Closing date: Wednesday 1st December 2021, 5pm NZ time

  • Lead and shape a research programme on business-level support measures
  • Engage and collaborate across MBIE and other agencies
  • Fixed term for six months, Wellington-based

We have an exciting opportunity for a Principal Analyst to join the Business and Economic Development team at the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE).

About the team
The role reports to the Manager of the Business and Economic Development team within the Evidence and Insights branch. This is a multi-disciplinary team of economic analysts, researchers, evaluators and data scientists that has been recently carved out of a larger team to focus specifically on the economic development portfolio. We apply a range of analytical skills to support the sustainable economic development of New Zealand's businesses, regions and sectors. Our work is interesting, topical and has impact.

About the role:
You will lead a research programme designed to understand the impact of business support measures implemented during different types of economic shocks. This will be informed by data and literature that is available in New Zealand and internationally. Coordinating with a wide variety of stakeholders across Government and within MBIE is critical to the success of the role.

The ideal candidate will have expertise in research, evaluation or analysis techniques and this will be complemented by advanced strategic and critical thinking skills, with sound judgement to analyse evidence and issues. As an expert researcher and a thought leader, you will bring new ideas, techniques and knowledge to research and policy discussions. You will provide intellectual leadership, and support the team by guiding and mentoring less experienced colleagues. You will have highly-developed communication skills and be a natural relationship manager. You will also have a commitment to innovation and continuous improvement and generating new ideas and ways of doing things.

Skills and Experience:
We are keen to hear from you if you have (several of the following):

  • Extensive experience in conducting systematic literature reviews, and comparing and synthesising the empirical evidence into clear written outputs
  • Experience in successfully leading large and complex research programme or projects, taking into account both strategic and short-term needs
  • Strong stakeholder engagement and relationship management skills
  • Excellent communication and coaching skills to embed a culture of excellence in the Branch
  • Demonstrated experience in influencing policy makers and other stakeholders
  • Highly-developed communication and writing skills
  • A tertiary qualification in economics or a related discipline

Why work for us?
MBIE's Evidence and Insights (E&I) branch develops the evidence base for MBIE's decision making. We provide trusted information on the impact and effectiveness of government initiatives, and formulate insights to inform future policy decisions. We provide the data, analysis, and insights that help decision-makers do their best work. With about 90 staff in the branch, we have a broad range of expertise and offer excellent opportunities for development. This includes active Communities of Practice enabling sharing of knowledge and skills.

MBIE has recently been recognised as the third best employer to work for in New Zealand, according to Randstad’s 2021 Employer Brand Research.

Details of how to apply:

Please refer to our on-line careers website ( for the advertisement. 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.

Email Jo Smith at quoting ref MBIE/1133 if you have any further questions.  

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