Senior & Principal Advisers – Demand Management and Revenue

Ministry of Transport Te Manatū Waka

  • Full Time
  • Wellington

Do you want the opportunity to provide policy leadership? Is yes, read below!

We are looking for up and coming OR high-performing Senior and Principal Policy Advisers to join our Demand Management & Revenue Team. Both roles provide an opportunity to broaden your policy experience, deliver reactive & strategic advice and deepen your understanding of demand and revenue processes.

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! 

The Demand Management and Revenue policy team is responsible for advising the government on why and how it should influence transport choices (how, when, and where people travel and freight is transported) and on the funding and financing tools for land transport, including road user charges, fuel taxes, and tolling.

This includes considering the role of pricing tools in achieving transport and wider government outcomes such as reducing congestion and carbon emissions. It also includes ensuring that current revenue and funding tools are fit for purpose and considering how revenue and funding tools will need to operate in the future. 

Why join Demand Management and Revenue?

You will get the opportunity to provide policy leadership, undertake complex analysis and develop innovative and practical policy solutions – with an eye on real world application. 

You will broaden your policy experience and influencing skills. Deliver reactive and strategic advice that can range from technical (e.g. the Road User Charges system) to ‘big picture’ (e.g. who should pay for what?). There is the opportunity to be involved in regulatory processes, including primary legislation, and stakeholder engagement. 

Most importantly, you will be part of a busy, collaborative team, with energetic policy minds and a proven track record of delivery.

Some of the things the team are working on:

  • Investigate the role of pricing in influencing travel choices, and specifically congestion pricing for Auckland and pricing to reduce carbon emissions
  • Provide strategic direction on travel demand management 
  • Develop guidance on funding tools
  • Consider how we should fund transport in the future 

Being a Senior Adviser

As a Senior Adviser, you’ll lead projects that have a real impact on the lives of New Zealanders and speak to your work at Ministers’ meetings and Select Committees.

You will join us from a background where you’ve gained solid experience in leading and steering projects, problem-solving complex policy issues, and assessing options. You’ll be someone who can take all the information on an issue, analyse its facets, and decide on a direction. You should be comfortable working in a numeric environment and ideally have had some knowledge/exposure to assessment techniques such as cost-benefit analysis.

You will be confident managing programmes of work to ensure efficient, targeted policy analysis and advice is provided to support the delivery of organisation and government goals.

The salary step range is: $99,483 - $130,000. The successful candidate will be appointed at a salary which reflects individual skills and experience.

Being a Principal Adviser

As the Principal Adviser, you will work closely with the Manager to ensure the team delivers critical work programmes. You will use your skills to lead, inspire, and develop the overall capability of the team. Your innovative thinking will help shape the work programme and identify new approaches or opportunities.

You will have the opportunity to engage and influence at all levels within internal and external networks as well as mentor others in the team. This is a chance to challenge yourself and bring fresh perspectives on managing complex issues and programmes of work.

We are looking for someone who has a passionate can-do attitude to their work. You will need to be comfortable dealing with ambiguity, acting quickly, and supporting or leading a range of interesting and challenging work.

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


Both roles offer a significant opportunity to grow and progress your career, alongside working on high profile and challenging issues across the transport system. The Ministry offers flexible work arrangements embracing a healthy work/life balance. Whether that be working from home and/or having a flexible start and finish to the day will help with this, we can usually make it happen. 

We pride ourselves on being a small, friendly agency, working in a fast-paced environment on significant programmes of work. We pride ourselves on maintaining a work culture that is collaborative, bold and invested. Our waterfront offices further enhance the Ministry’s working environment.

Download the position description or visit our website to find out more about us OR for a confidential discussion about the role with Marian Willberg, Manager - Demand Management and Revenue please contact Elyse Irvine on +64 220201914.

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.

Please submit your application online including a cover letter and CV by Sunday 19th September 2021.

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