Director of Investment Management

Location: Auckland or Wellington
  • Do you have executive-level experience in investment management?
  • Broad and influential new leadership role on the executive team
  • Challenging and highly rewarding position

Join the FMA in this Broad and influential new leadership role on the executive team

This is a significant new leadership role on the executive team at the Financial Markets Authority (FMA). Leading a new team, the Director will head up a function housing the FMA's Investment Management subject-matter experts responsible for designing, delivering and communicating the FMA's approach to the Investment Management Sector.

The FMA plays a critical role in regulating capital markets and financial services in New Zealand alongside the Reserve Bank and the Commerce Commission. Its statutory objective is to promote and facilitate the development of fair, efficient and transparent markets.

This position has been created to reflect the FMA's role in working closely with KiwiSaver and MIS providers and relevant industry associations to ensure the FMA has strong influence over and a good understanding of key issues for the industry. The Director will engage directly with senior management within the industry and with peers at other regulatory bodies. The role will also involve speaking to the media on behalf of the FMA on KiwiSaver/MIS issues.

In this broad and influential role you will have input into all key projects and initiatives including the development and implementation of the FMA's regulatory strategy. You will work closely with other senior colleagues, especially those responsible for strategy, stakeholder relations, external communications & investor capability and frontline supervision. You will also have regular dialogue with the FMA Board and divisions of the Board.

You will have executive-level experience in investment management and at least some experience of retail financial services regulation either in New Zealand or in a comparable jurisdiction. You will have managed high-performing teams, and be comfortable with presenting to, and being in discussions with, Ministers, senior government officials and Boards and senior management of regulated entities.

Our connected way of working internally means our leaders must recognise the value of organisational culture and understand leadership's role in both owning it and championing it. While the team that sits under this role will be small at first we expect to build out a broader function over time and will look to the role for people leadership within the FMA generally.

At the FMA we focus on a positive work experience and flexible working arrangements and we expect you to encourage both and provide a constructive and supportive environment for all FMA staff. Our leaders pride themselves on being approachable and accessible and we have embraced continuous learning offering a comprehensive L&D programme for all roles.

Our mandate allows us to offer our people the ability to influence positive change for New Zealanders. As a leadership role, the Director of Investment Management will be at the forefront of the FMA's work for the public good.
This will be both a challenging and highly rewarding position for the successful applicant. If you are motivated by the purpose of this position click here for more details or to view the Position Description or for further information or confidential enquiries you can contact Anna McGaffin on +64 9 905 3953.


This role reports directly to the Chief Executive. We are open for it to be in either Wellington or Auckland although the preference is for the position to be based in Auckland (due to the greater presence of the relevant sectors there).


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

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