Local recruitment: Chief Adviser - Water

Commerce Commission New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand 🇳🇿

Auckland, New Zealand 🇳🇿

Job details

Job reference:CC/1689143E
Job category:Analysis
Location:Wellington or Auckland
Job type:Fixed-term
Date posted:22-Dec-2022
Application close date:23-Jan-2023
Attachments: FINAL PD – Chief Adviser Infrastructure or Market Regulation_ Dec 21(4227705.1).pdf (PDF, 292KB)Position Description

About this role

Chief Adviser, Water – 12 month fixed term contract

  • Are you curious about the three Waters reform, and how the new water services entities will be regulated as owners of critical infrastructure?
  • Are you seen as a leader in the Water sector with a deep understanding of service delivery and asset management?
  • Do you have Te Ao Māori expertise in water to help us give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi?
  • We are looking for a Chief Adviser to join our new Water Team to help establish our brand-new regulatory function for water infrastructure.

Ko mātou tēnei | Who we are

Te Komihana Tauhokohoko | The Commerce Commission is Aotearoa New Zealand’s competition, fair trading, consumer credit and economic regulatory agency. Our mission is to make New Zealanders better off by ensuring our markets work well and consumers and businesses are confident participants in those markets.

The Commission is going through an exciting period of growth, driven by increases in its functions, duties and powers and as a Crown entity, and we are focused on improving how we give effect to the Crown’s responsibilities under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

As part of the Government’s three Waters reforms, water infrastructure assets across the motu are being merged into four new ‘water services entities’ that are expected to be operational from mid-2024. As part of those reforms, the Commission has been given powers to review and provide comment on the asset management and funding and pricing plans for these new entities.

We are keen to find the right mix of people with the capability and passion for this mahi so we can be a champion of efficient and effective progress in the water sector.

Mō te tūranga | About the role

It’s an exciting time to join the Commission as we begin to build our capacity to deliver on this reform work, including understanding the role of Mana o te Wai and how to give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. There is also legislation before parliament that gives the Commission further powers in the form of economic regulation and consumer protection, similar to the work we do with other essential infrastructure.

You will play a leadership role in our Water team and help shape how we undertake our work plan. Our Chief Advisers often tackle the most important issues, and work closely with analysts to ensure our work considers the wider context and delivers on the Commission’s priorities.

You will form part of a dedicated, collaborative and hardworking team and help guide them as they undertake the review of the Asset Management and Funding and Pricing Plans for the new water services entities and provide internal analysis and insights to help build our expertise in the Water sector.

This is a 12 month fixed term role based in either our Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) or Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) office.

He kōrero mōu | About you

We are looking for someone with:

  • a deep understanding of the role of asset management and service delivery and how that can help deliver on the reforms in the Water sector
  • natural leadership as well as team player abilities developed in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • strategic experience in creation of analysis for a range of audiences, internal and external
  • proven project management experience, and track record of delivering
  • the ability to think strategically, and to manage and prioritise a portfolio of work
  • an in-built drive to get things done
  • the ability to use different information and data sources to draw insights and conclusions
  • well-developed relationship management skills, including a range of external stakeholders
  • Knowledge of Te Ao Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi

A university degree in a relevant field (e.g. engineering, law, economics, commerce, science, or statistics) and relevant work experience in the water sector is essential

You are comfortable mixing in legal, economic, and engineering worlds and working in multi-disciplinary teams and are excited to apply Te Ao Māori and Te Tiriti O Waitangi principals to our mahi, or are very keen to be on the journey to incorporate this critical perspective into our work. You are excited about the prospect of owning and driving work and are at ease with ambiguity. You have sound critical thinking skills, can write well, make assessments, and develop recommendations as required.

Above all, we are seeking a smart and curious individual who has a keen interest in infrastructure regulation, consumer protection, a keen interest in understanding how markets function, and someone who is committed to public service and working in the interests of New Zealanders.

Read more about the skills, experience and knowledge required for this position in the position description. If you are applying via SEEK, by clicking Apply Now you will be redirected to our careers page where you can access our position description. Te wāhi mahi | Working here 

We’re friendly and collaborative and enjoy contributing to our shared vision of making New Zealanders better off. Career growth and development is not only supported and encouraged, it’s a part of everyday life here. We also offer a range of benefits to show that we’ll value your mahi, including generous leave entitlements, study support, a range of wellness initiatives and competitive remuneration.  

We are committed to our people’s wellbeing. Any support needed is freely given, providing the opportunity for everyone to thrive. Our flexible working options are key to supporting that goal and our people have the technology they need to make it happen.  We even offer a contribution to working from home set up costs. Our environment is inclusive, and our people know they are free to be their authentic selves at work and structure the way they work to suit their lifestyle.

Ka pēhea te tono mai | How to apply

If you want to join our exciting new Water Team, please click ‘Apply for this job’ below. You will need to complete an online application form and upload your CV and Cover Letter outlining your motivation for applying for this role and the skills and experience you bring.

For any queries contact Kim McGregor on 04 924 3667 or kim.mcgregor@comcom.govt.nz Closing date for applications is Monday 23rd January 2023.

We will be enjoying the festive season from 12pm on Friday, 23 December 2022 until 9 January 2023. Closing dates have been amended accordingly to give you the opportunity to discuss details with us on our return.

In the meantime, have a safe and happy festive season.

Our recruitment process is fair, inclusive, and free from bias and we encourage our applicants to let us know if we can make it more user-friendly for them.  We are an equal opportunity employer.  We value diverse perspectives and the contribution every one of our people makes to our culture.  Put simply – you can be yourself here.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development