Head of Public Policy, New Zealand

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Job Type:Full Time

Public Policy Manager

Would you like to be part of a public policy team focused on increasing awareness and adoption of Amazon Web Services (AWS)* and the utility cloud model amongst enterprises and the public sector and regulated industries in New Zealand?

Do you have government affairs experience and the technology public policy experience necessary to help further advance AWS as the leading cloud platform provider?

AWS is the leading provider of cloud computing services, providing IT infrastructure offerings that deliver, among other things, on-demand compute capacity, storage, content delivery, and database services. We are looking for a talented, innovative, experienced and well-connected individual to represent AWS in New Zealand to strategically significant and influential policymakers. The successful candidate will proactively build trusted relationships with key policymakers, IT decision makers, executives in government, and other relevant individuals in organisations that shape and influence a wide range of technology, trade, security and investment policies. The successful candidate will help AWS prioritise, comprehend and respond to international, national, and local level public policy issues.

The successful candidate will locate within New Zealand and travel to Auckland and Wellington or other places as required. They will be a member of the AWS ANZ Public Policy team within the APAC Public Policy team. They will:
- Contribute to the development of public policy and political priorities for AWS and lead advocacy with relevant officials in New Zealand;
- Advance AWS’s policy positions directly and through industry associations/coalitions to enable an unrestricted, transparent and technology friendly regulatory environment that enables and supports the growth of AWS;
- Work collaboratively and transparently with AWS commercial and public sector business unit leadership to ensure alignment between core business priorities, public policy goals and “go to market” strategies;
- Assess and communicate potential regulatory threats and public sector business opportunities and threats, develop mitigations, enhancement strategies, and policy positions. Coordinate external advocacy efforts, outreach programs and key initiatives in concert with various AWS teams including public relations and marketing;
- Facilitate high-level meetings between AWS executives and key stakeholders, including senior government officials, regulators, industry associations and alliance partners to promote and advocate the company’s public policies;
- Participate and contribute to opportunities in industry associations/coalitions on behalf of AWS, and ensure appropriate utilisation of high judgment, high integrity outside consultants;
- Act as the senior spokesperson on public policy issues for AWS in New Zealand in support of AWS public relations;
- Contribute to the development of public policy positions for AWS in the APAC region and globally; and
- Lead or contribute to public policy initiatives as directed.

The successful candidate must be a respected professional who is inquisitive, intellectually ambitious and enthusiastic about technology, enjoy working hard and being continually challenged, demonstrate sound judgment in ambiguous situations, and enjoy robust advocacy and policy strategy.

We are open to locations to base this role with Wellington a preferecne and travel anticipated.


Basic Qualifications
  • 8+ years’ experience working in the public or private sector on public policy development, preferably in the technology, digital transformation and/or communications area.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to and lead in the development of public policy initiatives and/or participate in the review of existing public policies.
  • A record of accomplishment of successful policy development and adjustment.
  • A thorough understanding of the end-to-end legislative process, including legislative development, committee processes and parliamentary procedures.
  • Legislative implementation experience.
  • Extensive high-level network in the New Zealand public sector or a demonstrated ability to acquire a network of key contacts in a short period.
  • Bachelor's Degree in relevant discipline
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills


Preferred Qualifications
  • A thorough understanding of the interaction and interrelations between the bureaucracy and Ministerial offices, political parties and associated entities.
  • Ability to demonstrate sound judgment in ambiguous circumstances.
  • Ability to work independently while being able to contribute successfully to cross-functional teams.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to manage multiple projects at once.
• Postgraduate degree in relevant discipline