Data Engineer

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    5 days ago
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  • Category: Information Technology
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 26-OCT-18
  • Job Reference: MPI18/1360549
  • Job Title: Data Engineer
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Data Engineer – Business Technology and Information Services 

Are you interested in growing and protecting New Zealand through your data engineering skills?  A new role for a Data Engineer supporting the Biosecurity Intelligence Team at MPI has been established. 


About MPI

The 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!


About our team

The Business Technology and Information Services Directorate is part of the Corporate Services Branch within MPI. BTIS’s vision is ‘making business easier and better’ and to ensure we deliver to business outcomes as outlined in MPI’s Information Technology Strategy.

To achieve our vision, BTIS has to be an exceptional service provider, a highly effective team, a creative innovator, change enabler and a responsive integrator between MPI, government, suppliers and industry. This is an exciting time for us and we are looking for motivated team members to be a part of this.

The Information and Insights team is responsible for managing the Ministry’s core information and data, supporting and delivering analytic services, providing advice, and leading and championing the use of geospatial, unstructured, non-spatial and digital library information and data as well as legacy physical and digital information..

The Core Information and Data team within Information and Insights works across all information and data management disciplines within MPI. They develop the key information and data standards; build the structures which hold our information and data; prepare, migrate and transform information and data; and manage its lifecycle.

Within Core Information and Data there are teams responsible for information and data architecture, data engineering and information lifecycle management.


About the role

This role has been created within the data engineering team. The team’s tasks include preparing data for analytical or operational uses and include building data pipelines to pull together information from different source systems (internal and external), integrating, consolidating and structuring it for use in various systems. The Data Engineers are responsible for defining and designing the data structures – structures including the logical data and physical models – which hold the Ministry’s data. They work with the business to understand the datasets and the analytic and business needs.

This role will focus on the data needs of the biosecurity intelligence function within MPI. The Biosecurity Intelligence Team is a brand new team that is in the process of being established. The data engineer supporting this team will be instrumental in helping to shape, implement and refine the data processes and systems required for the team to be successful.

You will be closely working with the Biosecurity Intelligence Team, which brings together science expertise, data technology and analytics, and intelligence practices to collaboratively predict and forecast biosecurity threats. The team is charged with delivering easily digestible biosecurity intelligence to inform MPI decision makers of changing threats and risks to the biosecurity system.


About you

You will have a qualification or comparable experience in a field strongly aligned with data engineering and the management of information and data with 1-3 years’ experience delivering data engineering services. You are comfortable in managing customer-facing roles liaising with all levels of management and staff. Ideally you will have an understanding of the management of information and data within the New Zealand government context and an understanding of the use and value of structured spatial and non-spatial data.

As this role is to support the biosecurity intelligence team, an understanding of data and issues relating to science or intelligence will be an advantage.


How / why to apply?

Our work stretches all the way from the Beehive to the border. If you want a career where you help to grow and protect New Zealand in a very real way then this is it. Our team is collegial, supportive and hard working. MPI has a focus on career pathways so this is the first step in your career with us. 

See the benefits of working at MPI

To view the position description and apply for the role, please click on “APPLY NOW” in order to be directed to our website.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Ruth Greening, Recruitment Adviser on

Applications close: Sunday 11 November 2018.


MPI is an equal opportunity employer and committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to New Zealand. In return you’ll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you’re growing your career. We actively encourage applications from any background.