ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Senior Compliance Officer - Niche Consulting Group Limited - Wellington

Privacy is precious - help us protect it

Are you an experienced investigations and compliance professional with demonstrated experience in interventions from education through to enforcement?  Are you looking for your next challenge? If so, we want to hear from you.


We have a fantastic opportunity to join the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC), Aotearoa New Zealand’s Privacy regulator, at a critical and exciting time.    


Personal information is more valuable than ever before.  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.  


The new Compliance and Enforcement Team has a key role in addressing critical system-wide privacy issues. As a senior member of the 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.  It gives the Commissioner a wider mandate and a greater range of compliance and enforcement powers to achieve positive behaviour change leading to good privacy outcomes.  These include the ability to issue compliance orders and to make determinations about an individual’s access to their personal information.  You will be joining an expanding team, founded by highly experienced and regarded practitioners, and will be regularly engaged in highly topical, high profile issues.


The implications of the work you will be doing affect all New Zealanders, present and future. It is fascinating work that will stimulate an intellectually curious practitioner, who wants to continuously learn, innovate and progress their skills.


You will be joining a supportive and highly collaborative organisation that has a strong focus on diversity and inclusion and is committed to upholding the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.


We are looking for a candidate with over 3 years’ experience working in a compliance role, and experience initiating compliance reviews, building case files and then supporting activity through to enforcement.  You also need to have a keen understanding of how best to encourage positive behaviour change leading to good privacy outcomes from education to enforcement action.


The role includes mentoring more junior members of the team, leading and contributing to cross-team and cross-organisation compliance projects and you will stand in for the team manager when required.  This is a role where you will get to continue to evolve your own  compliance skills, and requires a hands on approach.


The successful candidate requires:

  • Demonstrated experience in undertaking a range of compliance activities to achieve successful outcomes including investigations and ideally prosecution
  • 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


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


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


For a confidential discussion about this role or to obtain the position description, 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