Systems Auditor

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    2 months ago
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  • Category: Veterinarians
  • Location: National
  • Date Advertised: 20-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: MPI21/1507449
  • Job Title: Systems Auditor
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Systems Auditor | Assurance | New Zealand Food Safety

We are looking for 2x System Auditors to join the team within the New Zealand Food Safety business unit. These roles are full time, permanent opportunities and can be completed from either the MPI office or from a home office in New Zealand.  


About our Team | Mō tō mātou rōpū

The Systems Audit Team are accountable for the development and delivery of the Systems Audit Programme. Audits and sector analyses within this programme span production, processing and export of food and food-related products, live animals and germplasm, overarching programmes such as organics, border processes, animal welfare and market access specific requirements.


About the Role | Kōrero mō te tūranga

The Systems Auditors assist in enabling market access for New Zealand’s primary products and assure their integrity, safety and reputation by undertaking systems audits of MPI, industry and third party activities when acting as the New Zealand Competent Authority.

They also contribute to the assurance of integrity, safety and reputation of New Zealand’s primary products, including food, by:

  • auditing the effectiveness of the New Zealand Food Safety intervention model and decision making policies (regulatory and non-regulatory) including a fit for purpose risk management framework
  • providing intelligence on trends and significant issues occurring in stakeholder industries or accredited agencies to the relevant initiator of specific audit programmes
  • preparing, assessing, responding to and reporting any assigned instances of critical non-compliance
  • collating and analysing audit findings and presenting any resulting trend information to the standard setters to inform further development and review of standards
  • acting as Technical Experts in accreditation assessment of recognised agencies.

We are seeking two highly motivated Veterinarians who are self-starters but must also be able to work as part of a remotely based team. They must be able to meet deadlines and think on their feet. They will have the ability to build solid relationships with stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds. This role requires a significant amount of domestic travel and time away from home. Applicants should bear this in mind before applying.


Who are we looking for? | Ko te tangata mo tēnei tūranga?

We are looking for someone with the following competencies and experience:

  • A tertiary qualification in Veterinary Science
  • An auditing qualification and at least 2 years auditing experience
  • Sound understanding of NZ legislation relating to primary industries, farm practices, food production and processing
  • Experience in meat and other animal products processing sectors covered by NZ legislation
  • A current and clean NZ Drivers Licence

Desirable competencies that would be advantageous (in addition to essential competencies):

  • A post graduate qualification in Veterinary Public Health or Veterinary Pharmacology
  • Experience in Seafood, Live Animal, Red Meat and/or Apiary sectors
  • Experience in NAIT and/or ACVM – or intimate familiarity with this legislation and how these are regulated

To be successful in this role you should have: a very strong analytical ability; a capacity to quickly identify and clearly express core elements of an issue or proposal; excellent communication skills to enable effective linkages with MPI staff, stakeholders and other agencies; demonstrated ability to produce written material that is concise, fluent and clearly presented.

Depending on the applicant, the role can be either office or home—office based, although within reasonable travelling distance from a domestic airport or MPI regional office is strongly preferred.


How to apply | Me pēhea te tuku tono

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.

If you have any questions about the role, you may contact the Recruitment adviser, Rosie Slevin for a confidential discussion on 04 819 4261 or email

Please note, given this position is safety sensitive the preferred applicant/s for the position will be required to undergo a drug and alcohol pre-employment screening test. Further information on this process can be found on our careers site under the application process, on pre-employment checks.

Applications for this role close on 14 February 2021


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.