Principal Adviser - Rail & Freight

  • Do you have strong strategic and analytical skills and a strength for working with a range of stakeholders including across central and local government? 
  • Do you want to work with an engaged and forward-thinking team in a small agile Ministry?

There’s never been a more exciting time to work for the transport sector. Transport is a critical part of daily life for all New Zealanders. Transport affects every area of our society contributing to social, economic, environmental and health and safety outcomes.

The Ministry of Transport is the government’s chief policy adviser on transport. We are a small, collegial agency, working in a fast-paced environment. The Ministry has an important strategic leadership role. Our job is to ensure that our transport system supports a broad range of social economic, and environmental outcomes, and is positively shaping the cities and places we inhabit.

We are looking for a principal adviser to join our Rail and Freight team. You will help us lead our ambitious work programme including advising Ministers in areas such as the Future of Rail, coastal shipping, and significant business case work in the rail and freight area.

Due to an internal promotion, we’re looking for an experienced policy practitioner with an aptitude for crafting policy advice demonstrated strategic thinking, and extensive experience working collaboratively with stakeholders and advising Ministers.  You’ll bring your great attitude, initiative and your genuine desire to continuously develop yourself and others. You will be comfortable working with ambiguity and have a proven track record delivering high quality products with and through others at pace.

As a Principal Adviser at the Ministry, you will be responsible for providing thought leadership, overseeing the delivery of key work, supporting the overall capability of the team, and representing the Ministry across the transport and government sectors. You’ll also work collaboratively as part of our Principal Adviser cohort to accomplish shared goals.

What we offer

There’s a lot of opportunity here. We’re a small, friendly agency, working in a fast-paced environment. You’ll be close to the action and have plenty of opportunity to connect across the Ministry, with senior leaders and stakeholders. We pride ourselves on maintaining a work culture that is supportive, encourages learning and recognises success.

The salary range for this role is $106,836 to $150,828

To join this energetic and motivated agency, please apply through our careers centre including a cover letter and your full CV. For any questions or for more information email

For a confidential discussion about the role with Erin Wynne, Manager Rail & Freight please contact Sarah Royle on

Permanent – Full time

Job no: EJAK90437

Location: Wellington

Closing Date: Sunday, 26 May 2019