Principal Policy Advisor

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    3 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type:
  • Category: Policy
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 03-MAR-20
  • Job Reference: NZTA/1445118
  • Job Title: Principal Policy Advisor
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  • Summary:
  • Shape the Agency’s regulatory policy
  • Bring your passion for policy and make a difference
  • Wellington Location


About us | Ko wai mātou

At the NZ Transport Agency, it all starts with our people. The organisation’s performance and success depends on the people who choose to make this a great place to work and make a difference for New Zealand. The Transport Agency has a strong future focus, understanding that new technologies and changing customer expectations mean the transport system we know today will not be the one we deliver in ten years’ time.

This is an exciting time for the Regulatory Services group as we set ourselves up for future success delivering end-to-end regulatory services that are sharply focused on outcomes and delivering our regulatory purpose and objectives.  We have a rare opportunity to drive positive change that will make a difference to the way we work and the outcomes we can deliver for the public. Safety is a top priority for the Transport Agency and we, as the Regulatory Services group, aim to improve safety and reduce the risk of harm by being a firm and fair regulator ensuring compliance – it is the essence of why we do what we do.

As well as interesting work, we offer a range of benefits including ongoing professional development, the opportunity to work flexibly (within our operational requirements), 4 weeks annual leave, subsidised health insurance, and an active social club. For more information check out :

The opportunity | Te Whiwhinga mahi

As Principal Policy Advisor, you will influence and develop transport legislation policy. Working closely with your team, you will support and advise not only the Agency but also the Ministry of Transport Policy teams to lead and support the formation of regulatory and transport policy and genuinely make a difference to future policy.

A key part of this role is to positively influence broader policy and legislative setting to enable the Agency to successfully deliver on the Agency plan.

We are looking for a collaborative and credible professional who loves writing and solving policy problems. If you are looking for your next challenge in a role with a high level of strategic and analytical thinking, then this is for you!

About you | Ko wai koe

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • Significant expertise and experience in the development and delivery of policy at a Principal level ideally
  • An outstanding communication style, including excellent influencing and relationship management skills
  • A high level of strategic, analytical and conceptual thinking in a complex environment
  • Significant understanding of the machinery of Government and the decision making process
  • An understanding of the policy within New Zealand’s transport system and regulatory framework

Applications close | Rā Katinga : 9 March 2020

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To be considered for this position you must have a legal right to live and work in New Zealand.