New Zealand Law Society - Policy Advisor and Senior Policy Advisor - Market Performance Team

Policy Advisor and Senior Policy Advisor - Market Performance Team

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE

  • Influence the policy and regulatory settings that underpin trade and commerce in New Zealand
  • Unique opportunity to shape the long-term performance of some of New Zealand’s most important domestic sectors
  • Lead the Government’s response to Commerce Commission competition market studies
  • Multiple permanent positions available, based in Wellington CBD

Tēnei tūranga - About the role:

We have multiple exciting opportunities for experienced policy professionals to join our Market Performance team. This is a new team within the Small Business, Commerce and Consumer Policy (SBCCP) branch of the Building Resources and Markets business group. MBIE’s SBCCP 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 including: competition, fair trading and consumer guarantees, financial conduct, corporate governance, intellectual property, and stewardship of the dispute resolution system.

The Market Performance team will support the Commerce and Consumer Affairs portfolio focussed on responding to market studies, taking a longer-term view of the functioning of markets and identifying sectors where future competition studies might be justified. This is a unique opportunity to support the Government to respond to market studies completed by the Commerce Commission to ensure that our markets are competitive and support broader government objectives such as driving innovation and productivity. 

We have a great culture and team that work collaboratively to get things done. We put a lot of focus on talking to our stakeholders, and understanding what is actually happening in the market. Everyone in the team has the opportunity to lead pieces of work and attend meetings with the Minister. 

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana - Skills and experience required:

For the role of either Policy Advisor or Senior Policy Advisor, ideally you will:

  • Be motivated with experience in solving tricky policy problems and formulating high-quality policy and regulatory advice
  • Have a good base of experience in public policy as a Policy Advisor/Senior Policy Advisor or transferrable skills from an advisory, 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 build relationships with others and work collaboratively
  • Have the ability to work through ambiguity and deliver results

For the role of Senior Policy Advisor, ideally you will also bring:

  • 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:

View the Policy Advisor position description.

View the Senior Policy Advisor position description.

All applications must be submitted via our online process. Email Paige at paige.haydock@mbie.govt.nz quoting ref MBIE/5942 if you have any further questions.

Applications close Sunday 3rd July 11:59pm.

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