Principal Policy Advisor – Industry Policy

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    4 days ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Policy and Research
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 11-MAR-20
  • Job Reference: MBIE/1456255
  • Job Title: Principal Policy Advisor – Industry Policy
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  • Summary:
  • Play a leading role in shaping New Zealand’s economy for the future
  • Be part of a dynamic and collaborative team at the interface of government and industry
  • Bring your expertise to bear on important and interesting policy issues, while helping others to develop their skills

We are seeking Principal Policy Advisors to join our Industry Policy Team.

In the Industry Policy team we develop a deep understanding of the potential of different sectors of the economy, and think strategically about the role of government in supporting the development of industry in New Zealand.

This is an opportunity to play a leading role in the development of Industry Transformation Plans. We identify and actively partner with key sectors to set pathways to a more productive, sustainable and inclusive future, and to develop and implement policy that helps to realise this vision.

We are part of the Economic Development and Transitions Branch. The branch is responsible for providing policy advice on issues relating to the growth of our firms, sectors and regions. We are interested in how the government supports sectors, regions and workers through transitions, whether they be from adapting to climate change policy responses, or other effects such as automation or technological disruption.

We work hard on interesting topics and with a diverse range of stakeholders. We work collaboratively, and harness the knowledge and ideas of others with different perspectives and experiences. We celebrate our successes, support each other on the challenges, and importantly, we enjoy what we do.


MBIE offers significant opportunity for developing experience across a broad variety of areas. We are the government’s lead advisor on economic development and across the Ministry we hold a number of levers that directly affect our business environment. MBIE offers the ability to work on policy issues that make a real difference. You will get a mix of on the job and opportunities for more formal career development. And we’ll help you manage a healthy work life within your whole of life.

About the role

The Principal Policy Advisor is a leadership position in MBIE. You will work with other advisors and the EDT branch leadership team to shape and deliver the branch’s work programme and build the culture of the branch, with significant potential to coach and mentor other team members. You will bring your proven policy, relationship and delivery skills to support our work with key partners.

Experience in economic development policy would be valuable, but most important is the ability to think analytically and strategically through issues. An ability to engage effectively with sector stakeholders to influence outcomes is critical.

We are open to full-time, part-time, or flexible working arrangements for the right candidates – we are confident we can shape arrangements that are realistic and work for us and you.

About you

We are looking for people at the Principal Advisor level or ready to make the step up.

We are looking for people who:

-          Have a strong understanding of policy processes, delivering robust and strategic advice

-          Effectively lead and deliver complex work programmes

-          Build credible, respected relationships and engage with diverse stakeholders to influence outcomes (including Ministers, staff in partner agencies, Maori partners, industry partners, and other key external stakeholders)

-          Communicate coherently and with clarity on complex issues

-          Provide active coaching and mentoring support to others

-          Flexibly respond to changes in priorities and demands for work, and able to manage associated risks

How to find out more and apply.

All applications must be submitted via our online process.

If you have any questions please email

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 25 March.