Principal Adviser - Resilience & Security

  • Are you looking for a position where you can have a positive impact on the resilience and security of New Zealand’s transport system?
  • Want to work with an engaged and forward-thinking team?
  • Want to develop your skills and policy expertise?

Opportunity to work at the cutting edge of policy, on high-profile issues

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. 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’re looking for Principal Adviser to join our Resilience and Security team, based in our Wellington office.  As a Principal Adviser at the Ministry, you will be responsible for providing thought leadership, overseeing the delivery of key work which includes working across the sector to:

  • build a longer-term strategy to improve transport system resilience and security, including a clear vision and outcomes framework

  • encourage engagement and collaboration across the transport sector on transport system resilience and security

  • provide clear advice on the appropriate role government should play to achieve a resilient and secure transport system

  • responding professionally and comprehensively to requests from the public and the Minister.

You will have six or more years experience in a relevant field and bring with you solid background experience in leading and steering projects, problem-solving complex issues, assessing options and advising on a direction. You will support the overall capability of the team, and represent the Ministry across the transport and government sectors. You’ll also work collaboratively as part of our Principal Adviser cohort to accomplish shared goals. 

This is a permanent position, however we are open to considering a secondment opportunity for the right candidate. You will be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance of “SECRET”.

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 $108,923 - $153,774

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

For a confidential discussion about the role with Shelley Tucker, Manager – Resilience and Security please contact Greer Birkinshaw on



Permanent – Full time

Job no: HHAO90470

Location: Wellington

Closing Date: Wednesday, 21 August 2019