Principal / Senior Strategic Adviser

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    5 months ago
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  • Category: Planning and Reporting
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 30-OCT-19
  • Job Reference: MPI19/1430044
  • Job Title: Principal / Senior Strategic Adviser
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Principal / Senior Advisor – Strategic Planning and Performance

  • Can you develop meaningful agency performance measures and accessible reports?
  • Does clear and accessible writing flow naturally from your pen?
  • Do you enjoy thinking fast and delivering at pace?
  • Can you operate at a strategic level, while also nailing the fine print?


We’re lifting our game in the performance and reporting space and we need you to drive innovation and continuous improvement by bringing your real world experience of planning, reporting and performance tools and systems.  We need your skills as a subject matter expert in corporate planning and performance.  We want your experience in designing and applying performance and accountability frameworks in large complex organisations.  And we love it when you flex your relationship management muscles to advise leaders and support a Senior Leadership Team that wants better performance information, monitoring and reporting.  If you are looking to advance your career in a collegial environment where you can make a real difference across an entire organisation, read on! 

Mō tō mātou rōpū | About our team

The Strategic Planning and Performance team develops MPI’s strategy, supports our Senior Leadership Team with information and assurance on organisational performance and the delivery of strategic activities, and provides oversight of key organisational performance indicators.  The team is also responsible for the development of key statutory reporting to Parliament through MPI’s strategic intentions and Annual Report, and develops the non-financial reporting components of the Ministry’s annual Estimates.  The wider Strategy Directorate establishes and supports MPI’s central Governance functions, provides project support for the organisation, and promotes organisational improvement through providing a customer focussed service design approach to business functions.

Kōrero mō te tūranga | About the role

Due to growing demand, and a recent vacancy our team has a new opportunity for an experienced advisor to join us at senior or principal advisor levels. Your key role will be to draw from your experience and provide thought leadership within the team around performance monitoring and reporting.  This includes work to maintain a high quality set of output measures across the business, ensuring the Ministry’s non-financial performance information in the estimates is correct, developing reporting to our Senior Leadership Team on organisational performance, and overseeing and writing the Annual Report.  You will be expected to provide advice to our senior leaders and executive team as a trusted advisor to support their decision making.  

The Strategy Directorate as a whole operates with a degree of flexibility around resources so you will periodically be expected to contribute to projects across the span of the Directorate’s responsibilities.  This potentially includes contributing to Strategy development, supporting major organisational leadership events, and assisting with governance and budget work when required.

Mōu | About You

To join us you will need:

  • a tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience
  • relevant experience in performance measure development, monitoring, and reporting is essential
  • 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.


Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua | About MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) works to ensure New Zealand will be the world’s most sustainable provider of high-value food and primary products. 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?

Our work stretches all the way from the Beehive to the border.  If you want a career where you help New Zealand’s prosperity, sustainability and protection in a very real way then this is it. Our team is collegial, supportive and hard working.  MPI has a focus on career pathways so this is the first step in your career with us and we will help you grow.

Salary range for the Senior Adviser role is Adviser $91,162 to midpoint $107,249 and for the Principal Adviser $108,541 – to midpoint $127,695 depending on skill set and experience.


See the benefits of working at MPI

To view the position description and apply for the role, please click on “APPLY NOW” in order to be directed to our website.  For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Recruitment Adviser,  Ruth at

Applications close: Wednesday 13 November 2019.

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.