Adviser – Strategic Policy & Innovation

Ministry of Transport

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington

There has never been a more exciting or challenging time to work on transport policy. Major changes will be needed to set transport on a path towards decarbonisation, while achieving a range of other social and economic outcomes.

The transport system is also undergoing a period of rapid technological change, which is creating new and exciting opportunities, but also bringing new risks into the system. We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced policy adviser to join our Strategic Policy and Innovation Team and help us address these challenges.

About the role

As a member of the Strategic Policy and Innovation team, you will have the opportunity to contribute to a variety of projects across all aspects of the transport system, with a particular focus on system strategy and new and emerging technologies. 

As a Policy Adviser, you will be able to turn your hand to a range of different issues and tasks. This includes responding professionally and comprehensively to requests from the public and the Minister. Ideally, you will already have some experience providing professional advice in a government, legal, consulting or industry setting.

This role will help us to understand the trends that will shape the future of transport, and to use those insights to inform our regulatory and investment settings to help us achieve the best possible outcomes for New Zealand. Some of the key projects you will have the opportunity to get involved in include work to understand the likely impacts and policy challenges related to autonomous vehicles, helping unlock the potential of data to better integrate transport services, and helping establish, communicate and embed the overall strategic direction for New Zealand’s transport system. 

You’ll be joining a busy, collaborative, energetic and supportive policy team. This is a team which jumps at the opportunity to think big and do things differently, 

What we are looking for

We are looking for a self-starter with a great attitude, who will be comfortable working in a highly collaborative environment. You will be a keen learner, someone who delivers exceptional outcomes, and demonstrates a great attitude and genuine desire to grow.

As a Policy Adviser you will have some experience providing professional advice in a government, legal, consulting or industry setting. Irrespective of your background, you will be regarded as a keen learner, someone who delivers exceptional outcomes, and demonstrate a great attitude and genuine desire to grow.

Our ideal candidate will have an inquiring mind and be able to see the big picture, while finding pragmatic solutions. You will have strong analytical skills, be confident engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders.

What we offer

The Ministry places a strong emphasis on professional development, and you’ll receive plenty of support to take ownership of your role. You will get the opportunity to work on challenging and high-profile issues across the transport system. 

The salary step range is: $60,000 - $92,000. The successful candidate will be appointed at a salary which reflects individual skills and experience.

We pride ourselves on maintaining a work culture that is inclusive, collaborative, bold and invested. Our waterfront offices further enhance the Ministry’s working environment. We are flexible by default and can offer work arrangements that support a healthy work/life balance.

How to apply

To read more about the role please download and review the position description and for specific queries, contact Richard Cross, Manager – Strategic Policy & Innovation +64 22 068 

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds, including Māori, Pacific and those with disabilities, who will enrich our understanding of the transport system.

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for these roles at the Ministry of Transport. Entry to New Zealand from all countries remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter before Wednesday 4th August 2021. 



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