ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Intermediate/Senior Solicitor, Governance (12 months Fixed Term) - FMA - Auckland or Wellington

Here at the FMA, we are passionate about providing our employees with the opportunity to make an impact in a place where the quality of our work and the measure of our influence is second to none.  We are committed to providing a dynamic, well-balanced and inspiring work environment to see you develop and succeed.


Right now, we're searching for an exceptional Senior or Intermediate Solicitor to join the Governance Team which sits within the General Counsel function. This is a 12-month fixed term position. Option to be based in either our Auckland or Wellington office. 


Our General Counsel function enables and supports the FMA in promoting and facilitating the development of fair, efficient and transparent markets through the provision of holistic, pragmatic and high quality legal and policy advice required by the FMA to achieve its objectives, while also providing independent assurance that internal processes are operating effectively.


In this role you'll be delivering consistent and effective legal and policy advice and expertise to FMA staff and the board with the objective of promoting good governance and supporting the management of enterprise risk within the FMA. The Governance team is a key lead at the FMA supporting Board and Committee processes, ensuring internal policies and systems encourage best practice, advising on procurement by the FMA, international cooperation agreements, and dealing with information requests (particularly Official Information and Privacy Act requests, and requests from other agencies including under International Cooperation Agreements).


Tertiary qualified in law, you'll have a minimum of 4+ years' experience in the financial services, public sector or commercial in-house environment. A background in contract review and public sector procurement, governance and board secretarial duties will be desirable, as will experience in a public sector entity dealing with information requests.


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. An interest in good regulatory systems, and the regulation of financial services in New Zealand would also be beneficial.


The work we're involved in is as challenging as it is interesting. You'll be joining a team of experienced professionals an organisation with a strong commitment to wellness and life/work balance.


We are open to applications from candidates with a range of experience. The candidate providing the most effective team fit will be considered in light of available candidates' experience and how this can complement the experience of existing team members. The title of the position established will be determined by the successful candidate's PQE.


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 'Apply now!' or for further information or confidential enquiries you can contact Jessi Kadow on (09) 967 1237. Applications close 13 June 2021.


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.