Senior Policy Advisor

Date:  17-Mar-2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE

•    Policy Advisor or Senior Advisor – Salary Range $71,119-$89,645 or $103,290-132,417
•    The Digital Technologies Industry Transformation Plan supports economic modernisation
•    Focus on the pipeline of skills and talent for the digital technologies workforce 
•    Opportunity to work with diverse stakeholders, especially in skills, education and training, and workforce development
•    Work on a range of high priority areas 

Tēnei tūranga - About the Role:

MBIE’s Digital Policy Team seeks a Policy Professional to drive work on skills and talent for the digital tech sector, a key area of focus for the Digital Technologies Industry Transformation Plan (ITP). We are looking for either a Policy Advisor or Senior Policy Advisor for this area of the ITP. 

Our team advises Ministers on digital issues and approaches to grow the digital technology sector to support New Zealand’s economic modernisation. Our top priority is the Digital Technologies ITP. The ITP is a sector development roadmap, with a longer-term focus, co-designed with the industry.

We lead several pieces of work to advance the ITP and to support sector growth: enhancing the skills and talent pipeline, growing export success for SaaS firms and game development studios, building greater Māori inclusion and enterprise, and telling our Tech Story. We are looking for someone to work with a Principal Policy Advisor to progress our busy and wide-ranging work programme on digital tech skills and talent. 

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and Experience Required

This work suits a motivated policy professional with strong systems-thinking skills and project management experience. Our work is collaborative with multiple stakeholders, and interpersonal strengths and relationship management skills are a must. We are looking for someone who wants to expand their experience into what is a fast-moving and future-oriented policy area.

Ideally you will have:

•    Experience leading policy projects within central government
•    Knowledge or interest in policy development disciplines and processes
•    Strong stakeholder relationship building, influencing and engagement skills to gain the cooperation and commitment of others, inside and outside government
•    Experience in translating policy design into implementation and operational delivery
•    Capability or interest in working with Ministers, senior public service officials, internal and external stakeholders
•    Understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles in public policy context
•    Passion for coaching others to develop their policy skills and take their careers to the next level
•    Experience or interest in these policy areas: education and training, skill development, employment and workforce.

Come join us and make a difference to New Zealanders

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:

For questions about the team or role feel free to contact the Digital Policy Manager and for HR enquiries please contact ref MBIE/10762

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. 

Applications close on 09th April 2023