About this role Principal Advisor – Overseas Investment Office Do you enjoy an intellectual challenge and complex decision making?Do you have experience leading, coaching, developing, and providing support and guidance?Do you have great judgment which enables you to quickly identify risks and issues?Do you enjoy working in a political environment? The work of the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) ensures responsible overseas investment for a prosperous New Zealand. New Zealand values its land and business assets and it is considered to be a privilege for an overseas person to acquire them – that’s why the OIO exists. The OIO has a large reform package over the next year including changes to the way we assess applications and ensure investment is not contrary to our national interest.As part of our proficient and professional team, you’ll be provided with a broad variety of challenging work which will include assessing applications from overseas investors to invest in sensitive New Zealand assets, and the formulation of advice to aid decision making. You will also have variety through pitching-in and work across the different functions across the OIO so that we have the flexibility needed to respond as the demand and priorities change.We have an opportunity for a Principal Advisor to join our highly skilled and welcoming team. This position provides an excellent opportunity to apply advanced legal skills, commercial acumen, and technical leadership to the delivery of advisory services to the Crown. You will come with an advanced and composite skillset that includes legal experience. You will have good commercial nous and judgement along with professional integrity. Experience across Government would be an advantage particularly relating to engaging on matters of national security and national interest.Key to this role is providing advice to Managers and Solicitors on complex issues. You will also be engaging with applicants and their advisors to help them understand the rules, peer reviewing assessment reports on investment, building the technical expertise of the office and leading improvement initiatives. It goes without saying you will have excellent communication skills, including the ability to give feedback constructively and to build trusted relationships with internal and external stakeholders (including Ministers and their offices). You will have experience of coaching and mentoring junior staff. You must be able to obtain and maintain appropriate security clearance.Join a smart, hands-on regulator at an exciting time of transformation and developing maturity. Be part of making sure New Zealand’s assets are in the right hands and enabling overseas investment that benefits New Zealanders. If this sounds like you, then apply online and submit your covering letter and CV. About usThe Overseas Investment Office (OIO) assists the Government in applying the Overseas Investment Act 2005. The OIO assesses applications from overseas investors wishing to purchase sensitive assets and advises ministers on whether or not to grant consent. The OIO also makes consent decisions itself, under delegations from ministers.The OIO also enforces the provisions of the Act to ensure investors gain consent when required; give truthful and complete information about themselves and their plans; and keep the commitments they made when they were granted consent.The OIO is part of Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) is the government department responsible for land related functions (including land titles), geodetic and cadastral survey systems, topographic information, hydrographic information, managing Crown property and administering the Overseas Investment Act.Click on the ‘Apply Online’ button below to submit your application. We would like to see your CV and Cover Letter reflect your relevant experience and specific examples of similar work you have done. You will be taken to our Toitū Te Whenua LINZ Careers Page where you can complete your application form and upload a copy of your CV & Cover Letter.