Chief Economist and Manager Economics

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    3 weeks ago
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  • Category: Management
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 29-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: MPI21/1509569
  • Job Title: Chief Economist and Manager Economics
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  • Summary:
  • Newly created permanent fulltime position
  • Wellington based
  • 128k-150k per annum


Kei te tino whai whakaaro ngā tāngata o Aotearoa ki ā rātau mahinga ika me te taiao moana.

Ko tā Te Tini a Tangaroa, he whakahaere i ngā rawa ika kia tino whai hua ai mō ngā tāngata o Aotearoa.

Mā te mahi me mātau ka hoki koe ki te kāinga i runga i te mōhio i whai kiko ō mahi mō te whakahaere o ngā mahi whakahaere i ngā rawa ika o Aotearoa me te taiao moana whānui kia toitū ai.


New Zealanders care deeply about their fisheries and marine environment. 

Fisheries New Zealand works to ensure that fisheries resources are managed in a way that provides the greatest overall benefit to New Zealanders. 

Working with us means that every day you’ll go home knowing you’ve made a positive contribution to the sustainable management of New Zealand’s valuable fisheries resources and their wider marine environment.


Now is an exciting time to join Fisheries New Zealand.  We’re delivering transformational change that will modernise commercial fishing practices and better support sustainable fisheries.

Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

The Chief Economist and Manager Economics is a brand-new role that will ensure Fisheries New Zealand has access to expert independent economic advice when making decisions, through providing advice from the team and managing external supplier arrangements as needed.  This is a leadership role that reports to the Director Science and Information.

If you have a proven track record for supporting high quality decision making, through the provision of expert economic advice, then this is the role for you.  The Chief Economist and Manager Economics will lead the establishment of Fisheries New Zealand’s new economics function, as well as the design and delivery of innovative data solutions, to strengthen decision-making practices, in this rapidly evolving technical environment. 

Mōu – About You

Our preferred candidate is a qualified and highly experienced economist, who ideally has experience in fisheries economics or natural resource economics.  You’ll have experience in modelling and designing concepts on socio-economic wellbeing, for example, you may have worked with the Treasury’s Living Standards Framework.  You’ll be confident in engaging with senior stakeholders and communicating economic concepts to a non-technical audience.  This is a leadership role with one staff member, and scope to grow this function, so we are looking for someone who can role model collaborative working and can foster a high performing team environment.

We need someone who is well versed in building and maintaining successful relationships.  In this role, you’ll get to work with intelligent and passionate people with diverse backgrounds and skill sets across Fisheries New Zealand and MPI, other New Zealand Government agencies, Tangata Whenua, and industry bodies.  In this role, you will represent the Director as appropriate, and will be part of the directorate leadership team. 

Mō tō mātou rōpū – About our team

Fisheries New Zealand is a branch of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).  Its focus is to drive a stronger emphasis on managing New Zealand’s valuable fisheries resources, and their place in the wider marine environment. 

The Science and Information Directorate incorporates Fisheries New Zealand’s economics, science and research, data and insights, and contracts portfolio management functions.  We pride ourselves on being an exemplary work environment and a sought-after business partner for new innovations, based on our reputation for creativity and delivery.  We embrace diversity and we encourage flexible working arrangements.

To find out more about Fisheries New Zealand and what we do please click here.

Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to apply

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click “APPLY” or visit the MPI Careers Site.   For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers’ portal.

To be considered for this role, applicants must be available to interview within New Zealand or via Skype.



Applications close: Friday 26th February 2021


The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you’ll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you’re growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.