Principal Adviser Strategic Planning and Performance

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  • Category: Planning and Reporting
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 08-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: MPI20/1503465
  • Job Title: Principal Adviser Strategic Planning and Performance
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Principal Adviser – Strategic Planning and Performance

Calling all those public sector strategy, planning, performance monitoring and reporting experts out there, looking for their next opportunity!

  • Are you a strategic thought leader, skilled at supporting senior leaders to set organisational direction, to plan and prioritise, and to monitor performance?
  • Do you enjoy thinking fast and delivering at pace?
  • Does clear and accessible writing flow naturally from your pen?
  • Does inspiring, influencing and coaching staff come naturally to you?

Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua – About MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries/Manatū Ahu Matua works to safeguard New Zealanders’ way of life well in the future. To ensure this, we have a vision where New Zealand is the world’s most sustainable provider of high-value food and primary products. Our organisational strategy sets the direction we need to take to achieve this vision and ensure the success of the food and primary industries for the benefit of all New Zealanders. For more information on our current strategy, see Our Strategy.

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

Mō tō mātou rōpū – About the Team

The Strategic Planning and Performance team within the Strategy Directorate supports the development of MPI’s strategy; reports to our Senior Leadership Team on key strategic priorities, organisational performance and service performance indicators; and provides planning support and tools to enable good business planning. We are also responsible for the development of key statutory reporting to Parliament through MPI’s Statement of Intent and Annual Report, and MPI’s non-financial reporting components for the annual Estimates of Appropriations.  To achieve this work, the team comprises people with a range of skills and experience that enjoy working together and across the organisation.   

Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

We are seeking an experienced principal adviser, with a successful track record in contributing and leading work on strategy development and applying performance and accountability frameworks in a public sector setting. The right candidate will have a solid understanding of the machinery of government, particularly accountability requirements.

Your key role will be to work across the team, the directorate, and MPI to provide thought leadership and expert advice on MPl’s strategic context, its strategic direction, priorities, implementation and performance. You will plan, lead and ensure delivery of specific pieces of work, as well as mentor and support staff.

This role provides many opportunities to engage with senior leaders and others across a large complex organisation. Developing strong networks will be necessary to be effective in this role, so your relationship skills will be key to your success. 

Mōu – About You

To join us you will need:

  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience
  • Significant experience working in a similar role that involved strategy development, planning, performance measurement, and reporting
  • Excellent understanding of the accountability cycle for government departments and requirements for non-financial reporting
  • A proven track record of achieving high quality results through your action orientation
  • Strong stakeholder management experience in building credibility and effective working relationships and with senior leaders, technical specialists, and peers
  • Integrity, maturity and excellent listening, writing and communication skills
  • Ability and interest in coaching / mentoring others in the team.


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

  • Brand new offices close to Railway Station
  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Comprehensive one-week MPI Induction Programme
  • Parental leave ex-gratia payment
  • Bi-annual MPI-paid eye test and contribution to the costs of corrective lenses/frames
  • Flexible working – we support work life balance and flexible work arrangements whenever possible

The salary for this role is circa $109,000 to $128,000 depending on skills and experience.

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 24th 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.