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Senior Corporate Finance Expert/Financial Economist, Regulation

Our Regulation Branch is looking for a senior finance expert to join their Economics team and contribute to developing and delivering quality finance and cost of capital 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.

We welcome secondments from other organisations within or outside New Zealand.

The role

The Regulation Branch aims to ensure the performance of regulated suppliers and markets produces long-term benefits for New Zealand consumers. This role will be leading on:

  • corporate finance and cost of capital work
  • developing and maintaining our stakeholder relations in the wider financial community.

This is an important role within the Commission and involves an area which is hotly debated. It often involves commissioning and understanding external expert views on topics which can have a large impact on regulated firms and consumers.

You will also be working alongside other experienced economists in a purposeful, stimulating and collegial environment. You will provide advice to decision makers on corporate finance and cost of capital within the Commission and be a key member of project teams.

There will be opportunities to work on a wider variety of work and to develop wider regulatory economics skills.

Read more about the role in the position description.

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 corporate finance issues and directly advising Commissioners on a course of action, so will need to demonstrate:

  • strong understanding of corporate finance and cost of capital theory and practice
  • willingness to quickly understand the history of cost of capital estimation by the Commission
  • 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
  • wider experience in regulatory economics is welcome but not necessary - there will be opportunities to develop these skills.

A postgraduate qualification in finance, 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 are 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 can 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

To find out more about this opportunity, call Liz Martin on 04 924 3625.

Applications close on Sunday, 1 March 2020.

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