Commercial Economics Manager

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    2 months ago
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  • Category: Policy/Analysts
  • Location: Dunedin
  • Date Advertised: 18-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: DOC/800/5100D
  • Job Title: Commercial Economics Manager
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  • Summary:

The Pricing and Economics Unit is responsible for achieving improved conservation outcomes and addressing the need to drive greater revenue from those who benefit from the use of conservation assets. We have an opportunity to join our Unit as our Commercial Economics Manager leading a team of 5 direct reports. The focus of your team will be to ensure robust revenue, commercial and economic advice to support decision making across the organisation. 

This is a rare opportunity to take advantage of your economics expertise to make highly valuable contributions to New Zealand conservation. We are looking for a dedicated and collaborative leader to join us who feels inspired, day in day out and connected to our united purpose: Papatūānuku Thrives.

Toitū te marae a Tāne, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata. If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive.


He angitūtanga: About the Role

As the Commercial Economics Manager, you will be responsible for ensuring your team provide high quality advice to optimise revenue generation and growth and can articulate the value of this approach to the conservation estate. You will be comfortable with economic theories alongside a practical and commercially aware skill set. You will be responsible for building commercial expertise as well as the development of other capabilities within your team such as economic modelling, evaluation and research

This role is accountable for establishing and reviewing the methodology for determining the fees commercial operators pay for operating on public conservation land (concessions, leases etc) as well as leading work to articulate the wider macroeconomic value of conservation estate to the New Zealand economy. By bringing together this expertise it is expected you will be at the forefront of shaping the organisations thinking around new approaches for managing places in the future.

Please note: Half of the current direct reports to this position are currently working from our Dunedin based office. Although our preference is for the successful applicant to also work out of Dunedin, we are open to negotiating other working arrangements or locating the role in Wellington with the rest of the team and wider unit.


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

This appointment requires a dynamic and influential leader who can demonstrate significant experience and capability in economic thinking and commercial realism, preferably in the tourism sector. You will be a highly skilled negotiator with exceptional communication skills enabling you to work productively with a diverse range of stakeholders. We are seeking an experienced people leader who is skilled at inspiring, motivating and maximising the expertise of their team.

Specific skills

  • Practical experience in the development and implementation of pricing methodologies, fee setting and economic evaluation in a conservation setting
  • An understanding of macro-economic principles and public policy relevant to DOC
  • A tertiary qualification in economics, or equivalent experience in business or commerce
  • Proven experience working with a range of internal and external stakeholders, able to balance competing objectives.
  • A broad understanding of conservation management
  • An ability to shape new thinking, establish frameworks and influence outcomes in a changing environmental and economic context


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What’s in it for you?

As a unit we are working co-operatively towards achieving ambitious goals for the department, this is your chance to be a part of that. You will be leading a supportive and collaborative team who has already made impressive progress in this space. You will have the opportunity to make this team your own and support their ongoing development.

We also offer:

An outstanding working environment. Being the multiple award winner of the most attractive employer in the public sector (and second overall) with an average turnover beyond 10 years, we know people generally really enjoy working with us!

We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.

Excellent development opportunities across the Department.


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements above. 

For any enquiry, please contact Morgan Alexander at [email protected]

Applications close at 5pm, time on Monday 15 February 2021.

DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.