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Compliance Officer - Niche Consulting Group Limited - Wellington

Privacy is precious - help up project it

We have a fantastic opportunity for a talented Compliance Officer to join Aotearoa New Zealand’s privacy regulator, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC)– an Independent Crown Entity established to promote and protect individual privacy. 


Personal information is more valuable than ever before.  Privacy is a rapidly growing and high profile area. Exchanges of personal information are central to our every day lives and vulnerable to misuse if appropriate care is not taken. OPC is passionate about encouraging and sustaining a culture in Aotearoa where people’s personal information is protected and respected. Good privacy outcomes are best achieved where everyone understands their rights and responsibilities and is motivated to act on them. That’s where you come in.


As a member of the brand-new Compliance and Enforcement team, you would be joining OPC at an exciting time of change, with the Privacy Act 2020 having come into force on 1 December 2020.  The new and modernised Privacy Act expands the OPC’s role as a regulator. It gives the Commissioner a greater range of compliance and enforcement powers, including the ability to issue compliance orders and to make determinations about an individual’s access to their personal information. Businesses and organisations also have new obligations to report any privacy breaches and to notify affected individuals if things go wrong with the customer information they hold.


The mahi that the OPC undertakes really does make a difference.  You will see the tangible benefits of the work you do at the individual, sector and systems levels.


The OPC have a strong focus on professional development and you will gain invaluable skills in this role that will stand you in good stead wherever your career path takes you.  They are also committed to diversity and inclusion and ensuring a positive culture for people to work in.


The role will include:

  • Receipt and capture of privacy breach notifications
  • Provision of advice and support to external agencies (including producing guidance to mitigate harm and reduce further breaches)
  • Information gathering and analysis to support compliance investigations and inquiries
  • Analysis and reporting on privacy breaches and assistance with providing operational and strategic insights on how the Privacy Commissioner can manage mandatory privacy breach reporting for the maximum public benefit
  • Monitoring, auditing and reporting on information matching and information sharing programmes
  • Working with the OPC’s Policy and Communications teams to review guidance/education and training material
  • Assisting with education and communication as required and building and developing effective working relationships with stakeholder agencies


The successful candidate will need:

  • A minimum of 2 years relevant experience
  • Knowledge or familiarity with technology issues, and the interface with privacy and/or security, would be an advantage
  • Sound analytical skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Good numeracy skills
  • An inquiring mind
  • Common sense and sound judgement
  • Attention to detail
  • An ability to build and maintain co-operative and collegial working relationships
  • A demonstrated ability to work independently and also be a team player
  • A collaborative, can-do attitude


Prior experience working with privacy issues is not required, but a keen interest in privacy and protecting the privacy interests of individuals is.


For more information on the OPC’s Compliance and Regulatory Action framework see:

For a confidential discussion about this role, please contact Carl Church on +64211666441  [email protected] or Jenny Groom on +6421429114 [email protected]

If this role sounds like you click ‘Apply for this job’, including your CV and Covering Letter.

Role closes Monday 1 March at 9:00am