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Manager Operational Policy, Principal Advisor and Senior Advisor

Land Information New Zealand
Job Category:
Policy & analysis
Wellington - Wellington
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

  • Do you want to be part of a new team?
  • Are you a policy professional looking for an exciting challenge?  
  • Do you have an interest in protecting New Zealand's valued assets?


LINZ is establishing an Operational Policy Team within the Overseas Investment Office (OIO). 

This is a great opportunity to use your policy skills and be part of a new team that will shape the future direction of the OIO. 

We are looking for positive, passionate people who have the proven ability to drive change and positively influence the understanding of others.


We have three vacancies:


Manager, Operational Policy

In this role you will be leading the team responsible for developing operational policies and processes to support the OIO and its stakeholders.  You will drive the delivery of the ‘OIO Quality Programme' which contains a series of improvement activities that further increase the performance of the unit.  You will build a sense of common purpose, engagement and commitment within the team. The role also works with Treasury and other agencies by providing operational input into New Zealand's foreign investment policy.

A level of managerial courage, confidence, resilience and dealing with ambiguity will also go a long way in this role. 


Principal Advisor

This role is responsible for leading the input into operational policy processes related to overseas investment.  You will support the continuous improvement programme of the OIO and lead significant policy projects.  You will play a crucial role in developing  team capability through coaching and mentoring by actively sharing knowledge and expertise. 

We are looking for someone who demonstrates thought leadership, likes to work with others and enjoys complex analysis.  You will be known for having effective stakeholder management skills, and strong collaborative skills. You actively demonstrate strategic thinking, including the ability to generate new frameworks and come up with new approaches.


Senior Advisor

This role supports the OIO through the delivery of operational policy services and quality assurance of systems.  You will ensure the optimal performance of the OIO through the development and maintenance of regulatory frameworks, systems and methodologies.

You will provide your expertise to various policy projects. To achieve this you will use your strong stakeholder management skills to engage with operational and technical subject-matter experts within the organisation and relevant external agencies.


Key requirements for all roles

  • Proven experience in producing high quality policy advice that achieves Government outcomes and goals for LINZ
  • Must have a tertiary qualification in a legal, public policy or commercial discipline and a proven understanding of how businesses operate 
  • Working knowledge of the Overseas Investment Act is advantageous
  • Experience in providing advice to Ministers
  • Working knowledge of Official Information Act requests and parliamentary questions
  • Experience in driving continuous improvement through operational policy
  • Proven experience in building trusted relationships with stakeholders
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Cross government policy experience
  • An in-depth understanding of the machinery of government, particularly in a regulatory context
  • Ability to apply critical thinking and analytical skills to challenge/change/improve the status quo


About the OIO

The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) assists the Government in applying the Overseas Investment Act 2005 by ensuring quality investments in valued assets benefit New Zealand.

The OIO assesses applications from overseas investors wishing to purchase sensitive assets, and advises ministers on whether or not to grant consent. The OIO also makes consent decisions itself, under delegations from ministers.

The OIO also enforces the provisions of the Act to ensure investors gain consent when required; give truthful and complete information about themselves and their plans; and keep the commitments they made when they were granted consent.

The OIO is part of Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) which is the government department responsible for land related functions (including land titles), geodetic and cadastral survey systems, topographic information, hydrographic information, managing Crown property and administering the Overseas Investment Act.

Apply online and submit your CV and cover letter outlining your skills and experience for your preferred role.  The position description for each role is attached.

Please direct any queries to Michelle Brokenshire the HR Business Partner on or Niki Mansor the Senior Talent Sourcing Advisor on

Applications close at 5.00pm on Sunday 1 October 2017.

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