Senior Advisor

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Tēnei Tūranga – About the role

The Senior Business Advisor plays a critical role in helping to shape MIQ’s business planning and performance framework.

They also actively manage the development of MIQ accountability products (such as Annual Review and Estimates documentation, input to the Annual report, etc) maintaining connections across MIQ to help design and improve an effective accountability system that supports leaders across MIQ into the future.  This role requires flexibility to re-focus effort if need be, to respond to our rapidly evolving environment.

Ngā Herenga – Requirements of the role

Personal specifications

  • Strong conceptual thinker and problem solver, demonstrating innovation and excellent judgement
  • Clear, concise communicator with particular strengths in writing official correspondence, briefing notes for senior leadership and the Minister
  • Able to cut a clear path through complexity
  • Self-motivated and results-driven, including the ability to do what is difficult or unpopular when required, to work effectively under pressure and focus on key issues
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to liaise and collaborate effectively at all levels of the organisation and an ability to build and maintain strategic relationships
  • Maturity, political nous, sound judgement, flexibility and a sense of teamwork in a demanding and unpredictable work environment, which can involve urgent problem resolution
  • Attention to detail and a commitment to accuracy and excellence
  • High energy drive and motivation


  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant field or equivalent experience


  • Must have the legal right to live and work in New Zealand

Takohanga Tuhinga o mua – Key accountabilities and deliverables

Critical areas of success

  • Works with others across MIQ and MBIE to ensure successful and on time delivery of the public sector accountability framework. This includes Annual Estimates of Appropriations, the Annual Review and the Annual Report.
  • Identifies opportunities as to how MIQs accountability framework will look in the future, how we work together with other branches across MIQ and MBIE and how all the processes fit together.
  • Committed and skilled relationship manager, using their influencing and collaboration skills and experience to build and maintain important relationships, in order to identify best practice processes.
  • Provides strategic advice on MIQ and MBIE-wide issues, and positioning the group with key external stakeholders.

Business Planning and Performance Management

  • Supports MIQ group business planning initiatives and performance reporting.
  • Able to identify trends from multiple data sources covering quantitative and qualitative data sets and relate these to the MIQ business planning and performance framework.
  • Continuously and independently monitors the environment, anticipates priorities and issues, and proactively liaises with colleagues to take action.
  • High quality accurate work is delivered within agreed timelines.

Relationship management

  • Recognised internally and externally as an innovative and cutting edge thought leader, contributing their knowledge and expertise to achieve the Ministry’s outcomes.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with key stakeholders that ensure MBIE’s views are influential in their decision-making.
  • Develops and maintains effective and productive working relationships with other relevant MBIE business groups.
  • Provides strategic advice on MIQ and MBIE-wide issues, and positioning the group with key stakeholders.

Wellbeing, Health and Safety

  • Displays commitment through actively supporting all safety and wellbeing initiatives
  • Ensures own and others safety at all times
  • Complies with relevant safety and wellbeing policies, procedures, safe systems of work and event reporting
  • Reports all incidents/accidents, including near misses in a timely fashion
  • Is involved in health and safety through participation and consultation

Tō tūranga i roto i te Manatū - Your place in the Ministry

The Ministry has ten business groups: Building, Resources and Markets; Corporate, Governance and Information; Digital, Data and Insights; Finance and Performance; Immigration New Zealand; Labour, Science and Enterprise; Te Whakatairanga Service Delivery; Strategic Policy and Programmes; Provincial Development Unit; Managed Isolation and Quarantine.

The Senior Business Advisor position reports to the Business Director in the Office of the Deputy Secretary branch of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine group.

More information about MBIE's structure

To mātou aronga – What we do for Aotearoa New Zealand

Hīkina Whakatutuki is the te reo Māori name for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Hīkina means to uplift. Whakatutuki means to move forward, to make successful. Our name speaks to our purpose, Grow Aotearoa New Zealand for All.

To Grow Aotearoa New Zealand for All, we put people at the heart of our mahi. Based on the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi, we are committed to upholding authentic partnerships with Māori.

As agile public service leaders, we use our breadth and experience to navigate the ever-changing world. We are service providers, policy makers, investors and regulators. We engage with diverse communities, businesses and regions. Our work touches on the daily lives of New Zealanders. We grow opportunities (Puāwai), guard and protect (Kaihāpai) and innovate and navigate towards a better future (Auaha).

Ngā matatau – Our competencies

Cultivates innovation We create new and better ways for the organisation to be successful by challenging the status quo generating new and creative ideas and translating them into workable solutions.

Nimble learning We are curious and actively learn through experimentation when tackling new problems by learning as we go when facing new situations and challenges.

Customer focus We build strong customer relationships and deliver customer-centric solutions by listening and gaining insights into the needs of the communities we serve and actively seeking and responding to feedback.

Decision quality We make quality and timely decisions that shape the future for our communities and keep the organisation moving forward by relying on an appropriate mix of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgement to make valid and reliable decisions.

Action oriented We step up, taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with purpose, urgency and discipline by taking responsibility, ownership and action on challenges, and being accountable for the results.

Collaborates We connect, working together to build partnerships with our communities, working collaboratively to meet shared objectives by gaining trust and support of others; actively seeking the views, experiences, and opinions of others and by working co-operatively with others across MBIE, the public sector and external stakeholder groups.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

As an agency of the public service, MBIE has a responsibility to contribute to the Crown meeting its obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Te Tiriti). Meeting our commitment to Te Tiriti will contribute towards us realising the overall aims of Te Ara Amiorangi – Our Path, Our Direction, and achieve the outcome of Growing New Zealand for All. The principles of Te Tiriti - including partnership, good faith, and active protection – are at the core of our work. MBIE is committed to delivering on our obligations as a Treaty partner with authenticity and integrity and to enable Māori interests. We are committed to ensuring that MBIE is well placed to meet our obligations under the Public Service Act 2020 (Te Ao Tūmatanui) to support the Crown in strengthening the Māori/Crown Relationship under the Treaty and to build MBIE’s capability, capacity and cultural intelligence to deliver this.

Mahi i roto i te Ratonga Tūmatanui – Working in the public service

Ka mahitahi mātou o te ratonga tūmatanui kia hei painga mō ngā tāngata o Aotearoa i āianei, ā, hei ngā rā ki tua hoki. He kawenga tino whaitake tā mātou hei tautoko i te Karauna i runga i āna hononga ki a ngāi Māori i raro i te Tiriti o Waitangi. Ka tautoko mātou i te kāwanatanga manapori. Ka whakakotahingia mātou e te wairua whakarato ki ō mātou hapori, ā, e arahina ana mātou e ngā mātāpono me ngā tikanga matua o te ratonga tūmatanui i roto i ā mātou mahi.

In the public service we work collectively to make a meaningful difference for New Zealanders now and in the future. We have an important role in supporting the Crown in its relationships with Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi. We support democratic government. We are unified by a spirit of service to our communities and guided by the core principles and values of the public service in our work.

What does it mean to work in Aotearoa New Zealand’s Public Service?(external link) — Te Kawa Mataaho The Public Service Commission

MBIE value: Māia - Bold & brave, Pae Kahurangi - Build our future, Mahi Tahi - Better together, Pono Me Te Tika - Own it