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Head of Policy & Governance

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Head of Policy & Governance
Auckland, Wellington

Lead the way.

At the FMA we are passionate about providing employees with the opportunity to make an impact in a place where the quality of our work and the measure of our influence is second to none. Join us and experience a dynamic, well-balanced, and inspiring work environment where you can develop and succeed.

We're looking for an exceptional Head of Policy and Governance to lead and champion the work of our highly skilled, experienced, and hard-working Policy and Governance team, which delivers pragmatic and high quality legal and policy advice to help the FMA to achieve our objectives of promoting and facilitating the development of fair, efficient and transparent markets.

You'll lead the teams that are responsible for formulating and delivering regulatory policy advice to the FMA and its Government stakeholders; and for providing governance support and advice to the FMA, including Board support, contract management, and Privacy Act and Official Information Act compliance.

You'll have input into key projects and initiatives including supporting the General Counsel in providing proactive identification, analysis and reporting on issues critical to the overall success of the FMA. You'll be responsible for delivery of well researched and effective advice and recommendations to assist the Chief Executive, FMA Board and Executive Committee in their strategic and operational management of the FMA.

To succeed in this role, you'll have significant experience in leading and supporting policy and legal teams. A good understanding of the regulatory environment as well as the government sector is expected. Experience in governance, the financial sector and with financial markets will be a definite advantage. You'll be an experienced people leader accustomed to managing teams and coaching for performance. You'll also be an expert relationship manager, capable of building and maintaining relationships across all levels of an organisation and externally.

At the FMA we focus on a positive work experience and flexible working arrangements, and we expect you to encourage both and provide a constructive and supportive environment for all FMA staff.

At the FMA, you'll be proud knowing that the work you do is creating a legacy for New Zealand. We offer flexible working arrangements and a variety of wellbeing activities. A strong emphasis is placed on your life outside the workplace, and diversity and inclusion are championed in an environment where we all have the opportunity to reach our full potential.

At FMA we believe in a workplace where you can Lead, Learn & Live. To discover more and apply now to view the position description online by clicking the link in "more details" below or for further information or confidential enquiries you can contact Margaret Goldfinch. APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 29 September 2021.


The Financial Markets Authority is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and is committed to maintaining an inclusive culture where all employees have the opportunity to reach their potential. We recognise that our continued success is dependent on the performance and ability of our employees.

We value interest from offshore talent for our future pipelines, however due to current border restrictions in New Zealand, we are only able to support local applications or applicants who already possess citizenship or existing working rights for New Zealand.

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