Manager Operational Policy

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    5 months ago
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    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Management
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 07-NOV-19
  • Job Reference: MPI19/1429253
  • Job Title: Manager Operational Policy
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  • Summary:
  • Lead a team to deliver practical operational policy to support sustainable land management  
  • Help New Zealand reach its Climate Change obligations
  • Develop and implement regulations to support the sustainable growth of the forest industry

Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

Focussed on the interplay between sustainable economic development and helping New Zealand reach its climate change obligations, our work towards achieving our forestry objectives has meant our team has grown both in size and in depth of focus. To support our evolving needs, the Forestry & Land Management directorate has recently been restructured and we now have two new opportunities for you to join our team as Manager Operational Policy.

Forestry and Land Management covers a wide range of policy, regulatory and operational responsibilities, with a focus on supporting sustainable land management, use of our forestry resources and New Zealand’s climate change responsibilities.  As Manager Operational Policy you will lead a team that provides regulatory analysis and advice to support the successful development and delivery of forestry and land management related projects.  You will ensure operational policy and outreach enables on-the-ground implementation of schemes supporting sustainable land management, including the Emission Trading Scheme (forestry), the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry, and the One Billion Trees Programme.

Core responsibilities for the role: 

  • Manage the delivery of regulatory analysis and advice in relation to land management.
  • Support on the ground implementation of schemes.
  • Provide leadership and management to the Land Management team.
  • Provide advice to Ministers and senior managers.
  • Lead cross-agency work, facilitate collaboration and represent the interests of Te Uru Rakau.

Leading a team responsible for the provision of regulatory analysis and advice, you will establish effective management strategies to support high team performance and effectively supports the achievement of the forestry objectives.

Mōu – About You

Creating high quality regulatory products and ensuring customer centric operational policy and outreach that enables on-the-ground implementation of schemes supporting sustainable land management requires a unique mix of skills.

You will have strong ability to develop collaborative working partnerships and be comfortable dealing with ambiguity and navigating a route through it to provide clarity and transparency.

To be successful in this role, you will also offer:

  • Tertiary qualification in relevant discipline.
  • Previous experience analysing technical issues and making business decisions with financial impact.
  • Experience managing a team or desire to, coupled with experience coaching or mentoring. 
  • High level ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with stakeholders and Ministers and gain their trust and respect.
  • Understanding of management policies relating to the Treaty

You may be a strong manager or senior analyst looking for the next step in your career or perhaps overseas with extensive experience working in a Westminster Parliamentary system, eligible to obtain, but without the Right to Work in New Zealand. Bring your curious thinking, analytical mind-set and history of real life experiences to how we achieve our forestry goals.

Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua – About MPI

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has a strength of common purpose and a passion to sustainably grow and to protect Aotearoa, for the benefit of all New Zealanders. We are a team of experts with massive breadth of experience, offering opportunities to break out of our comfort zone and embrace intellectual and complex challenges. 

About Te Uru Rākau

Forestry is one of our country’s most successful primary industries. Te Uru Rākau, a branch within the Ministry for Primary Industries, builds on this success to create a sustainable and innovative forestry sector that continues to grow and adapt.  Join our dynamic and diverse Te Uru Rākau team who all share the common goal of improving the social, environmental and economic outcomes for New Zealand.

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

Benefits of working at MPI│Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Manatū Ahu Matua

  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Comprehensive one-week MPI Induction Programme
  • Free annual flu vaccination
  • We support work life balance and flexible work arrangements whenever possible

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Me pēhea te tuku tono – How to Apply

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click “APPLY NOW” or visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

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.

In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be available to interview within New Zealand or via Skype.

The closing date is 11 November 2019.

If you have any questions about the role, you may contact Haidee Wynands on 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.