Adviser/Senior Adviser – Food Compliance

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    2 months ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Enforcement
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 11-NOV-19
  • Job Reference: MPI19/1431224
  • Job Title: Adviser/Senior Adviser – Food Compliance
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  • Summary:

If you are passionate about food safety and labelling and are comfortable in dealing with both industry and the public, this is the position for you.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is currently looking for an Adviser/Senior Adviser (Food Compliance).  The position is to be based in Wellington, but there is some flexibility in location.  This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the growing Food Compliance Services Team at MPI where you can use your unique blend of technical and personal skills to work with stakeholders in a sector crucial to New Zealand’s national interests, while making a difference in ensuring only safe and suitable food is sold in food businesses across Aotearoa New Zealand.

As an Adviser/Senior Adviser (Food Compliance) you will be responsible for responding to food labelling related complaints. You will also be key in developing and delivering initiatives to assist the Food Compliance Services Group. 

The successful candidate will need to:

  • Have a Bachelor of Science and/or Post-graduate Diploma in a science, public/environmental health or food discipline; or equivalent qualification recognised by the Appointing Authority.
  • Have experience or understanding of food legislation including the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing to wide ranging audiences.
  • Build and sustain positive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Have excellent time management and work prioritising skills.
  • Be a self-starter who has the ability to find robust but pragmatic solutions to complex problems in short timeframes.
  • Have the ability to successfully work independently as well as part of a team to fulfil a common objective.

Experience in the food sector and/or food regulation and enforcement would be an advantage.

If you are successful, you will be expected to attend and successfully complete a comprehensive residential training course of up to three weeks. Willingness to travel within New Zealand is required. The role is within an enforcement environment, requiring maturity and resilience but can provide real satisfaction within a supportive and inclusive workforce.

About MPI:

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for ‘Growing and Protecting New Zealand’. It’s no mean feat and we have a team of hard working and dedicated people in a variety of roles supporting us to make this happen! MPI also provides a range of services to ensure New Zealand is protected from biological risk and that the food New Zealand businesses produce is safe and suitable for us all to consume. MPI’s services ensure that New Zealand’s natural resources are sustainable while enabling the primary sector to innovate and grow the value of its exports. Our overall ambition is for New Zealand to be the most trusted source of high value natural products in the world. Join us to help this ambition become a reality.


In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be immediately available for an interview within New Zealand, must hold a current New Zealand work permit or be a New Zealand resident and hold a New Zealand driver’s licence.

You will also be required to successfully complete a Criminal Conviction Check.

Applications should include a copy of the applicant’s CV and a cover letter detailing:

-  Why you are interested in the role, and

– An overview of how your skills and experience relate to the role.

Please note, given this position is safety sensitive the preferred applicant/s for the position will be required to undergo a drug and alcohol pre-employment screening test. 


Interviews will commence as soon as possible after the closing date.


For further information, please refer to the attached job description or email


Applications close: Monday 25th November 2019



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.