Principal Advisor – Overseas Investment Office

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    9 hours ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Other
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 16-NOV-18
  • Job Reference: LINZ/18/150A
  • Job Title: Principal Advisor – Overseas Investment Office
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  • Summary:
  • Do you enjoy an intellectual challenge and complex decision making?
  • Do you have considerable experience in public sector law?
  • Do you enjoy working in a political environment?


The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has responsibility for implementing the Overseas Investment Act.  The OIO operates in a political environment with a degree of public scrutiny.  We are expected to undertake a robust, quality assessment of applications.  We are growing our capacity to help us to operate in this environment effectively. 

We have opportunities for experienced Principal Advisors to join our highly skilled, welcoming and growing 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’ll come from an advanced and composite skillset with considerable legal experience and have good commercial nous and judgement along with professional integrity. 

Key to this role is providing advice to Managers and Solicitors on complex issues. You’ll also be engaging with applicants and their advisors to help them understand the rules, provide quality assurance on applications and be peer reviewing investment recommendations.  It goes without saying you’ll 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). Experience of coaching and mentoring junior staff would be an advantage.

Join a smart, hands-on regulator at an exciting time of strong growth and developing maturity and be part of making sure New Zealand’s assets are in the right hands, and enabling overseas investment that benefits New Zealanders.   Click on the ‘Apply online’ 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 further information on this role please contact Anneke Cockerell at

About OIO

The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) assists the Government in applying the Overseas Investment Act 2005.  This Act makes sure New Zealand’s sensitive assets are in good hands, and enables overseas investment that benefits New Zealand.

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 Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) which 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.