Senior Advisor – Regulatory Practice -NZ Space Agency

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    2 weeks ago
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    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Policy and Research
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 13-MAR-20
  • Job Reference: MBIE/1452631
  • Job Title: Senior Advisor – Regulatory Practice -NZ Space Agency
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  • Summary:
  • Help shape a new, rapidly evolving and exciting outcomes-focussed regulatory system
  • Play a key role in developing and implementing our regulatory function under the Outer Space and High-altitude Activities Act 2017
  • Apply your skillset and knowledge to help ensure safe, secure and responsible activities in outer space and high-altitude
  • Engage and collaborate widely across the New Zealand local and central government, and internationally

About us

Based in Wellington, you will work with a great bunch of people in a collegial team environment, known for getting things done. Sitting within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Space Policy and Regulatory Systems team (part of the New Zealand Space Agency) leads the regulation and policy development of outer space and high-altitude activities from New Zealand, enabling the development of a space industry that is safe, secure and responsible.

The team collaborates with local, national and international agencies and stakeholders, to regulate space or high-altitude activities. It provides advice concerning licensing and permitting, and the development and operation of the regulatory system. Additionally, we ensure that New Zealand meets its international obligations.


Reporting in to the Team Leader Regulatory Practice, you will provide sound advice and support on key regulatory issues. This is a developing team and you will have the opportunity to provide advice and guidance in support of the regulatory practice and policy functions, systems and processes.

You will play a leading role in our work on key regulatory and policy activities, including application assessments, risk management, monitoring and compliance activities under the Act.

  • Use critical thinking, reasoning and judgment to identify issues and risks early, see them in the wider context and use foresight and judgement to prioritise these
  • Engage and collaborate with key external agencies and stakeholders in New Zealand and overseas, including New Zealand’s emergency services and the likes of the US Federal Aviation Administration and NASA
  • Take a leading role on government involvement in risk management of launch campaigns, as a coordinator of local area and national agency activities
  • Support the New Zealand Space Agency’s licencing and permitting function, including leading the assessment of complex or novel applications that present unique regulatory challenges

Who we’re looking for

We are looking for an experienced professional with the enthusiasm to drive the development and effective operation of a new regulatory system, in a fast-paced and rapidly evolving sector with global reach and significance. The ability to seek and obtain a New Zealand security clearance is an essential requirement for this role.

In particular, we value candidates who can:

  • Demonstrate an ability to integrate legislation, regulations and policy in to day-to-day operational processes, and present statutory or technical information in a manner which is clear and easily understood
  • Lead multiple projects or programmes of work where different skill sets are required, and analyse system effectiveness to make outcomes-focussed recommendations for improvement 
  • Manage critical relationships with internal and external stakeholders, regulated parties and other regulators, and coordinating activities through to a successful conclusion
  • Adapt information and present technically complex information appropriately, to a range of audiences, including clearly communicating complex technical information to a non-technical audience
  • Excellent problem identification, an eye for detail and a demonstrated ability to develop solutions
  • Integrity, agility, energy and determination to achieve with a sense of urgency

How to apply

Click on the APPLY 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 tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

For more information, download a copy of the position description, or contact Steve Scannell 04 901 8335 or

Applications close 5pm Friday 20th March