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Deputy Secretary – Chief Economic Adviser (CEA)

The Treasury New Zealand


Deputy Secretary – Chief Economic Adviser (CEA)


Operate at the forefront of economic thought

  • Influential and exciting people and thought leadership opportunity
  • Enhance the quality of our economic analysis and advice
  • Champion the development and application of living standards thinking across the public sector

As Te Tai Ōhanga - The Treasury, we are committed to tiakitanga to make New Zealand a better place for people today and in the future. We safeguard New Zealand's finances and are the Government's trusted economic advisor. Our vision is to lift living standards for all New Zealanders.

We are a dynamic and evolving organisation committed to driving high performance, growth and success.  We currently have an exciting opportunity for an economics focused executive to join our team as the Deputy Secretary - Chief Economic Adviser (CEA).

The CEA's main role is to support the Treasury to be a strategic leader and adviser on economic policy and analysis to governments of the day.  You will be a proven leader who will deliver through others and inspire and support our people to perform at the highest level.  You will also work with the Secretary & Chief Executive and other Deputy Secretaries to develop strategy and continue to lift the quality of the Treasury's economic advice, research and capability. 

As a member of our Executive Leadership Team, you will work with the rest of ELT in the development of strategy, in the ongoing development of the Living Standards Framework and in continuing to strengthen our economic and analytical capability. You will work across the public and private sectors, and internationally, to address challenges facing New Zealand and to promote the application of intellectual and analytical rigour to solving real-world problems.

You will be intellectually curious, an effective influencer and a respected subject matter expert (with emphasis on one or more of macro, micro or institutional economics), who is motivated to connect high-quality research, theory and evidence to policy advice. You will test existing thinking through constructive debate.

The Treasury values diversity and inclusion and encourages a positive work/life balance with flexible work arrangements and a range of health and wellbeing initiatives.

For further details and more information please contact Wendy Sowden, EA to the Secretary & CE (wendy.sowden@treasury.govt.nz).  Or apply online here.

Application close Wednesday 1 December - All applications must be made online.



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