ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

Head of Regulatory Affairs (12m fixed term) - AIA - Auckland

AIA is proud to welcome Sovereign into the AIA Group. We are excited about the opportunity to significantly transform and expand our presence in the New Zealand market. We expect to deliver highly positive outcomes for our customers as well as our fantastic team of employees and advisers.

Reporting directly into the General Counsel, you’ll play a key role in actively maintaining a collaborative relationship with our regulators, ensuring AIA NZ’s is a guiding voice in the industry on key issues. You will manage the regulatory team and the responses to regulatory changes and emerging industry issues.

Some of your key areas of responsibility will include:

  • Building expert knowledge in key industry issues e.g. adviser regulation, prudential regulation and industry codes 
  • Develop and promote AIA and Sovereign’s positions on key issues in the wider industry
  • Identify, analyse and help coordinate AIA and Sovereign’s response to Government policy, new regulation and regulator or industry body consultation requests
  • Manage, coach and develop two direct reports and other project consultants as required
  • Support the Government relations strategy to build relationships with government, regulators, industry stakeholders and officials
  • Represent us at key industry forums e.g. FSC, IFSO, HFANZ as required
  • Plan and drive regulatory change programmes
  • Liaise with Compliance to develop and maintain compliance processes to meet new or changing obligations
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with ELT and SLT colleagues

Experience required:

  • Extensive financial services industry experience (preferably insurance)
  • Strong experience and knowledge across legal, compliance and regulatory functions
  • Passion and ability to coach, develop and drive a high performing team
  • Ability to build relationships with senior stakeholders and be seen as a trusted business adviser
  • Knowledge of New Zealand  government and parliamentary processes
  • Relevant tertiary qualification (legal qualification preferred)
  • Ability to work autonomously, take ownership and deliver pieces of work
  • Research and information management skills and experience
  • Legal qualifications preferred; 5 PQE and above

As part of our stated commitment to diversity and inclusion, we cultivate a flexible and supportive work environment that meets the needs of our people and our business. We welcome applications for this role from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements. 

Please follow this link to apply - Applications close: 26 July 2019