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Manager Food Science and Risk Assessment

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Job Description

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced manager who has a track record of successful management of technical work programmes and staff to deliver on organisational goals and responsibilities.

The Manager Food Science and Risk Assessment has an essential role in MPI in ensuring that high quality and appropriate scientific advice is available to Food Safety NZ, other business groups across MPI, and external stakeholders.

A particular responsibility of this role is overarching management of all aspects of the science work underpinning the trans-Tasman food regulations and New Zealand's contributions to the governance responsibilities of the joint food regulatory system.

To be successful you will need to demonstrate a wide variety of skills and experience including excellent domestic and international stakeholder management and people leadership.


Key Skills / Educational Requirements:

  • Postgraduate qualification in a relevant biological science related to food.
  • Relevant management experience
  • People management and leadership (particularly technical staff)
  • Experience in managing internal and external relationships with an assortment of stakeholders and well developed networks
  • Technical understanding of regulatory aspects of food safety, wholesomeness and nutrition
  • High level of presentation, communication and influencing



The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for ‘Growing and Protecting New Zealand'. We have a team of hard working and dedicated people in a variety of roles supporting us to make this happen! MPI provides a range of services in the food area to ensure that the food New Zealand businesses produce is safe and suitable for all consumers, both here and abroad. MPI's services also ensure that New Zealand's natural resources are sustainable while enabling the primary sector to innovate and grow the value of its exports. Our overall ambition is for New Zealand to be the most trusted source of high value natural products in the world. Join us to help this ambition become a reality. 

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.

If you have any questions about the role, you may contact Nick Goddard for a confidential discussion on 04 894 0908 or email

Applications for this role close on Sunday 27th of May

The Ministry for Primary Industries is a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone's differences are valued and respected. We welcome enquires from everyone and value diversity in the workplace and we are willing to consider flexible working arrangements. MPI is an employer of choice. 

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