developing a framework for a Consumer Data Right, advising on insurance contract law, responding to emerging banking and insurance issues following the recent extreme weather events, KiwiSaver and investment policy settings, and more.
Financial Markets are seeking a capable Senior Policy Advisor to help shape financial markets regulation and deliver on the Government’s priority to implement a new legislative framework for a Consumer Data Right. A Consumer Data Right will empower consumers and businesses to transfer their data securely between service providers to find products and services tailored to their needs. More information can be found at the following link: Consumer Data Right.


Here at MBIE we promote flexible working so are open to considering full time or part time arrangements in Wellington and depending on the candidate’s experience, are open to the successful candidate being located in Auckland.

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and Experience Required

We are looking for motivated people with experience in solving tricky policy problems and formulating high-quality policy and regulatory advice for a range of issues and projects. 


For the role, ideally you will:

•    Have a good base of experience in public policy as a Senior Policy Advisor or transferrable skills from an advisory, regulatory, legal or similar role.  
•    Be a logical thinker, problem solver, and have a healthy level of curiosity.
•    Bring knowledge of policy development disciplines and processes.
•    Enjoy working on tricky problems, generating ideas and coming up with solutions.
•    Have or want to improve your cultural capability and knowledge of te ao Māori, te reo Māori and how Te Tiriti o Waitangi informs our work. 
•    Have the ability to work through ambiguity and deliver results. 
•    Experience leading complex projects.
•    Passion for leading and coaching others to develop their policy craft and take their careers to the next level.
•    Strong stakeholder relationship building, influencing and engagement skills to gain the cooperation and commitment of others.


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. 


Email Marie Manley at quoting ref MBIE/10763 if you have any further questions.


Applications close on Thursday 30 March 2023