Senior Policy Advisor

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    5 months ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Policy and Research
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 30-OCT-19
  • Job Reference: MBIE/1428915
  • Job Title: Senior Policy Advisor
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  • Summary:
  • Help us advise Ministers on corporate law and intellectual property settings
  • Play a role in developing policy settings that support businesses, innovation and creative expression for the benefit of New Zealand
  • Work alongside a great team to ensure our corporate governance and intellectual property system is meets our domestic and international obligations and is tailored to NZ’s unique social, cultural and economic circumstances


About the role.

We have full-time permanent positions available at both Policy Advisor and Senior Policy Advisor level.  There is flexibility for this to be a secondment or to be part-time.

Work can be tailored to your skills and experience.    Current projects include:

  • Implementing changes to our insolvency law settings
  • Developing policy settings around the transparency of New Zealand businesses
  • Reviewing the Copyright Act and other key aspects of IP law
    • Working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and international partners to ensure that New Zealand’s interests are appropriately represented on the international stage
    • Advancing changes to our Plant Variety Rights regime
    • Partnering with Maori to establish how our intellectual property settings can better protect Māori rights and interests under the Treaty of Waitangi
    • Inputting into Free Trading Agreements and working with APEC on international issues


Corporate Governance and Intellectual Property policy team

In the Corporate Governance and Intellectual Property policy team, we provide advice on our foundational business law settings and on the policy relating to Copyright, Trade Marks, Patents and the IP protection of traditional knowledge and cultural expression. Our aim is to ensure these policy areas are effectively and efficiently meeting New Zealanders needs, adhering to our obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and meeting international requirements.

This is a diverse and fast-paced team that works with a broad range of stakeholders.  We work on issues that affect all of New Zealand’s businesses and consumers. 


Who are we looking for?

We are looking for people with experience of applying policy principles in a number of projects, strong stakeholder management and communications skills, a track record of problem solving and formulating high quality advice, particularly in highly ambiguous situations.  You are;

  • Naturally curious and like to question the status quo.
  • Interested in regulatory issues, exposure to Ministers and how Cabinet and Parliament work.
  • Comfortable working across multiple policy projects.
  • Enjoy working in a collaborative way.


As a Policy Advisor or Senior Policy Advisor, you will bring excellent analytical skills with the ability to provide clear, accurate, well-reasoned policy advice that is targeted to the audience by using your strong written and oral communication skills.  You will take ownership and action on challenges, working collaboratively with others.  You are all about making a positive contribution to the team.


How to apply

If you think you have what it takes to be successful in this position we welcome your application.

To apply, click on the “Apply for this job” button which will take you to our career website and a position description is provided. You will need to complete the application form and submit your CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role.

All applications must be submitted via our online process. If you have any questions please contact Lapulou Mo’ale on and reference MBIE/1428915

Applications close at 5pm, Thursday 7 November 2019