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Principal Advisor - Food & Regulatory Policy

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Policy & analysis
Wellington City
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Job Description

  • Did you know that the primary sector employs one in seven New Zealanders and one in three in some regions?
  • Are you interested in working to ensure the primary sector can attract, train and retain the talented workforce it needs for the future?
  • Do you enjoy a role with variety?
  • MPI supports a range of flexible working options

 About the team

 Our Skills and Regulatory Stewardship team sits within the Policy and Trade branch of MPI. Our team has the following key focusses:

  • Leading the development and delivery of a work programme to build the capability and capacity of the primary sector workforce
  • Ensuring regulatory processes across MPI are of sound quality and meet government requirements and expectations
  • Supporting the development of policy advisors within MPI and improving the quality of policy advice

About the role

We are currently looking for a Principal Advisor to join our team on a fixed term basis until 30 October 2019. Ideally, we are looking for someone with experience in education or employment policy to help us build the skilled primary industry workforce New Zealand needs for the future.

As an experienced thought-leader, you will develop and promote innovative and effective ideas to enhance the capability and capacity of the primary sector workforce. You will provide support to policy staff through coaching and peer review and lead inter-agency and cross agency engagement. You will be collaborative in style and have the ability to approach people, build relationships and work through others to get to where you and the team need to quickly.

Why and how to apply

This is a role with real variety and a range of activities to keep you busy and stimulated. Our team has a developing work programme and room to really add value across our branch, the Ministry and the broader public sector.

Find out more about policy at MPI

MPI is focussed on career pathways and developing our staff so if you are a policy professional looking for a role with variety, challenge and the opportunity to advance your career we would love to hear from you.

See the benefits of working at MPI

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click on “APPLY NOW” in order to be directed to our website.

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


Applications close: Wednesday 21st 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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