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Senior Advisor - New Zealand Space Agency

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
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Policy & analysis
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

  • Are you an experienced regulatory professional, looking for an opportunity to shape a brand new and rapidly evolving, risk-based regulatory system?
  • Be a key part of our licensing and permitting function under the Outer Space and High-Altitude Activities Act 2017
  • Take a hands-on a role in the safe, secure and responsible operation of these activities from New Zealand 
  • Contribute to the future development of our regulatory system, to enable the New Zealand space sector to flourish
  • Work with a great bunch of people in a collegial team environment, known for getting things done
  • Permanent opportunity


About us

The New Zealand Space Agency is the lead Government agency for space policy, regulation and business development relating to outer space and high-altitude activities from New Zealand.

We were set up in 2016 within MBIE's Science, Innovation and International branch to enable the development of a New Zealand-based space industry.

Our regulatory practice function manages regulation under the Outer Space and High-Altitude Activities Act 2017, and the effective operation of this regime.

The regulatory practice team will work closely with local, national and overseas regulators and with stakeholders and the regulated organisations under the Act to enable safe, responsible and secure activities. As an agile regulator, the team will develop and drive the development of regulatory practice, including procedures, processes, systems and standards in this rapidly evolving sector.

We will be advertising for multiple regulatory policy, international and operational roles across the agency over the coming months, and we also welcome expressions of interest for those opportunities.



This is a newly formed team and you will have the opportunity to be part of shaping its formation and future agenda. As Senior Advisor, you will report to the Team Leader, Regulatory Practice.

In this role, you will lead the agency's work on key regulatory activities, including pre-screening, application assessments, risk management, monitoring and compliance activities under the Act.

You will be the government's national coordinator across local and national agencies for launch activities.


  • Lead on government involvement in and risk management of launch campaigns, as coordinator of local area and national agency activities 
  • Lead on monitoring and compliance activity, including management of external agencies and management of Technology Safeguards Agreement (TSA) obligations and response to the TSA hotline 
  • Lead on pre-screening, application assessments and undertake assessments against certain tests under the Act 
  • Responsible for undertaking assurance under the Agreement for launches and preparing advice to the Minister 
  • Lead on management of Protective Security Requirements across agencies 
  • Undertake wider space agency work as required


Who we're looking for

We are looking for an experienced regulatory professional keen to drive the effective operation of a brand new regulatory system, in a fast-paced and rapidly changing sector and global regulatory regime. In particular, we value:


  • Experience and knowledge of risk-based regulatory systems 
  • Credible relationships and respect from diverse stakeholders, including senior managers, managers, team members, staff in partner agencies and key external stakeholders and opinion leaders 
  • A thorough understanding of public policy processes including stakeholder consultation processes 
  • Experience delivering high quality advice to Ministers with little supervision 
  • Excellent problem identification and solution skills and an eye for detail 
  • Integrity, energy and determination to achieve with a sense of urgency 
  • Desire to deliver excellent customer service both internally and externally


How to apply

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our on-line careers website.  You may view a position description at this site, as well as complete the on-line application, and upload a CV and cover letter. For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

For more information, download a copy of the position description, or contact Peter van de Merwe on

Applications close 5pm Thursday 28 September 2017.



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