Manager Plant Risk Assessment

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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    5 months ago
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  • Category: Management
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 04-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: MPI21/1510567
  • Job Title: Manager Plant Risk Assessment
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Mō tō mātou rōpū – About our team

The Risk Assessment group provides specialised science and risk advice to support decision making across New Zealand’s biosecurity system and internationally.

The Plant Risk Assessment team within the group provides science advice and risk assessments for pest and diseases affecting plants, including forestry, horticultural and native species. The team also has a major role identifying new and emerging biosecurity risks and communicating information about these risks to the teams undertaking risk management. The focus of the Plant Assessment team is turning scientific information into high quality, practical advice to support biosecurity decision-making.


Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

Imagine waking each morning with the satisfaction of playing a pivotal role in growing our economy and protecting our unique biological diversity and way of life.

We are seeking a Manager to lead one of three Plants & Pathways teams where assessing risks to New Zealand’s plant biosecurity is a key output.

You will manage a multi-disciplinary team that supports the New Zealand biosecurity system by providing science-based advice on pests and diseases, conducting risk assessments which are used by decision-makers across MPI, and contributing to improvements in risk assessment methods.


Mōu – About You

To be successful in this role you will need to:

  • Significant experience in a biosecurity related discipline
  • Experience in project management
  • Significant experience in risk assessment, risk analysis, risk prioritisation or risk management
  • Experience in customer service and stakeholder engagement at a senior level
  • Leadership experience within your related field


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

  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Reduced premiums for Group Healthcare Schemes
  • Parental leave ex-gratia payment
  • Workstation assessment
  • Free annual flu vaccination

See the benefits of working at MPI

The salary for this role is circa $109k to $128k depending on skills and experience.


Wā Mahi Ngāwari – Flexible Working

If you’re interested we are open to discussing flexible working options with you.  This can take many forms such as (but not limited to) reduced hours, remote working, flexible start and finish times, compressed hours or term-time work.  Please feel free to talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you need and we will explore what’s possible for the role.


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.

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 closing date is Thursday 18th February 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.