Principal Adviser to DDG, Biosecurity NZ

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    4 days ago
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  • Category: Policy/Analysts
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 10-FEB-20
  • Job Reference: MPI20/1444027
  • Job Title: Principal Adviser to DDG, Biosecurity NZ
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Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

New Zealand’s biosecurity is vital – our country is unique, and we need to protect it.  Our environment, our economy and our way of life, are underpinned by a strong biosecurity system.

We are seeking a strategic leader who can provide high quality advice across Biosecurity NZ. You will support the Deputy Director General (DDG) and Directors to shape programmes of work and to drive quality in implementation, and to manage issues and risks.

You will need to be confident providing thought leadership and independent advice across a wide range of business issues, and managing issues on behalf of the DDG. You will work as part of a small team, across the many moving parts of Biosecurity New Zealand.


Key duties for the role:

  • Lead responsibility for key initiatives and projects, including strategic planning, providing papers and materials to support the DDG and attending key meetings
  • Provide intellectual leadership and project and programme support
  • Identify risks, emerging issues and risk mitigation strategies
  • Represent Biosecurity NZ on work across MPI and externally, as required
  • Navigate the machinery of government
  • Promote collaboration across Biosecurity NZ and MPI
  • Provide quality assurance, review, and analysis of plans, models, frameworks, business cases, correspondence, reports, and Ministerial documents
  • Work with the Chief Adviser, Chief Biosecurity Officer and Manager to align the DDG work programme and focus with the business unit strategy and priorities
  • Provide leadership and foster a culture that enables MPI to be an organisation that is connected, focused on results, delivers on our obligations to Māori, is lean and agile, and is prepared to take informed risks.


Mōu – About You

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to lead strategically important and cross-organisation initiatives
  • Outstanding organisational skills
  • Ability to identify and prioritise
  • Ability to establish networks across Biosecurity NZ and MPI
  • Ability to navigate the machinery of government
  • The ability to influence across an organisation
  • A background in policy, economics or an equivalent role
  • A passion for primary industries

Working as part of a high-performing team, you will support the Deputy Director General Biosecurity, to deliver key projects across Biosecurity NZ and help measure effectiveness and engagement across the group. With integrity and professionalism and a sense of fun, make your mark in this influential and challenging role.  


Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua – About MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries is helping to seize export opportunities for our primary industries, improve sector productivity, ensure the food we produce is safe, increase sustainable resource use, and protect New Zealand from biological risk. 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.


Me pēhea te tuku tono – How to Apply

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

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 Sunday 16 February 2020.

If you have any questions about the role, you may contact Senior Recruitment Adviser, Jolene Ingram




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.