Oct 5, 2022

Executive Director, Strategy and Design – Financial Markets Authority

By PFM Search

Hobson Leavy is delighted to be partnering with the Financial Markets Authority in the executive search for its next Executive Director, Strategy and Design.

As New Zealand’s conduct regulator for the finance sector, the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) – Te Mana Tātai Hokohoko, promotes and facilitates the development of fair, efficient, and transparent financial markets.

The FMA’s vision is clear – more New Zealanders than ever believe the financial services sector is working well for them. They ensure better outcomes for all by building confidence, participation and efficiency in New Zealand’s financial markets.

As part of its programme to evolve and transform the way it operates, prepare for its expanding mandate, and continue to foster a strong and trusted financial sector that treats people fairly, the FMA has announced changes to its executive leadership team. Reporting directly to the CE, the senior leaders will work at a highly strategic level with a cross-organisation view and capability to lead in other areas. As a strong enterprise leadership collective and one team, the six Executive Directors will have joint responsibility for achieving FMA’s strategic goals, growth and transformation as they prepare for a larger role focused on outcomes for consumers of financial services in Aotearoa.

The FMA is looking for an Executive Director, Strategy and Design which is one of the newly created enterprise leadership roles. This role has responsibility for leading the strategy and direction setting for the FMA, ensuring a clear view of the systems, priorities and regulatory design is developed with, and communicated across the whole organisation.

The ideal candidate will bring proven experience in leading the design and development of regulatory interventions, including policy and standards development. They will be experienced in leading research, analysis, and insights to understand consumer and investor engagement in markets and market risks, and an understanding of international relations and domestic government relations. Experience from financial, regulatory, or government sectors within New Zealand and/or overseas is critical.

The position will hold joint responsibility for ensuring the FMA develops into a globally recognised, outcomes-focused regulator through leading the development of a new common vision, a more scalable structure and an autonomous and collaborative workforce.

With the FMA, you’ll be making a difference by enabling New Zealanders to have confidence that our financial sector provides a strong foundation for their financial future – helping them to save and invest, manage their risks, borrow, make payments, and support their families.

For more information or to apply, please contact Salma Malik at Hobson Leavy Executive Search:

Applications close 5.00pm, Friday 14th October 2022.