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Target Developer

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Transport & Logistics
Auckland Airport
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Job Description

  • Be involved in joined border projects
  • Use your passion for risk profiling
  • Make a difference at the heart of New Zealand way of evaluating risk targets


We have an exciting opportunity for you to join the Ministry for Primary Industries Target Evaluation Team as a Target Developer. You'll be the key link in the information flow across the biosecurity system and cargo pathways.

If you have a passion for applying intelligence on risk profiles, protecting New Zealand from Biosecurity risk, and want to be involved in improving leading-edge risk profiling, then read on.


About the Role

You'll create, maintain and monitor MPI's cargo profiles/alerts in order to maximise biosecurity compliance and facilitate trade into New Zealand.     You'll contribute to protecting New Zealand from biosecurity pests and develop effective risk profiles.

Taking into account operational impacts, the Target Developer (Cargo) translates targeting guidance and recommendations provided by the Intelligence and Targeting and Advanced Data Analytics Teams into profiles and alerts across the cargo pathway.

You'll work across a diverse group of internal/external stakeholders and will need to ensure your inputs are is well grounded and meet policy and standards.


About the Team

You'll join a team that is specialised in target evaluation and associated public services.  The team's deliverables include target evaluation, applying import health standards to cargo applications and servicing public enquiries around cargo imports.

You'll work in a flexible and dynamic environment that contributes significantly to New Zealand's primary industries.


Skills and Experience

This you will suit you if have an interest in the application of intelligence, the primary sector, and the wider environmental, economic, social and political context it operates within. You'll bring comprehensive knowledge of the biosecurity operational environment and ideally previous experience in a similar role.

You'll also bring:

  • Skills in statistics and computational math comprehension
  • The capacity to quickly identify and clearly express core elements of an issue
  • Strategic thinking
  • Strong liaison skills


About the Organisation

Our purpose is to grow and protect New Zealand. MPI is helping maximise export opportunities for our primary industries, improve sector productivity, ensure the food we produce is safe, increase sustainable resource use, and protect New Zealand from biological risk. We employ over 2,200 staff in 70 locations both here and overseas.


We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture. We are fair in our behaviour and our policies promote equal opportunity for all. We provide numerous training programmes and opportunities for people to continuously improve their skill sets and keep up to date with global best practices.


The Operations branch of MPI is responsible for the verification of cargo, passengers, animal products and food. The Branch is also responsible for intelligence gathering, risk and targeting strategies, planning, training and quality assurance.

To see more of who MPI is and the work that we do click here.


If you want to become part of a diverse and interesting organisation that offers a wide range of career opportunities and you want to be part of helping NZ to succeed, then click on our link below!


Keen to Apply? It's Easy

To view the position description and/or apply for the role please click “APPLY NOW”.  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 Kathryn Scrimgeour at

Applications close Friday 26 January 2018.


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