The Commerce Commission is New Zealand’s competition, consumer and regulatory agency. Our purpose is to achieve the best possible outcomes in competitive and regulated markets for the long-term benefit of New Zealanders.

Chief Economist, Competition and Consumer

  • Expert competition economist
  • Member of Branch Leadership Team

The Commerce Commission is New Zealand’s competition authority and economic regulator. The Competition Branch is responsible for enforcing laws relating to competition and consumer protection.

In the competition area, this includes merger control and trade practices (dominance, cartel and other anti-competitive conduct) regulation. The Branch also plays an educational role with businesses and consumers to enhance compliance with these laws.

Reporting to the General Manager, Competition, this is an exciting opportunity for a talented Chief Economist to lead the Economics team, and be part of the broader Competition Branch Leadership Team.

You will contribute significantly to our organisational reputation, being visible and trusted in all relevant situations. Your ability to form and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders will be vital to your success in this role.

You will have expert knowledge and experience with all aspects of antitrust/competition economics, including managing expert testimony for cases and supervising more junior economists. You may also have experience with other aspects of micro-economics and industrial organisation, as well as, econometrics or behavioural economics.

Your core strengths will include:

  • expert experience in the application of competition/antitrust economics to merger control
  • being a sophisticated economic adviser and thought leader – with an ability to provide strategic steers and to manage a team working across the full range of antitrust issues affecting markets
  • leading and developing a team of expert competition economists
  • having excellent judgement in handling complex competition and consumer issues
  • providing strategic leadership across a multi-disciplinary group with diverse functions
  • having highly effective relationship management ability at the most senior levels in the private or public sector.

Read more in the position description below or contact Janet Rees, Senior Human Resources Adviser on (04) 924 3719 for more information.

To apply for this position please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter to

Applications close at 5pm on 31 October 2017.

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