Principal Adviser – Strategic Policy and Innovation


Principal Adviser – Strategic Policy and Innovation

  • Helping Ministry with their emerging technologies work programme 
  • Join a fun and enthusiastic team of people working in an agile and collaborative environment
  • An all-rounder and a self-starter with a great attitude

Provide policy leadership and apply your strategic skills to interesting and challenging topics

Te Manatū Waka, Ministry of Transport is the Government’s lead adviser on transport policy. We are a small but agile Ministry – which is perfect if you are after a chance to shine! 

We are looking for a curious and engaging Principal Policy Adviser to join our Strategic Policy and Innovation Team in Wellington(Permanent Position). You’ll be joining a fun and enthusiastic team of people who are helping to identify and address future challenges for New Zealand’s transport system. 

We pride ourselves on being a small, friendly agency, working in a fast-paced and agile environment. The Ministry places a strong emphasis on professional development, and you’ll receive plenty of support to take ownership of your role. We offer flexible work arrangements to embrace a healthy work/life balance.

Why join the Strategic Policy and Innovation Team?

  • This is an opportunity for someone to show policy leadership, own your work and help shape our approach to some interesting and challenging issues
  • This is a rare role in government because it is an opportunity to apply strategic policy skills in a very practical way. A big part of the role is helping us with our emerging technologies work programme, and in particular our work on autonomous vehicles, so you will get to be at the cutting edge of policy in an area where there is lots of scope for innovative thinking
  • You will get to work in a collaborative team, with great people, who are enthusiastic about the work that they do

Being a Principal Adviser

As a Principal Adviser you will have strong analytical and critical thinking skills along with strong stakeholder engagement. You will have experience with systems-thinking or strategic policy, and will need to take good initiative and be able to organise and shape a work programme as well as lead a small project team of people to deliver results

Subject matter knowledge isn’t essential, and you don’t need to be a technology whizz to excel in this role.  But an understanding of the transport sector and experience in in strategic policy would be a definite advantage. You will have experience engaging with and influencing senior officials,Ministers and the private sector.

We are open to applications from experienced senior advisers who  are looking for an opportunity to step up.

The salary step range is $118,256 - $157,674. The successful candidate will be appointed at a salary which reflects individual skills and experience.

How to Apply

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a Ministry that represents the wider Aotearoa that we serve. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging.

Download the position description or visit our website to find out more about us OR for a confidential discussion about the role with Richard Cross, Manager Strategic Policy & Innovation, please call +64 22 068 8516.

All our existing and new staff needs to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 Vaccine and provide evidence of vaccination before accepting a role with Ministry of Transport.

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for these roles.

If this ticks all your boxes, we’d love to hear from you! Apply today including your cover letter and your full CV before 26 May 2022. 

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Permanent – Full time

Job no: EMAP20859

Location: Wellington

Closing Date: Thursday, 26 May 2022