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Small Business Policy Manager

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
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About the role

Small businesses are the lifeblood of the New Zealand economy and backbone of our communities – accounting for 97% of all businesses in New Zealand.  In recognition of the unique needs of small businesses, the Small Business Policy and Strategic Programmes branch was established in late 2019.  We work hand in hand with our delivery focused colleagues and small businesses to make New Zealand the best place in the world to do business.  

We are developing an ambitious policy work programme ready for you to refine and deliver. You have a new team with some existing people and others to recruit. You will have ideas and experience in bringing new teams or functions together and we will be looking to you to develop a high performing team as quickly as possible.


Skills and experience required

Our search for talent starts with you - a collaborative and highly motivated people leader. We will consider you for this role if you are:

  • An experienced people manager who exhibits Mahi Tahi. You value people and work well with peers, partners and customers to be better together.
  • Passionate about making a difference for small businesses in New Zealand.
  • Someone who understands government, has worked in a policy role before, and takes a Pono me te Tika - own it approach when it comes to getting results.
  • A systems thinker who can Pae Kahurangi - build our future through influence and innovation.
  • Comfortable leading in an environment where we are Māia - bold and brave and we try new things to get unprecedented outcomes.


You are joining a great leadership team in our branch but your collaborative approach doesn't stop there. In all aspects of this role you will work closely with your policy and operational peers across MBIE and government. Your exceptional stakeholder skills and will be utilised as you spend time creating and maintaining credible and enduring relationships with private sector partners.

You are a person who is comfortable with ambiguity. You're experienced, motivated and enthusiastic. On a daily basis you will use your ability to think on your feet, make quality decisions, and solve problems. You will work through engaged people to deliver advice and solutions of the highest quality.


What you'll get

At MBIE, we look after our people. In this role you will have a supportive and engaged authorising environment and great peers and colleagues. You solution focused policy design will mean you are connecting with and learning from our small business community. 

We offer a competitive salary, flexible work conditions and will invest in growing your capability.



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 range of areas. Our people are empowered to bring fresh ideas and perspectives and to develop new approaches.


How to apply

Click on the APPLY button below in order to start the online application process.  For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.  This position is based in either Wellington central.

We welcome your enquiries - to discuss please contact Steve by email quoting ref MBIE/1443260

Applications close 5pm, Friday 31 January 2020


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