Senior Compliance Officer

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    3 months ago
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  • Category: Regulation
  • Location: Multiple Locations
  • Date Advertised: 05-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: NZTA/1511205
  • Job Title: Senior Compliance Officer
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  • Summary:


  • Utilise your experience in a regulatory or compliance environment to make a difference to safety on our roads
  • Imbed a culture of compliance in the commercial transport industry by being a fair and firm regulator
  • At the forefront of cutting-edge regulatory work
  • 3 positions available
  • Location: any main Waka Kotahi office


Ko wai mātou | About us

At Waka Kotahi 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 Aotearoa. Waka Kotahi has a strong future focus, understanding that new technologies and changing expectations mean the transport system we know today will not be the one we deliver in ten years time.

As the lead regulator for land transport our purpose is to ensure that the system is safe, efficient, effective and operates in the public interest. Safety is a top priority for Waka Kotahi and we, as Te Rōpu Waeture (the Regulatory Services group), aim to improve safety and reduce the risk of harm by being a firm and fair real-world regulator applying principles of good practice grounded in Te Ao Maori – Whakapono (Integrity), Manaakitanga (Caring for people), Whanaungatanga (Relationships) and Kotahitanga (Unity). Being a real-world regulator means we take a systems view that is focused on improving safety outcomes and reducing harm, we work to understand why people behave the way they do and are pragmatic in how we respond, we encourage and educate to support people to comply and enforce compliance when necessary.

We encourage you to explore our regulatory strategy Tu Ake, Tu Maia – Stand Up, Stand Firmto learn more about our path to becoming a responsive regulator for the real world.


Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

The purpose of this role is to apply a risk-based approach to addressing non-compliance where public safety could be at risk. Our focus is to ensure commercial drivers and operators are fully compliant resulting in a safer transport system.

The opportunity presents itself as Waka Kotahi has recently revitalised its regulatory services and is increasing staffing numbers and capabilities in line with this direction. This includes how we act on non-compliance.

You will investigate commercial driver licence and endorsement holders and produce reports to improve driver behaviour and compliance through monitoring or drivers license sanctions to reduce risk, and may be used in Court proceedings. 

In addition, you will provide expert advice to stakeholders and undertake follow-up action where non-compliance is identified.

Travel is a likely part of this role.  So, you must have a Full Driver license, with no convictions.

As well as interesting work, we offer a range of benefits including ongoing professional development, the opportunity to work flexibly (within our operational requirements), 23 days annual leave, subsidised health insurance, and an active social club.   

Entry level candidates with some regulatory knowledge and/or experience, will also be considered at a Compliance Officer level.


Ko koe tēnei | About you

To be successful in this role you will bring

  • Knowledge of the regulatory profession including investigations, auditing, interviewing and negotiation skills.
  • Knowledge of the transport industry will be advantageous.
  • Passion and aptitude to work in a regulatory environment.
  • The ability to develop workable solutions to problems using a range of analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • The ability to understand and apply technical information and apply it in an operational context.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including effective presentation skills.
  • Proven ability to write professional reports to a high standard.
  • Able to use Microsoft Word and Excel to an intermediate level.
  • Strong relationship building skills and the ability to relate well, create rapport and build credibility.
  • Excellent influencing skills.
  • Able to apply a systematic and methodical approach to work.
  • Able to demonstrate perseverance to achieve and exceed goals.


  • A post graduate qualification is preferable or proven work experience in a similar work environment.


Rā Katinga | Applications close : Sunday, 21 Feb 2021

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

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). At the Agency we recognise the importance of diversity and inclusion and are committed to providing a working environment that embraces these values. Please do let us know if you need any support or have any access requirements that will help you through the recruitment process.