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Evidence and Insights Manager, Markets

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
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  • Help to develop and execute NZ's research and analysis strategy across the range of NZ's markets –energy, financial, consumer and communication
  • Lead the formation and development of a newly created team
  • Develop an operating model for your team that will build a reputation for quality and insight.


About the branch:

The Evidence and Insights branch was established in October 2017 and sits within the Corporate, Governance and Information Group (CGI). The Evidence and Insights branch is responsible for the full range of research, evaluation and data analysis functions across all of MBIE's areas of responsibility, providing the good quality evidence that MBIE requires to inform its decisions.


About the role:

The Evidence and Insights branch is about to launch a new operating model which realigns its people in multi-disciplinary teams focussed on specific subject matter areas.  

The Manager, Markets will lead a newly created team comprising strategic forecasting, analysis, research and evaluation skills. The opportunity and challenge will be to integrate a team with different, but complementary, skillsets into a collaborative, high performing team providing an end to end service that meets or exceeds the expectations of its clients in the Markets policy areas.

The current work of the team is focussed on the Energy Market and over the next year will need to expand to cover Communication Consumer and Financial Markets.

The role will be responsible for shaping the operating model of the new team. In particular, there is an urgent need to establish how the team engages and communicates with its clients and stakeholders, and how it works in partnership with these stakeholders to create the research strategy across a number of different market domains, including competition, consumer and commercial, energy, financial and petroleum and minerals markets. A successful strategy will provide MBIE with the evidence and insights it requires to make the decisions that will ensure the needs of New Zealand and its population are met.

The role reports to the General Manager of the Evidence and Insights branch. 

As well as leading your own multi-disciplinary team, in this role you will also be responsible for supporting the General Manager in the leadership of the branch, working collaboratively to forge strong relationships with the six other managers in the branch to grow capability across the branch and to foster inter-team cooperation.


Why work for us:

MBIE is one of New Zealand's largest, most influential and most diverse public sector agencies.  This means that we are able to offer significant opportunities for developing experience across a broad variety of areas.

We aim to create a culture where our people are empowered to bring fresh ideas and perspectives and to develop new approaches.

We also take the time to foster a work environment that is enjoyable for all.  This means we like to collaborate, support and encourage our people, encourage excellence and innovation and take the time to have some fun and celebrate our successes.


Skills and Experience:

We are keen to hear from you if you have:

  • An In-depth knowledge of research modelling, evaluation and analytical disciplines and processes, including latest developments in techniques and practices
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in economics/econometrics and the interpretation of related data
  • Understanding of the Energy Market and  general market dynamics
  • Experience in leading a research, evaluation or / and analysis functions.
  • Excellent change leadership, communication and coaching skills to embed a culture of excellence in the Branch
  • Knowledge of the New Zealand economy and the policy and market landscape across the MBIE portfolio areas
  • Demonstrated experience in influencing policy makers and other stakeholders using a relationship approach
  • A proven track record in leading large work programmes, taking into account both strategic and short-term needs
  • A strategic outlook with the intellectual capability to analyse large, complex issues and readily grasp and synthesise the ideas, analysis and advice produced by others
  • An understanding of government structures, processes, planning and reporting requirements
  • A tertiary qualification (preferably post-graduate) in economics or a related discipline


Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or New Zealand permanent residents.


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.

Please e-mail Sarah Frost at quoting reference MB1350398 if you have any further questions.


Applications close on Sunday the 26th of August at 5pm.  

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