Senior Policy Analyst

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    5 months ago
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  • Category: Policy/Analysts
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 22-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: MPI21/1503728
  • Job Title: Senior Policy Analyst
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Ma tau rourou, ma taku rourou, ka ora te iwi (with your contribution and my contribution the people will prosper)

Senior Policy Analyst (Market Insights)

  • Are you keen to help the New Zealand primary sector respond to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of it?
  • Are you interested in understanding the drivers of business and industry success?
  • Are you looking to apply big picture thinking and research capability to develop evidence-based advice for Government and industry decision makers?
  • Are you keen to tackle the big economic, market, business, and consumer strategic issues, challenge current thinking, and develop new strategies for the primary sector?
  • Are you looking for opportunities to shift behaviours and achieve change through partnering with iwi, industry stakeholders, and other parts of government?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then we are looking for a talented analyst with strong analytical, relationship, and strategic skills, to help drive an ambitious work programme within the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI).

Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua – About MPI

MPI’s vision is that New Zealand will be the most trusted source of high value natural products in the world. To achieve this, we’re working to promote an adaptive and environmentally responsible primary sector.  We want to grow prosperity through insight and innovation, as well as increase our capability to protect New Zealand from biological risks.

MPI’s Policy & Trade Branch provides strategic thinking, analysis, and policy advice to Government.  It also negotiates market access arrangements and oversees international government-to-government relationships. Our work is important and high profile, sitting at the nexus between economic, environmental, and community wellbeing.

Mō tō mātou rōpū – About the Market Insights team

Sitting within the Policy and Trade branch, the Market Insights team is part of MPI’s Economic Intelligence Unit. This team produces innovative market intelligence, evidence-based analysis and advice to support government policy. The team’s research also supports New Zealand’s primary sector exports by informing both industry as well as government decision-making.

Our website, including links to some of our publicly available research can be found here –

Market and export trade reports, trends, and data | MPI | NZ Government

Kōrero mō te tūrangaAbout the role

As a senior member of the Market Insights team you will be producing economic and market-based research covering a wide range of primary sector issues, including: 

International trade – Identifying new opportunities and risks for our primary sectors in export markets and evaluating the performance of existing markets, 

Industry development – Primary and secondary research into industry challenges, products, and market dynamics.  Analysing both industry and company strategy as well as financial performance. 

Government investment – Assisting in the assessment of MPI’s investment priorities and the optimal deployment of Government grants and investment. 

Policy development – Support policy advice within government through evidence-based economic and market research and analysis.  Advising on consumer and industry trends which impact regulatory and legislative decisions. 

You will also be involved in providing support to other Market Insights staff through mentoring, peer review, and expert advice. 

You will also support the Ministry’s engagement with the primary sector by building strong relationships across industry, Maori, as well as government and non-government agencies.

Ngā Pūkenga me ngā Wheako – Skills / Experience

We are looking for a smart, curious and enthusiastic analyst with relevant economic policy, primary industry, commercial, or finance sector experience.  In particular, we are looking for candidates with the following attributes:

  • Strong critical analysis skills, with a demonstrated ability to identify insights from both quantitative data and qualitative research,
  • The ability to deliver high quality written research reports and oral presentations that clearly communicate the key elements of an issue,
  • Broad experience and perspectives to examine issues from all angles
  • The ability to make creative and informed connections between commercial, environmental, and social issues,
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively collaborate with a wide range of people, and
  • Strong organisational skills, with a task orientated and deadline focused work ethic.

If you like to be busy, enjoy working through complex issues, can show initiative, and enjoy working with diverse groups of stakeholders, we want to hear from you.

This role is broad banded across MPI’s general salary bands E and D $75,758 – $108,321 per annum depending on skill set and experience.

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 on “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.

For internal candidates please make sure your current manager is aware of your application. Please note this is an opportunity to move into trade policy at your current level.

Applications close: 14th February 2021

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Katrina Minx, Senior Recruitment Adviser on 04 831 4908 or 

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.