Space Activities Advisor - New Zealand Space Agency

Posted on 14-May-2018
Application Close Date: 27-May-2018
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Ongoing - Full Time
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  • Do you want to be part of a team ensuring the safe, secure and responsible development of a New Zealand space industry?
  • Are you comfortable working in regulatory environments that develop and change quickly?
  • Can you adapt quickly to new systems and ways of working?
  • Based in Wellington, you will work with a great bunch of people in a collegial team environment, known for getting things done


About us

The New Zealand Space Agency is the lead Government agency for space policy, regulation and business development relating to outer space and high-altitude activities from New Zealand. We were set up in 2016 to enable the development of a New Zealand-based space industry.

Working closely with other local, national and international regulators and stakeholders our regulatory practice team manages the effective operation of regulation under the Outer Space and High-Altitude Activities Act 2017, including licensing and permitting regulated parties covered by the Act enabling safe, responsible and secure space and high-altitude activities.

You will have the opportunity to be part of shaping this team during its formation and contributing to its future agenda. As an agile regulator, the team will drive the development of regulatory practice including procedures, processes, systems and standards in this rapidly evolving sector.



This is an exciting opportunity to build your regulatory skillset through exposure to the exciting and developing New Zealand space industry.  By working alongside other experienced regulators and policy professionals you will develop an in-depth understanding of risk-based regulatory and compliance practices and the Outer Space and High-altitude Activities Act 2017 (and associated regulations). 

Reporting to the Team Leader Regulatory Practice you will be engaging with licence and permit applicants to manage the end-to-end application process, engaging with other regulators and stakeholders (both nationally and internationally) and using your initiative and enthusiasm to cope with changing circumstances and dynamic workloads.


Who we're looking for

We are looking for a new or developing regulatory professional who wants to take the next step in their development and can demonstrate the enthusiasm, drive and ability to work in a brand new regulatory system, in the fast-paced and rapidly evolving space sector.

In particular, we value:

  • An eye for detail with the ability to undertake assurance and monitoring activities and to manage the end-to-end licensing or permitting process systematically and efficiently
  • Confidence managing critical internal and external relationships with other regulators, key  stakeholders and regulated parties and to coordinate activities through to a successful conclusion
  • Excellent problem identification and a demonstrated ability to develop innovative solutions
  • The ability to hold challenging conversations while remaining calm under pressure and continuing to deliver excellent customer service
  • An ability to integrate policy in to day-to-day operational processes, and present statutory or technical information in a manner which is clear and easily understood by a wide audience
  • Integrity, agility, energy and determination to achieve with a sense of urgency
  • Previous experience in a risk-based regulatory or compliance systems role, or an ability to transition into a regulatory and compliance function, along with experience delivering high quality advice and briefings to senior managers and Ministers could be advantageous
  • A relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent experience could also be of benefit


How to apply

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our on-line careers website.  You may view a position description at this site, as well as complete the on-line application, and upload a CV and cover letter. For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

For more information, download a copy of the position description, or contact Peter van de Merwe on with further questions.


Please note, candidates need the ability to gain and maintain a national security clearance to Secret level. 


Applications close at 5:00pm on Sunday 27 May 2018.