ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Policy Adviser / Solicitor (or Senior) - FMA - Auckland or Wellington

Lead the way.

At the FMA, the work you do counts. We lead better, fairer outcomes for investors, consumers and New Zealanders. Our innovative people drive the evolution of the financial sector, influencing the industry and effecting positive change. At the FMA, the work you do has a significant impact.


The Role - Te Tūranga

Due to an internal promotion and FMA's expanding remit, we currently have opportunities (one permanent position and another 12-month fixed term contract) for Solicitors or Advisers to join our busy Policy team, within our General Counsel function. We have flexibility regarding the level of these roles - those with 3+ years' relevant experience can be considered for a Senior Solicitor or Senior Adviser position.

In this varied and dynamic role, you'll ultimately be responsible for delivering effective regulatory policy advice and expertise, ensuring our development and application of regulatory policy reinforces our regulatory strategy and reputation as an agile, effective, proactive and respected regulator. Some of the key pieces of work our team are involved in include:

  • Working with MBIE, the Reserve Bank and other agencies on developing and implementing significant pieces of law reform such as the Financial Markets (Conduct of Institutions) Amendment Bill, insurance contract law review, AML statutory review, and Deposit Takers Bill
  • Inputting into KiwiSaver policy
  • Keeping under review the law and practices relating to financial markets
  • Leading and contributing to significant pieces of FMA guidance such as liquidity risk management guidance for managed funds
  • Developing new class exemptions and reviewing existing class exemptions

The work we're involved in is as challenging as it is interesting. Being in a policy role within a regulatory environment gives you the unique opportunity to work with market experts and frontline teams that are licensing and monitoring market participants, as well as working on the development and continuous improvement of financial markets legislation, FMA legislative tools and guidance.


About you - Ō pūkenga

We are open to applications from candidates with various backgrounds in policy, law, regulation, or financial markets, provided you can demonstrate an excellent knowledge of laws and regulations relevant to the financial sector (ideally), or a transferable regulatory system, along with a proven ability to interact with stakeholders. While a Law degree is useful, it is not essential if you are able to bring at least 3 years' relevant experience dealing with regulatory policy or legislation and have a keen interest in the regulation of financial products and services in New Zealand. Your ability to take ownership and get the job done in a positive and outcome focused manner whilst remaining open to other relevant views and options will allow you to truly excel in this role. 


What we offer - Ngā paing

What's more, you'll be joining a supportive team culture, go through a comprehensive FMA induction programme and have ongoing opportunities for professional development and continuous learning through our extensive L&D programme.

A strong emphasis is placed on your life outside the workplace, we support flexible working arrangements and offer a range of wellness and social activities, such as regular social events and Wellbeing Sessions - we even have our very own dedicated FunSquad who organise creative ways for all FMAers to connect and socialise.

If this sounds like you, click 'Apply now!' View the position description by clicking the link in 'more details' below or for further information or confidential enquires you can contact Rebecca Cleaver on [email protected] Applications close Sunday 22 May.


The Financial Markets Authority is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and is committed to maintaining an inclusive culture where all employees have the opportunity to reach their potential.  We recognise that our continued success is dependent on the performance and ability of our employees.

We value interest from offshore talent for our future pipelines, however due to current border restrictions in New Zealand, we are only able to support local applications or applicants who already possess citizenship or existing working rights for New Zealand.


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Information on COVID-19

The FMA is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of our staff, their whanau and the wider community. With the implementation of the COVID-19 Protection Framework we are only able to consider applicants who hold a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate and evidence of this will be requested as part of our employment process.