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Mercury : Planning and Policy Advisor


Are you a Planner wanting to be at the forefront of identifying opportunities and key initiatives in supporting NZ’s transition to a low carbon future? 

Do you want to play a key role in the development of renewable electricity generation projects across NZ delivered in an environmentally sustainable way? 

 If you have answered yes, then we have the role for you! 

It is an exciting area of planning, full of opportunities for a Planner keen on tackling some key challenges, and influencing and shaping the key frameworks that set the outcomes we are all working towards achieving for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

Our mission, which guides us in what we do and why, is Energy Freedom for all New Zealanders. This is about Aotearoa New Zealand being stronger economically and more sustainable through better use of homegrown, renewable energy. Our company-wide focus of ‘Thriving Today, Shaping Tomorrow’ is the strategic foundation that underpins what we do and how we work together. It builds on our mindset of long-term thinking and considered decision making, with the impact on our customers, communities and country at its heart.

Our Opportunity: 

As Planning and Policy Advisor, you’ll contribute to the achievement of Mercury’s objectives by providing specialist planning and policy advice on issues, such as resource management, water and energy policy.  You’ll participate in planning processes, policy initiatives and other land and asset management issues that may affect our operations and future opportunities.

Due to the diverse nature of Mercury’s operating assets and operations, you’ll have the opportunity to work and contribute to a wide range of planning issues as well as working on emerging climate change and regulatory changes that affect Mercury.  You’ll work on regulatory policy solutions to enable Renewable Electricity Generation development, which is critical for New Zealand to decarbonise it’s electricity generation, but also to meet the broader emission reduction targets, which are critical to mitigate the impacts of climate change.  In this role you’ll really to make a difference to a more sustainable future for New Zealand.

This role has the flexibility to be based at any of our offices – Auckland, Hamilton, Taupo, Tauranga, Rotorua, Palmerston North or Wellington.  The role offers the flexibility to combine both working from home and working in our collaborative modern offices.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Providing specialist planning advice and oversight of our involvement in local government regional and district planning processes, environmental strategies and initiatives, environmental legislation and national policy initiatives
  • Ensure specialist planning advice is provided on planning and environmental management aspects of company development projects, including consent processes as required, which Mercury may instigate, investigate or implement
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders to accomplish organisation and position goals
  • Assist with environmental projects including; projects relating to policy design, science and technical information to support policy and planning actions and initiatives, development of new generation opportunities, land development and access, stakeholder management, and others

We are looking for:

  • A tertiary degree in Planning, Resource Management or other related and relevant area, with at least graduate membership of the New Zealand Planning Institute desirable
  • Working knowledge of the Resource Management Act and related legislation, including resource consent and plan development processes
  • Understanding of Environmental management issues and techniques relevant to the electricity sector
  • Experience working in iwi and Māori co-governance areas is highly desirable
  • Advanced Policy analysis and report writing skills
  • Experience in resource management negotiation and mediation processes is desirable

Mercury offers:

  • Flexible working policy – The autonomy and trust to work flexibly from our purpose-built premises and/or from home, recognising the value of this flexibility in the modern world
  • A diverse workplace where your unique abilities and talents will be recognised and encouraged
  • The opportunities, career paths and facilities associated with working for one of New Zealand’s largest energy providers
  • Additional 5 days leave per annum (MyDays)
  • $400 one off tax-free payment towards setting up your home office
  • Discounted health insurance and free life and income insurance
  • Excellent well-being programme including up to $100 annual check ups

Mercury is a learning organisation that is committed to providing you with opportunities to grow and develop that will benefit you now and in the future. Part of your role includes building your skillset and mindset through a variety of ways. We believe this creates an energised, innovative and agile work environment where you will feel valued.  Within our Sustainability team you’ll be provided with on the job training, externally facilitated training and everything in between.  There is financial support provided where costs are involved and mentors are available throughout the business.  ​

For a full position description and/or to apply for this role please click on this Link.