Market Access Counsellor

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    6 months ago
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  • Category: Policy/Analysts
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 22-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: MPI21/1506308
  • Job Title: Market Access Counsellor
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Ma tau rourou, ma taku rourou, ka ora te iwi (with your contribution and my contribution the people will prosper) 

  • Are you looking for a role with growth opportunities and an international focus?
  • Would you like to utilise your technical background to open trade opportunities?  

Mō tō mātou rōpūAbout our team 

The Market Access Directorate’s role is to maximise trade opportunities for New Zealand’s primary industry and food sectors.  The Directorate works closely with key international trading partner officials to ensure current trade is maintained and to identify opportunities where market access for New Zealand’s primary produce exports can be enhanced. 

Within the Market Access team, you will provide technical advice and support for the development, drafting, maintenance and review of market access requirements, manage MPI’s relationships with overseas competent authorities, engage in bilateral market access negotiations and technical discussions. 

Kōrero mō te tūrangaAbout the roles 

We are looking to fill two Market Access Counsellor positions.  You will need to be a confident and experienced operator to join MPI’s Market Access Directorate.  These roles help MPI to maximise returns for New Zealand, by enabling access to new markets, and ensuring trade pathways remain open. 

You will take a lead in  the scoping, assessment and prioritisation of ‘high potential’ market access initiatives and other opportunities to grow New Zealand’s primary product and food exports.  You will deal with specific market access issues, identify strategic issues and potential responses, manage stakeholder and overseas competent authority relationships, and negotiate with foreign competent authorities the market access conditions for New Zealand primary product and food exports. You will also be required to help develop and mentor more junior members of the Directorate. 

The position requires knowledge and experience related to primary product or food production and export; food or biosecurity regulatory systems; maintaining effective working relationships with stakeholders; analysing market access information; and provide high quality and timely reports. You will also need to be able to obtain a New Zealand government security clearance. 

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A degree relevant to veterinary science, food safety, biosecurity or trade policy
  • Technical knowledge of primary product and food export and related issues
  • Experience with food safety and/or biosecurity regulation
  • Strong analytical and effective project management skills
  • Sound relationship management, communication and presentational skills
  • Experience and knowledge of market access 

Mō te Manatū Ahu MatuaAbout 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 passionate people in a variety of roles both on the ground and in the office supporting us to make this happen.

MPI has a focus on career pathways and we will work with you to help you grow.

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Me pēhea te tuku tonoHow to apply

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If you want a career where you help to grow and protect New Zealand in a very real way then this could be it. Our team is collegial, supportive and hard working. MPI has a focus on career pathways so take this step in your career with us and we will help you develop. 

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click on “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. 

For internal candidates please make sure your current manager is aware of your application. Please note this is an opportunity to move into trade policy at your current level. 

Applications close: 11th February 2021 

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Katrina Minx, Senior Recruitment Adviser on 04 831 4908 or katrina.minx@mpi.govt.nzThe 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.