Senior Economist, Regulation

Commerce Commission

Wellington, New Zealand

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To apply for this position please email your CV to work@comcom.govt.nz

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.

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.

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 de-regulate 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?

You will be working alongside other experienced economists in a purposeful, stimulating and collegial environment providing advice to decision makers within the Commission and will be a key member of project teams. This will provide an opportunity to work on projects that have an 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 (eg 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.

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 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.

To apply, email your cover letter and CV to work@comcom.govt.nz

For any queries, contact Liz Martin on 04 924 3625

Applications close 5pm Sunday, 7 July 2019.


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To apply for this position please email your CV to work@comcom.govt.nz

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