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Senior Adviser / Adviser Ministerial Services

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Wellington City
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Job Description


Our Ministerial Services team currently have two roles available:

  • One role is permanent and appointment will be made at the Adviser level.
  • One role is fixed-term to June 2019 and appointment will be made at the Senior Adviser or Adviser role, dependent on experience. This role would be ideal for someone with previous ministerial servicing experience look to take the next step in their career.

About MPI

 The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for ‘Growing and Protecting New Zealand'. It's no mean feat and 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 to ensure New Zealand is protected from biological risk and that the food New Zealand businesses produce is safe and suitable for us all to consume. 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.


About our team

 The Ministerial Services team is responsible for management of ministerial correspondence and support within MPI. The team provides a crucial link between MPI and our three Ministers and seven portfolios, ensuring the Ministers are well supported to do their job. The team operates within a fast paced environment, managing over 3,000 items to Ministers each year and working right across MPI and its wide variety of functions.


About the role

 The Adviser/Senior Adviser roles are responsible for managing the process for Ministers Weekly Reports, regular meetings with officials and the Ministry's relationship with Select Committees. The roles are also responsible for supporting the Team Leader in managing the team, the function and leading process improvement initiatives as needed.


 Key requirements for the Adviser role:

  • Previous experience in a ministerial servicing, administration or closely related role.
  • An understanding of the role of ministerial servicing in the machinery of government, and of the relationship between Ministers and the public sector.
  • Ability to function independently and as part of a team.
  • A proven ability to deliver quality material on time.
  • Good knowledge and experience working with standard Microsoft Office software products e.g. Word, Excel.
  • The ability to quickly assimilate new information or areas of work.
  • The ability to work well under pressure and to tight timeframes with a capacity to multi task effectively.
  • Excellent relationship management and networking skills.


In addition to the above, Senior Advisers will be expected to have

  • Previous experience in a ministerial servicing role is a must.
  • Experience in working at senior levels in a team is desirable but not a requirement.
  • Creativity and an eagerness to explore and evaluate new operational delivery practices.


 In return we can offer a supportive and collegial team environment with a strong emphasis on team engagement and career progression balanced alongside interesting and varied work.


 Our work stretches all the way from the Beehive to the border. If you want a career where you help to grow and protect New Zealand in a very real way then this is it. MPI has a focus on career pathways so if this is the first step in your career with us we will help you grow.


To view the position description and apply for the role, please click on “APPLY NOW” in order to be directed to our website. 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 Melissa Heaney, Recruitment Adviser on


Applications close: Tuesday 20 November 2018


MPI is an equal opportunity employer and committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to New Zealand. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career. We actively encourage applications from any background.

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