ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Senior Solicitor, Corporate Legal - FMA - Auckland or Wellington

Lead the way.

  • Be involved in work that truly influences change
  • Flexible working arrangements available
  • Wellington CBD or Auckland CBD location

At the FMA, the work you do counts. We lead better, fairer outcomes for investors, customers 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.

Our culture is our real point of difference, with access to an approachable and engaged executive leadership team, flexibility and work-life balance. We're a family-friendly and genuinely caring community, who support one another both personally and professionally. It's an inspirational and continuously evolving environment, unlike any other.

Due to an internal promotion, we currently have an opportunity for a Senior Solicitor to join our Corporate Legal Team, which sits within the FMA's broader General Counsel function. The Corporate Legal team is responsible for the provision of pragmatic, high quality and effective legal advice required by the FMA to achieve its objectives.    

The team is highly engaged, vibrant and collaborative, and is based across our Auckland and Wellington offices.  The work we do is varied and intellectually challenging, and in this role, you'll collaborate with other Corporate Legal and General Counsel team members on a broad range of legal issues. 

It's a fast-paced and rewarding role offering the chance to work at the forefront of New Zealand's financial markets.  You'll bring an agile mind, be solutions-focussed, have strong interpersonal and relationship skills, and have a great sense of humour.  You'll also be an open, friendly person who values a collaborative working environment.

This is an in-house legal role with a wide range of responsibilities including -

  • working with the FMA's front line operational teams to manage legal issues in relation to our engagement with market participants and the regulation of New Zealand's capital markets and financial services,
  • engaging with market participants and their advisers in relation to legal issues,
  • providing advice within the FMA on the use of regulatory tools (such as stop orders, warnings, and licensing actions) in response to non-compliance,
  • leading individual exemptions and designations and providing advice within the FMA on class exemptions and designations, and
  • contributing to policy development, FMA guidance, law reform, and key projects within the FMA.

Ideally you will have 8 years+ financial services experience and regulatory or government experience is also desirable (but not necessary). You will enjoy thinking through interesting and novel legal issues and your drive, enthusiasm, self-motivation and confidence will contribute to your success in this role.

At the FMA, you'll be proud knowing that the work you do is creating a legacy for New Zealand. We offer flexible working arrangements and a variety of wellness activities. A strong emphasis is placed on your life outside the workplace, and diversity and inclusion are championed in an environment where we all have the opportunity to reach our full potential.

At FMA we believe in a workplace where you can Lead, Learn & Live. To discover more and apply, click HERE or for further information or confidential enquiries please contact us at [email protected]  

Applications close 30 January 2022.

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.


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.