Policy Advisor | Competition and Consumer Policy | Wellington
|Category:||Policy and Research|
|Position Type:||Ongoing - Full Time|
|Attachments:|| Policy Advisor - Position Description, June 2021.pdf (PDF, 1,015KB)
|Application Close Date:||28-Sep-2021|
- Help solve complex policy challenges
- Be supported to grow your policy craft and career
- Make a real difference for New Zealanders
- Two permanent positions available
About our MBIE policy community
MBIE has a diverse range of policy, regulatory and service delivery responsibilities that help build the economic success of New Zealand. Our purpose is to “grow New Zealand for all” and our work makes a difference to many aspects of New Zealanders' daily lives. This work is all the more important with many key government priorities being delivered in 2021 and beyond. There couldn't be a better time to join us and make an impact!
MBIE has a well-established public policy community that work across a wide range of subjects. For more information go to: MBIE Policy Community.
About our Policy Advisors
Our Policy Advisors support some of the most interesting, complex and high profile government projects. Working alongside experienced and supportive policy professionals they develop and apply their public policy skills and experience to deliver results for New Zealand.
They use their strong communication skills to engage and work collaboratively with various groups. They bring a base knowledge of public policy as well as an understanding of the machinery of government, Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles, to better position New Zealand for the future.
They work across different levels to learn from experts and build their own knowledge. With the wide variety of work across the different policy areas, there are numerous opportunities to develop their policy craft and build their careers within MBIE.
Salary range: $69,369 to $88,295 p.a.
Are you who we are looking for?
We are looking for motivated people with experience in problem solving complex problems and formulating high-quality policy advice for a range of stakeholders and projects. Ideally you will have:
- A good base of experience in public policy as a Policy Advisor and/or transferrable skills from an advisory, legal or similar role
- Bring knowledge of policy development disciplines and processes
- Enjoy working on complex problems, generating ideas and coming up with solutions
- Have the ability to build relationships with others and work collaboratively
- Good at communicating complex information orally, written and visually
- The ability to work through ambiguity and deliver results
About our team
The Competition and Consumer Policy team's goal is to ensure businesses treat each other, and consumers, fairly. To get there we advise Ministers on how to regulate to encourage competition and protect consumers.
We lead policy advice to the Government on whether our competition laws and institutions are effective, including the strategic settings for how competition policy can contribute to our economic growth. We also advise Ministers on whether our consumer laws are working well.
This is a diverse and fast-paced team that works with a broad range of stakeholders. We work on issues that affect everyday consumers and with many major industries such as communications, transport, energy, primary production, banking and payments.
Why work for us?
You'll work on New Zealand's foundational commercial and consumer policy – something that affects all of us. Team members typically work on a range of projects within the team – there's never a dull moment! The breadth of work means there's always something to play to your strengths and something to stretch you.
In our team we live the concepts of manaaki and mahi tahi to deliver on the Minister's priorities. Our mix of skills, personalities and backgrounds – which makes it a dynamic environment. We also support people to work in a flexible way that suits them.
It is an exciting time to be working on competition and consumer policy issues. We are currently working on a range of issues, including:
- Progressing the development of a consumer data right to enable things like open-banking
- Regulating to reduce merchant service fees
- Initiating and responding to Commerce Commission market studies
- Implementing new lending regulations to ensure borrowing is affordable
- Advising on ways to protect consumers from harm when using buy now pay later products
- Advising on changes to the Commerce Act and Fair Trading Act
- Inputting into Free Trading Agreements and working with APEC on international issues
- Leading the economic regulation part of the government's work on ‘3 waters'
Click on the APPLY button to submit your CV and cover letter. For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process. We welcome your enquiries – for a confidential chat please contact Paige email@example.com quoting ref MBIE/1566391
Applications close 5pm Tuesday 28 September 2021