Principal Policy Advisor | Innovative Partnerships | Science + Innovation at Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
Wellington, NZ
5d ago
source : New Zealand Government Jobs

Wellington Central

Salary Range $129,000 - $157,000

  • Use your public policy skills and knowledge of government to shape a work programme that brings some of the most innovative firms to New Zealand
  • Be part of a team that contributes to the ongoing diversification of New Zealand's innovation-led economy
  • Work in an exciting, dynamic, future-focused environment with new challenges
  • Why work for MBIE?

    MBIE's purpose is to grow New Zealand for all. Achieving this will mean New Zealanders have higher standards of living, higher incomes, greater job opportunities and good quality, affordable housing.

    Our group Labour, Science and Enterprise (LSE) works with people, businesses, regions, and the science, innovation and education systems to help the country and New Zealanders to be successful.

    You will be part of an influential, energised and action-orientated team focused on stakeholder relationships.

    About The Team

    The Innovative Partnerships Team is a relatively new team based within the Science, Innovation and International Branch of MBIE.

    It develops new ways to bring international firms to New Zealand through innovative policy thinking. We work closely with both the science and innovation communities in New Zealand as well as international companies to ensure the levers exist to bring more economic growth to New Zealand.

    Our focus areas include, space, advanced aviation, future foods, clean energy and health innovation. This is a relatively new team with lots of opportunities for development and growth.

    The work we do is interesting, varied, exciting and challenging.

    About The Role

    This is a unique role, combining policy nous and a commercially-focused approach. We are looking for talented, creative and innovative policy professionals with a background in science and innovation policy, R&D, or technology-focused sectors who are keen to extend themselves with complex, ambiguous and novel problems.

    You will need to be able to share and influence areas of policy, and be able to work comfortably within the government system.

    You will need to be able to think in both a public and private sector way to solve problems.

    What You Will Need To Bring

    Ideally you will be experienced in public policy, with an understanding of R&D and businesses development processes. We value action-orientated people with a willingness to learn and a focus on getting the job done.

    You will need to be comfortable managing stakeholders both domestically and internationally, in the public and private sectors, and coming up with practical recommendations and leading edge solutions.

    You will need to be a good communicator, creative thinker, and problem-solver. Experience working in one or more of our focus areas would be a distinct advantage.

    We are a small team that places a strong value on supporting each other, open debate, and above all producing excellent work.

    We work across a wide portfolio, so each team member has genuine responsibility for delivery of the work programme, and autonomy to plan and organise their own work.

    Desired skills and experience

  • An ability to think in different ways, and look at problems from other perspectives
  • An ability to quickly learn about new concepts, technologies, and scientific industries and understand the opportunities in a public policy space
  • An aptitude for working with ambiguity, translating policy objectives into practical, actionable steps and following through
  • Intellectual curiosity and a willingness to follow your nose' to find, and solve, complex problems
  • Action orientated, able to develop project plans to deliver on the opportunity
  • Policy experience in one or more of our focus areas and experience in leading collaborative work programmes across a wide range of organisations and government agencies
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