Response Manager

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    5 months ago
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    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Management
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 22-OCT-19
  • Job Reference: MPI19/1428109
  • Job Title: Response Manager
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Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

We have two current permanent vacancies within our Wellington based Incident Management Team (IMT). Your main focus will be to directly manage and support significant responses. You’ll lead and contribute to responses of major incidents including responsibility for the overall direction. You’ll also provide leadership and assist with decision making for responses by contributing to strategic leadership.

You will also:

  • Ensure that development needs to enhance MPIs response capability and capacity are identified
  • Provide input into response system improvements
  • Contribute to preparedness activities
  • Support and mentor other staff involved in responses.


Mōu – About You

You’ll have experience leading, managing and delivering complex responses, projects or programmes. You will be comfortable and experienced working in diverse and challenging situations.

You will be someone who has the ability to maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders who may be participating, impacted or otherwise interested in a response. You’ll also bring confidence and experience dealing with senior leadership.

We are looking for people who are able to lead significant biosecurity, food safety, trade, and adverse event responses. The applicant will also be expected to act as a subject matter expert in our training programme and for Readiness and Response and related projects.

You will have:

  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Proven ability to lead and manage teams in ambiguous work environments
  • Proven ability to use initiative and persevere in order to perform in high pressure situations
  • Excellent communication skills


About the Team – Mō tō mātou rōpū

The IMT is part of the Readiness and Response Directorate of the Operations Branch within MPI’s Biosecurity Business Unit.

When a major biosecurity, food, trade or adverse event incident occurs, the IMT assists in mounting a response to minimise the impact and eliminate, reduce or contain the incident. The decision to mount the response remains with the Business Director for each area. Our team provides a cross-MPI advisory and mentoring role on management of major incidents across the four focus areas.

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Location and Travel

While the positions are based in Wellington, temporary deployment away from Wellington is possible. This may include temporary placement in the Mycoplasma bovis programme either in Wellington, or the regions, subject to negotiation between the M bovis team and Line Manager.


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
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Comprehensive one-week MPI Induction Programme

Salary range for this role is $108K to $127K depending on skills and experience

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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 Tuesday 5th November 2019.

If you have any questions about the role, you may contact Jessica Bradley 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.