Information Security Advisor

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  • Category: Information Technology
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 14-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: MPI21/1505843
  • Job Title: Information Security Advisor
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We are looking for the right person to join our vibrant, diverse, committed and passionate security team protecting those that are Growing and Protecting New Zealand. If you are driven, adaptable and collaborative, then this might be the role for you!

Your success will be your ability to engage across all areas of the organisation, wider government as well as primary sector community.  You will be adept in understanding technical or complex systems to develop risk assessments and providing pragmatic advice to inform decision makers to keep these systems safe against modern cyber threats. There are no cookie cutter solutions here. 


Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

The Information Technology Security Advisor (ITSA) will focus on carrying out security risk assessments and other certification and assurance activities on a range of projects and initiatives being delivered throughout the Ministry ensuring appropriate information security measures are in place.


The key responsibilities in this role will be:

    • Working with business and system owners to understand risks their system may experience and how these may be managed or mitigated.
    • Reviewing supporting documentation to ensure it is complete and correct.
    • Advising on any changes to risk or threat profiles and making recommendations on remedial activities to manage any changes including monitoring and reporting on local and global information security threats and risks
    • support the continuous development of internal C&A.
    • support key organisational information security practices (such as Detect and Respond, Endpoint Security Enhancements and Secure by Design)
    • support the wider information security team, Service Desk, and Security Operations Centre in responding to information security incidents
    • promote information security awareness to create and support a ‘security aware culture’
    • communicate effectively and build collaborative working relationships with MPI’s people and vendors at all levels.



Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua – 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! 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.

To find out more about the Ministry and what we do please click here



Mōu – About You

Our ideal candidate will have a strong technical background as well as experience in information security and system assurance practices. You will need to be agile, adaptable and quick to pick things up. We need you to have a can do attitude, be a team player, strong on systems and processes, pragmatic and able to deal with ambiguity. You will also be customer centric with great communication skills and enjoy working as part of a fun and dynamic team.  It would be beneficial if you hold a recognised Information Security certification such as CISSP, CISM, or CISA, but this is not essential.

We’re also committed to your wellbeing. We want our people to be the best they can be, both at work and at home and offer flexible working to support a great work-life balance.

Please note: Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand (NZ), click here to find out more about work visa eligibility and options, and be able to obtain and maintain the required level of NZ Government security clearance for the position applied for. The minimum citizenship and residency criteria for this role are as follows:



Ngā Taki Whakahaumaru – Security checks

Low level Security Clearance

  • most preferably an NZ citizen, who has resided continuously in NZ for at least the last five (5) years, OR
  • a citizen of, and/or has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last five (5) years: either Australia, Canada, New Zealand (NZ), the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (USA); and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at this level.
  • click here to find out more about the national security vetting process and access the eligibility self-check tool.

If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application.


Me pēhea te tuku tono – 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.

The closing date is 28th January 2021


If you have any questions about the role, please email


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.