Manager, Market Studies, Competition and Consumer

Our vision is that New Zealanders are better off because markets work well and consumers and businesses are confident market participants.

Legislation is under development that will enable the Commission to conduct market studies. This means we will be able to analyse particular markets or parts of markets that may appear not to be working well. After studying the market we will recommend solutions to address any competition issues identified in order to deliver positive outcomes for businesses and New Zealanders.

To support this work we are bringing together a talented team who have significant experience with competition and consumer matters. These people will work together to identify and scope issues, conduct an investigative process, gather and analyse relevant information and prepare reports. The other key aspect of this team’s role will be to engage with and manage stakeholder expectations.

  • Leadership and management
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Technical expert – competition

As a subject matter expert you will be responsible for setting the strategy and the delivery of market studies programme of work. You will ensure appropriate resourcing of the market study work programme, and provide guidance and leadership that empowers your team to be accountable for the delivery of sound recommendations.

You will work closely with your team and the General Manager, Competition and Consumer to put in place policies and processes to ensure the effectiveness of market studies work.

You will contribute significantly to our organisational reputation. Your ability to form and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders will be vital to the success of this work programme and your team.

You will work as part of the Competition and Consumer Leadership team to set strategy for the work of the Branch in relation to its competition and consumer protection mandate.

Along with a legal, economic or analytical qualification, ideally you will have:

  • significant experience analysing and delivering reports on complex markets
  • experience dealing with competition matters
  • experience as a sophisticated and trusted adviser
  • experience in strategic-level policy engagement
  • a passion for leading and developing a team
  • significant strategic leadership and relationship management abilities
  • strong written and verbal communication skills
  • strong business acumen
  • the ability to solve complex problems.

This is a brilliant opportunity for you to share your knowledge and enthusiasm through leading, coaching and mentoring a team of intelligent individuals.

The Commerce Commission offers competitive remuneration packages and ongoing professional development in a modern and supportive work environment.

Read more in the position description. Alternatively contact Janet Rees, Senior HR Adviser on 04 924 3719.

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and CV to work@comcom.govt.nz.

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 28 August 2018.

Senior Project Manager, Market Studies, Competition and Consumer

  • Project management and leadership
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Technical expert - competition

Reporting to the Market Studies Manager you will have responsibility for the project management of Market Studies.

You will work closely with the Market Studies Manager to develop policies and processes that enable meaningful studies to be completed that result in appropriate outcomes, while also managing stakeholder expectations.

As a technical expert you will be responsible for the ongoing development and quality of the Market Studies team, providing technical input, guidance and quality control of investigations, information gathering, analysis and recommendations.

Using your strong legal, economic, analytical and investigative skills, and your relationship management and leadership qualities you will you will be able to make a real difference for the long term benefit of New Zealanders.

Along with a legal, economic or analytical qualification, ideally you will have:

  • knowledge in competition matters
  • excellent project and people management skills.

The Commerce Commission offers competitive remuneration packages and ongoing professional development in a modern and supportive work environment.

Read more in the position description. Alternatively contact Janet Rees, Senior HR Adviser on 04 924 3719.

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and CV to work@comcom.govt.nz.

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 28 August 2018.

Senior Legal Counsel, Market Studies, Competition and Consumer

  • Complex competition litigation and advice
  • Multidisciplinary project environment

We are seeking a talented senior lawyer with admirable academic credentials and excellent advisory skills to support our Market Studies team as part of the Competition and Consumer Legal team.

You will be involved in a wide variety of projects that are of real importance to the New Zealand economy and its consumers. Appointees will have a docket of work that is stimulating and challenging, and will be part of a team of respected specialists.

The Competition and Consumer Legal team advises on merger clearances and authorisations, anti-competitive conduct investigations and litigation under the legislation enforced by the Commission. We defend appeals and judicial review challenges arising out of the Commission’s work in these areas, and we contribute to investigations, communications, law reform and other projects by providing legal advice and strategic input.

To be successful in this position you will have demonstrable expertise in the following areas:

  • advising on competition law issues
  • helping solve problems in mixed discipline teams
  • working with external and internal specialists, counsel and witnesses
  • legal drafting and advocacy
  • planning projects and achieving project goals
  • knowledge of New Zealand legal practice and procedure.

Ideally you will have private law-firm experience. You will demonstrate leadership qualities and be able to exercise good independent judgement.

The Commerce Commission offers competitive remuneration packages and ongoing professional development in a modern and supportive work environment.

Read more in the position description. Alternatively contact Janet Rees, Senior HR Adviser on 04 924 3719.

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and CV to work@comcom.govt.nz.

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 28 August 2018.

Principal Adviser or Senior Economist, Market Studies, Competition and Consumer

  • Expert competition economist
  • Multidisciplinary environment

As a technical expert you will be a key member of the Market Studies team, supporting the success of the market study work programme. You will be working alongside experienced lawyers, and investigators in a stimulating, collegial and fast moving multi-disciplinary environment.

You will work on innovative issues and expand your knowledge, while also providing advice to decision makers within the Commission. Your areas of focus will also include merger control and trade practices regulation.

To be successful you will have expert knowledge and experience with market analysis, antitrust/competition economics, including managing scoping of cases and mentoring 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:

  • the application of competition/antitrust economics to  market
  • excellent judgement in handling complex competition issues
  • highly effective relationship management
  • experience analysing complex markets
  • strong written and verbal communication skills
  • strong business acumen
  • the ability to solve complex problem.

If you thrive on making a difference, have the credibility to engage effectively using your legal and or economic knowledge, and can communicate well, you will enjoy the challenges of these roles.

The Commerce Commission offers competitive remuneration packages and ongoing professional development in a modern and supportive work environment.

Read more in the position descriptions: Principal Adviser and Senior Economist. Alternatively contact Janet Rees, Senior HR Adviser on 04 924 3719.

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and CV to work@comcom.govt.nz.

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 28 August 2018.

Senior Analyst, Regulation

  • Investigation focus
  • High performing team
  • Wellington based

Part of the Regulation Branch, the Compliance team is responsible for ensuring that regulated businesses demonstrate they are meeting their pricing, quality of service, and information disclosure obligations.

We are looking for a Senior Analyst to be part of the investigation component of our compliance work. You’ll need to work well in project teams on complex issues, primarily within the electricity distribution and transmission sectors, and will play a key role in identifying and finding resolution of non-compliance with our rules.

Your experience undertaking investigations will mean you are able to draw the required information out of regulated businesses, while your meticulous approach will see well documented findings. To do this, you will have an outgoing personality, with the ability to easily engage with stakeholders and other Commission staff.

You’ll be able to understand legal and compliance concepts and will be well supported with access to legal and economic expertise within the Commission. A project manager within your team will manage the ‘flow’ of investigations. You’ll have a big picture view and be able to support the team in ensuring closer engagement with stakeholders and catching potential issues before they happen.

You will have risk management experience, and ideally experience working in the electricity sector. A relevant tertiary qualification in engineering, experience in an engineering consultancy or regulated business, or similar, is desirable.

In return, we can offer you interesting, varied and challenging work, a supportive organisational culture, and the opportunity to contribute to protecting the best interests of New Zealand consumers.

Read more in the position description. Alternatively contact Kylie Savage, Senior Recruitment Adviser on 04 924 3612.

To apply for the role, please email a covering letter and a copy of your CV to work@comcom.govt.nz.

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 21 August 2018.