Team Leader, Trade Marks

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
  • Job type:
  • Posted:
    1 month ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Management
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 25-FEB-20
  • Job Reference: MBIE/1452159
  • Job Title: Team Leader, Trade Marks
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  • Division:
  • Summary:
  • Lead and manage one of the five the Trade Mark Examination team
  • Become a member of the Extended Trade Mark and Geographical Indications Leadership team
  • Manage workloads in light of team capabilities, and train and mentor your team
  • Permanent opportunity based in the Wellington CBD


About the role:

The Team Leader Trade Marks is responsible for leading and managing a team of trade mark examiners. This exciting new opportunity will lead a team consisting of Associate Trade Mark Examiners, Trade Mark Examiners and Senior Trade Mark Examiners.

You will be accountable for setting your team’s goals and devising strategies to ensure the team meets its output and quality objectives. You will be responsible for managing cases the within the team to minimise business risk, and ensure the best outcomes for applicants and the public.  You will be responsible for building your team’s overall capability, which will include resourcing and staff development through structured training, mentoring, and coaching.

As a member of the extended IPONZ Trade Marks and Geographical Indications Leadership Team reporting to the Trade Marks and Geographical Indications Manager, you will also be expected to contribute to the wider Trade Marks team’s strategic direction, projects, and constant business improvement initiatives.

A portion of the Team Leader’s time will also be dedicated to the examination of trade mark applications – applying the relevant trade mark  practices and policies, case law and international treaties.


 Skills and experience required:

  • Extensive trade mark examination experience at a senior level
  • Proven ability to coach and mentor
  • Ability to understand and apply relevant Trade Mark legislation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail, decision making and time management skills
  • Must have the legal right to live and work in New Zealand


 About IPONZ:

The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) helps New Zealand businesses protect their name, brand and ideas to realise the full economic potential of their intellectual property. IPONZ is globally recognised as one of the most innovative intellectual property systems.

IPONZ helps innovative businesses with:

  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Designs
  • Copyright
  • Plant Variety Rights
  • Geographical Indications

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About MBIE & Market Services:

The purpose of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is to grow New Zealand’s economy to provide a better standard of living for all New Zealanders.

IPONZ sits within the Market Services group. Markets Services strives to work with businesses, employees and consumers to help them participate effectively in the market place


How to apply:

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our online careers website. Here you can view the full Position Description, as well as complete the online application, and upload a CV and cover letter. For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be formally submitted via the online advertisement.

Email Matt Guy at quoting ref MBIE/1452159  if you have any further questions.


Applications close at 5pm on 10th of March 2020