Principal Adviser to the Inspector General, Regulatory Systems

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    5 months ago
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  • Category: Policy/Analysts
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 07-NOV-19
  • Job Reference: MPI19/1431594
  • Job Title: Principal Adviser to the Inspector General, Regulatory Systems
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Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

New Zealand has a reputation for producing high quality and safe primary products.  Our complex regulatory system is designed to support New Zealand’s variety of primary producer stakeholders to get product to market safely and securely. 

MPI is responsible for a range of primary legislation including the Biosecurity Act, The Food Act, and the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act to name but a few.  It is also responsible for stewardship of a multitude of supporting regulation underpinning these Acts.  

Recently, MPI has established the new role of Inspector General, Regulatory Systems, to take a systems approach to identifying ways in which MPI can improve the quality of our regulatory practice. 

This Principal Adviser role will provide support to the newly established Inspector General, Regulatory Systems (IGRS) to ensure the successful delivery of the IGRS programme of work. This will include counsel and advice to the IGRS, development of inspectorate work programmes, gleaning issues of regulatory currency, and research and analysis of and for Reviews and Investigations.

This is an exciting new opportunity for an individual with a strong understanding of New Zealand’s Regulatory environment to think critically about the shape of our regulatory environment, and to consider opportunities for strengthening it to face new and emerging challenges for New Zealand’s primary sector.  


Mōu – About You

We are looking for someone with the analytical ability to look at systems critically, and to shine a light on aspects we have not previously considered.  We seek someone who has a sound risk radar, the ability to think strategically, and a proven ability to stretch your thinking into highly complex areas. 

A key requirement of this role will be the ability to communicate with, and influence senior management without necessarily having the mandate.  You will do this by being able to grasp complex concepts, and to connect up matters to provide insights that others may not have identified. You will be an expert relationship developer, and have a high level of productivity.   

There are opportunities for development over time for the right person.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Highly developed research and analytical skills
  • An ability to grasp complex regulatory concepts, and translate these into easily understood, relevant, and relatable information without ambiguity (both written and orally).
  • An understanding of the structure, functions and conventions of government and their relationship to the work of MPI
  • The ability to function independently and as part of a broad team to ensure delivery
  • An outcomes focus, with the ability to influence at a senior level.


About the Team

Unknown to many New Zealanders, MPI is one of the largest Government regulators in the country. Our regulatory systems have a significant impact on the primary and food sectors, their resources, and are critical to ensuring New Zealand’s trade and export opportunities are maximised.  We must take proactive care of our regulatory systems to keep growing and protecting New Zealand and for integrity in our decision making and enforcement to be recognised and respected.  

As part of this commitment we have created a new function, led by the Inspector-General Regulatory Systems, to provide independent advice and evaluation of our regulatory frameworks and systems. The function is responsible for undertaking monitoring, reviews and investigations across MPI in order to increase transparency and public confidence in the quality of our regulatory systems.


Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua – About MPI

MPI has a strength of common purpose and a passion to sustainably grow and to protect Aotearoa, for the benefit of all New Zealanders. 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. Our overall ambition is for New Zealand to be the most trusted source of high value natural products in the world. We’re working towards sustainability, protection, growth and participation.

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


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.

Applications close on Sunday the 24th of November 2019.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Nick Goddard for a confidential discussion on 04 894 0908 or email at  

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.