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Solicitor/Senior Solicitor

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
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Legal & courts
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

  • Two permanent opportunities, one solicitor and one senior solicitor
  • Providing general legal advice across MBIE's different regulatory systems
  • Busy central Wellington role with a high degree of client interaction


About the role

Due to movement with the Legal Branch we have two opportunities to join our Corporate & Registries Team.

We are seeking a Solicitor to work with an initial regulatory focus on energy markets to ensure that NZ's focus on oil, gas, mineral and coal resources are effectively managed.

For the senior solicitor role there is again opportunity to work across MBIE's regulatory systems with an initial regulatory focus on supporting those working within the Building & Construction system including occupational regulation.  Ideally you will have experience in the fields of privacy, official information and regulatory compliance, as well as strong communication and relationship management skills.

Both roles will be working with other in-house counsel providing advice on a wide range of legal issues.  You will need to be technically proficient, agile, adaptable and a strong communicator.


Skills and experience

To be successful in the role, you will need to have the following:

  • Experience in public law and an understanding of the mechanisms of government
  • Strong legal technical skills
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication abilities, which allow you to convey key ideas and issues in a way that is suitable to the audience
  • Strong relationship management skills and an ability to work well with others
  • Enthusiasm, drive and a proactive nature 
  • A tertiary qualification in law and a practising certificate


Experience working in relation to one or more of MBIE's 16 regulatory systems would be an advantage – for example, Accident Compensation, Building, Communications markets, Competition, Consumer and Commercial, Corporate Governance, Employment relations and standards, Energy markets, Immigration and/or Trade international and standards.


For the Senior Solicitor position:

  • experience  working on governance, integrity and conduct matters and / or regulatory compliance and enforcement
  • the ability to lead assignments and to coach and mentor other team members


About the team

The Corporate & Registries team provides general legal advice to all of MBIE's operations, including in relation to MBIE's 16 different regulatory systems and on governance, integrity and conduct matters that touch the organisation.  Due to flexibility within the team, there is scope for our lawyers to work in relation to different regulatory systems, depending on their experience and interest.


Why work for us

We aim to create a culture where our people are empowered to bring fresh perspectives to issues and to develop new approaches.  Our collaborative team encourages a positive, customer focussed, innovative and best in class attitude.  We are a fun, focused and supportive team who works hard to deliver excellence to our customer groups. 


About MBIE

MBIE's purpose is to grow the New Zealand economy to provide a better standard of living for all New Zealanders. At MBIE, we look for people who are passionate about New Zealand and enthusiastic about making a positive change to our economy, our people and our safety.  As part of the Corporate Governance and Information Group, MBIE's Legal Branch is responsible for providing a centre of legal advice leadership and expertise for MBIE, and is an exemplar of best practice for both the public service and the wider New Zealand labour and business markets.

More information about MBIE's 16 regulatory systems is available at


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 outlining your suitability for this role.

For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

Please provide details in your cover letter of whether you wish to apply for the 12 month fixed term or secondment Solicitor position or the permanent Senior Solicitor position.

Email Jo Smith quoting ref MBIE/1429674 if you have any further questions.

Applications close at 5pm 13th November 2019.

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