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Exciting and unique opportunity to lead, develop and be accountable for the Commerce Commission's Fair Trading regulatory function.

  • Newly created position
  • Bring strategy to life
  • Wellington based

The Commerce Commission is New Zealand’s competition, consumer, consumer credit and economic regulatory agency.  It plays a crucial role in ensuring New Zealand’s markets are competitive, consumers and businesses are well informed, and sectors with little or no competition are appropriately regulated.

The Commission is an independent Crown entity responsible for enforcing laws relating to competition, fair trading, and consumer credit contracts. It also has regulatory responsibilities in relation to electricity distribution, gas, telecommunications, fibre, fuel, dairy and airport sectors.

Due to its growth as an organisation, growing expectations, a growing focus in the Fair Trading area (including up an coming legislative change) and the desire to increase capacity for its senior leaders to collaborate more effectively with key stakeholders and across the organisation, this new role within the Commission’s senior leadership team have been created.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, this tier 2 role is an exciting and unique opportunity for a talented General Manager to lead, develop and be accountable for the Commission’s Fair Trading regulatory function.  This will include strategy, enforcement, investigations, outreach, engagement as well as analysis, insights and intelligence functions. The branch is also the Commission’s front door for screening, triaging and analysing complaints as well as trend analysis. The branch is responsible for investigations and outreach in critical areas such as misleading claims, product safety and consumer information standards.

It will be your positive disposition, strong leadership, and upbeat approach that will help the Fair Trading branch contribute collaboratively across the business and externally as the Commission implements their Fit for the Future programme of work.

To be considered for this position, your knowledge and experience will include:

  • being a senior leader, with a track record of turning ideas into tangible delivery through your ability to lead a focused and committed team
  • deep expertise in the consumer/fair trading or another regulatory system
  • a track record of collaboration and building strong stakeholder relationships
  • in-depth understanding of the machinery of government, regulatory systems and regulatory tools from strategy, enforcement, operational policy to outreach.

This is a key senior role in the Commission and provides opportunity for government and business savvy executives to assist the Commission in developing and operating a Fit for the Future regulatory regime providing long-term benefits for New Zealanders.

This search process is being managed by SWR Group on the Commerce Commission's behalf.

Please email your CV to or quoting reference 3197702. 

Applications close on Monday 18 January 2021.

For further information in strictest confidence, please contact: Graeme Sandri on 029 248 8502 or Tony Walsh on 029 271 1101.

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