May 162019

  • Job Type:
  • Category: Advisors
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 15-MAY-19
  • Job Reference: MPI19/1397387
  • Job Title: Senior Adviser
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  • Summary:
  • Are you an experienced relationship manager, adept at collaborating across government and industry?
  • Do you thrive in a dynamic, rewarding and at times ambiguous environment?
  • Be part of a team that delivers readiness outcomes with biosecurity as the primary focus.


Come and join the GIA, Partnerships and Readiness Delivery Team in a role where managing relationships with industry is the core function and where biosecurity is the primary focus.


About the Role:

  • This role is multi-faceted and will suit you if you can demonstrate excellence in relationship management and collaboration across a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.  
  • You’ll lead and facilitate engagement with industry stakeholders so will be expert at building and fostering successful relationships, and you will bring a customer-centric approach with you. 
  • Working in partnership with industry, you’ll lead the development of readiness work programmes and facilitate MPI’s contribution to the enable the delivery of specific readiness activities. 
  • You will be a confident communicator and someone who is able to adeptly navigate and foster relationships in order to achieve shared goals and objectives for the purpose of improving how we prepare for and respond to biosecurity threats.
  • Central to this role is the Government Industry Agreement (GIA), a partnership between Government and primary industries. This partnership is at the forefront of biosecurity and leads the way in collaboration and new initiatives.  


Skills & Experience:

  • You’ll have initiative, be innovative and adaptable and will use these attributes to support our relationships and work activities, which are continually evolving.  You will need the ability to work under pressure and deal with ambiguity and complexity. 
  • A high level of personal resilience and ownership of planning and prioritisation is required to be successful in this role.
  • Primary industry experience, a background in biosecurity along with a familiarity with government processes and the machinery of government is ideal but not necessary.


We are looking for people to start as soon as possible. You’ll be awarded with a competitive salary, a supportive team environment as well as the opportunity to develop and hone your relationship skills in a large Government environment. 


About the Organisation:

Biosecurity New Zealand (a business unit of the Ministry for Primary Industries, MPI) has a critical role in preventing harmful organisms crossing New Zealand’s borders.

To see more of who MPI is and the work that we do click here.


About the Team: 

The GIA, Partnerships and Readiness Delivery Team is accountable for delivery of a comprehensive programme that focused on the common goals that we share with our partners.  This team is part of the Readiness and Response Services Directorate within Biosecurity New Zealand.  Together, we bring together critical capability to prepare for and manage responses, and to co-ordinate recovery and long term management activities working across biosecurity, food, primary production and trade systems. 


Benefits of working at MPI include:

  • Brand new offices close to Railway Station
  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Comprehension one-week MPI Induction Programme
  • Parental leave ex-gratia payment
  • Workstation assessment

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Salary range for this role is $82k to $107k depending on skills and experience


How to Apply

To view the position description and/or apply for the role please click “APPLY FOR THIS JOB” or visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

For detailed information on this role please refer to the position description or contact


Applications close Wednesday 29th May 2019.


To apply for this role you must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it – click here to find out more about work visa eligibility and options.


The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you’ll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you’re growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.

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