Principal Policy Advisor

Posted on 15-Mar-2017
Application Close Date: 02-Apr-2017
Job Details
Policy and Research
Position Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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  • Challenging role for an exceptional policy leader
  • High priority work where you will help ensure our buildings are high quality, safe and healthy, and consumers are protected
  • Be part of a dynamic team that is working to improve building sector performance and the productivity of the construction industry
  • Build capability within the team and shape our work programme while broadening your skills and experience



About the organisation

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment plays a central role in shaping and delivering a strong New Zealand economy. We are a large organisation and our work is challenging and varied so MBIE can offer you significant opportunities for developing your career across a broad variety of areas.

Building and construction is a high impact and diverse sector that contributes more than 7% to GDP annually.  As well as residential building, construction underpins basic infrastructure and large building developments.  Demand from the construction sector drives a wide range of other activities in the economy. MBIE plays a leading role in regulating and guiding the building and construction sector.

The Building System Performance (BSP) Branch is responsible for the development of primary legislation for the construction sector, administers the Building Act and related statutes, and guides and advises the Minister and the wider sector on matters relating to building and construction.


About the role

We are looking for a Principal Policy Advisor in the Building Policy Development team within our Building System Performance Branch.

The Principal Policy Advisor role is challenging - you will have plenty of latitude to use your intellectual leadership to drive projects and help shape the future direction of the work programme of your team and the branch. While this position has no formal direct reports, principal advisors have responsibility for overseeing staff assigned to specific projects and for coaching and mentoring to help build the capability of the Ministry.


Skills and Experience

To be considered for a Principal Policy Advisor role you will need to demonstrate:

  • A strong policy background and relevant qualification.
  • Leadership of complex regulatory policy projects, working with technical experts, from development through to implementation.
  • Successful experience coaching and developing others.
  • Sophisticated interpersonal and communication skills allowing you to influence critical decision makers such as Ministers and senior sector leaders, and drive change.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of machinery of government.
  • Experience developing regulatory solutions and taking legislation through Parliament.


Why work for us

This is an opportunity to work in a rewarding and challenging environment, in a collaborative and results driven, yet fun and sociable, team. You will see the direct impact of your work from day one.

Teams in the Branch operate with flexibility to ensure resource go to priority areas, to allow for development opportunities and joint working across the Branch.

  • Be a part of a forward thinking and commercially savvy Ministry whose focus is on shaping and delivering a strong economy.
  • Enjoy the challenges associated with identifying barriers and facilitating solutions in a complex operational environment.
  • Be part of a team that is keen to make a difference in this important area of the economy, and have some fun doing it.

Developing our policy staff is a key focus for MBIE.  We aim to create a culture where policy staff are empowered to bring fresh perspectives and to be innovative. We work collaboratively with a wide range of policy and technical professionals in a fast-paced, close knit team environment, with plenty of opportunities for personal development.

With our large policy capability, MBIE offers significant opportunity for developing experience across a broad variety of areas. We encourage excellence and proactively support development through on-the-job learning and a mix of training courses, study opportunities, conferences and seminars, development programmes, and secondments and rotations to other branches.


How to apply

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our on-line careers website (

For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

Email Karen Stewart at quoting reference MBIE/1265347 with further questions.

Applications close at 5pm on the 2nd of April 2017