Senior Economist, Economic Regulation

Our Regulation Branch is looking for a Senior Economist to join their Economics team and contribute to developing and delivering quality economic advice. This is a full-time position, based in our Wellington office.

The Commerce Commission is New Zealand’s competition, consumer and 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. Our regulatory responsibilities currently cover telecommunications, electricity and gas networks, airports and dairy sectors.

Secondments from other organisations within or outside New Zealand are welcome.

The role

The Regulation Branch aims to ensure the performance of regulated suppliers and markets produces long-term benefits for New Zealand consumers. Economists are involved in answering interesting and varied questions such as:

  • at what point should we deregulate a service?
  • should we determine a higher Cost of Capital to reduce the risk of under-investment?
  • what is the best way to incentivise electricity distribution businesses to provide the quality that consumers demand?

Working alongside other experienced economists in a purposeful, stimulating and collegial environment, you’ll provide advice to decision makers within the Commission and be a key member of project teams. You will work on projects that have a direct impact on New Zealand consumers, involving innovative issues to expand your knowledge.

What you will have

We look for energetic, dedicated, motivated people who understand the principles of competitive markets, and are interested in ensuring the Commission delivers the benefits of competitive markets to New Zealand's consumers and businesses.

You will be leading the thinking on economic issues and directly advising Commissioners on a course of action so will need to demonstrate:

  • experience working within regulatory or competition economics (e.g. in a regulated industry, for a regulator, competition authority or economic consultancy)
  • an understanding of microeconomics including industrial organisation or financial economics
  • enthusiasm and a willingness to learn
  • strong teamwork skills as part of a multi-disciplinary environment
  • strong communication and influencing skills
  • an ability to identify the main issues, be pragmatic and manage own work.

A postgraduate qualification in economics or a closely related field is desirable.

What we offer

At the Commission we are passionate about the work that we do and having a culture where everyone is valued. We're fully committed to our values of respect, accountability, good judgement, excellence and integrity which we view as part of our work behaviours. We are proud members of Diversity Works New Zealand and welcome people with the right skills from all backgrounds.

We have modern central city offices in Wellington and Auckland. We value work/life balance and are committed to everyone's well-being. We place a high value on learning and development so that everyone has the opportunity to develop to their full potential.

We have an active social club, sports teams, diversity network and all staff and their family members have access to employment assistance services.

Apply now

If this sounds like you and you are keen to work in a great team, we would love to hear from you. Please send a covering email/letter and a copy of your CV to work@comcom.govt.nz

Read the position description or to find out more about this opportunity you can call Liz Martin on 04 924 3625.Diversity Works logo

Technical Analyst, Information Services

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

The Information Services (IS) team is currently looking for a Technical Application Analyst to join their team of IT professionals.  The ideal candidate will have experience providing technical support and will be keen to increase their knowledge and expertise by assisting with the systems improvements and contributing to Information Systems projects.

The role

In this role you will work with other members of the Business solutions team to provide support and enhancements for the Commissions IT systems, with the core focus being ServiceNow enhancements. You will be tasked with configuration and development of the systems, working with vendors where needed.

What you will have

The ideal candidate will have experience in:

  • providing technical support to meet customer needs
  • making configuration changes to Commission systems
  • assisting with improvements made to systems and processes
  • assisting with technology related projects
  • experience in ServiceNow is a plus.

What we offer

At the Commission we are passionate about the work that we do and having a culture where everyone is valued.

The Commission has a friendly and collaborative environment where people enjoy interesting and challenging work. We're fully committed to our values of respect, accountability, good judgement, excellence and integrity which we view as part of our work behaviours. We are proud members of Diversity Works New Zealand and welcome people with the right skills from all backgrounds.

We have modern central city offices in Wellington and Auckland. We value work/life balance and are committed to everyone's well-being. We are open to flexible working arrangements and place a high value on learning and development so that everyone has the opportunity to develop to their full potential.

The Commission has an active social club, sports teams, diversity network and all staff and their family members have access to employment assistance services.

Read more about this role in the position description.

Apply now

To apply, email your cover letter and CV to work@comcom.govt.nz. For any queries contact Shan on 04 924 3781.Diversity Works logo

Applications close 5pm, 22 September 2019.

Chief Adviser, Regulation

The Commerce Commission is New Zealand’s competition, consumer and 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.

This is a permanent position based in our Wellington office. Flexible working arrangements are also available.

The role

We are looking for a Chief Adviser to join the Energy, Airports and Dairy portfolio which has regulatory responsibilities for electricity lines companies, gas pipelines businesses, major international airports, and the dairy sector – industries that are essential to everyday life and the economy.

You will provide leadership and technical input into projects to help set them up for success. Our chief advisers often tackle the most important issues and work closely with analysts to ensure their work considers the wider context and delivers on the Commission’s priorities.

As part of our dedicated and collaborative programme team you’ll be assessing performance of regulated suppliers and critiquing business cases, e.g. expenditure and quality of service proposals. You’ll seek opportunities to encourage better outcomes for consumers, including providing appropriate challenge to executive teams and Boards.

What you will have

With broad commercial and finance experience, you’ll know how businesses tick, understand how they respond to different incentives, quickly assess what matters most, and make things happen.

You will also have:

  • natural leadership as well as team player abilities developed in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • strong analytical skills with a good understanding of the principles of economic regulation
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • experience working with a wide range of stakeholders
  • experience in risk management
  • a relevant tertiary qualification.

What we offer

We value our friendly and collaborative environment where people enjoy interesting work and share a vision of making New Zealanders better off.

We proactively support development through on-the-job learning, conferences and seminars, workshops and training courses, secondments – both national and international, and study opportunities.

We value work/life balance and are committed to everyone's well-being. Centrally located in Wellington we have contemporary offices that are close to transport options.  We are proud members of Diversity Works New Zealand and welcome people with the right skills from all backgrounds.

Read more about this role in the position description.

Apply now

To apply, email your cover letter and CV to work@comcom.govt.nz. For any queries, contact Liz Martin on 04 924 3625.Diversity Works logo

Applications close Monday, 23 September 2019.

Application Analyst, Information Services

The Commerce Commission is New Zealand’s competition, consumer and 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.

This is a full time, permanent position based in our Wellington office.

The role

Our Information Systems (IS) team is currently looking for an experienced Application Analyst to ensure our applications and IT services align with the needs of our business.

You will join a small, high performing team who are focused on supporting the Commission with efficient business services and systems. Working closely with business partners, you’ll initially gather their needs and create meaningful user stories and then work with our technical analyst and support partners to deliver. You will be helping us mature our delivery model, as we work towards a more agile working environment.

In this role you will be expected to:

  • develop a deep understanding of the Commission and the services the Business Solutions team are responsible for
  • work with the team and key stakeholders to mature our agile process
  • play a key role working closely with the technical application analyst and vendors to provide backlog management, iteration planning, craft user stories and acceptance criteria, and drive execution
  • manage the Product Backlog, delivering business value while balancing needs of the Commission staff, alignment with strategic objectives, and technical improvements.

What you will have

We are looking for someone who has experience in:

  • writing user stories
  • working with vendor development teams and within an agile team
  • supporting and/or playing the role of product owner in a team
  • working independently as well as collaboratively
  • experience in ServiceNow is a plus.

What we offer

At the Commission we are passionate about the work that we do and having a culture where everyone is valued.

The Commission has a friendly and collaborative environment where people enjoy interesting and challenging work. We're fully committed to our values of respect, accountability, good judgement, excellence and integrity which we view as part of our work behaviours. We are proud members of Diversity Works New Zealand and welcome people with the right skills from all backgrounds.

We have modern central city offices in Wellington and Auckland. We value work/life balance and are committed to everyone's well-being. We are open to flexible working arrangements and place a high value on learning and development so that everyone has the opportunity to develop to their full potential.

The Commission has an active social club, sports teams, diversity network and all staff and their family members have access to employment assistance services.

Read more about this role in the position description.

Apply now

To apply, email your cover letter and CV to work@comcom.govt.nz. For any queries contact Shan Thatte on 04 924 3781.

Applications close 5pm on 22 September 2019.Diversity Works logo