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Principal Adviser Data Transformation

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Data analytics
Wellington City
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Job Description


Now is an exciting time to join Fisheries New Zealand.  We're delivering transformational change that will modernise commercial fishing practices and better support sustainable fisheries.


The Principal Adviser Data Transformation is a brand new role that will enable Fisheries New Zealand and its partners to realise the benefits of the growing availability, quality, and diversity of fisheries data and information.  This role reports to the Director Fisheries Science & Information. 


The role

If you have a proven track record for the delivery of powerful outcomes that have driven organisational change, then this is the role for you.  The Principal Advisor Data Transformation is a change-maker who will lead the design and delivery of innovative data solutions, to strengthen decision-making practices, in this rapidly evolving technical environment. 


We need someone who is well versed in building and maintaining successful relationships.  In this role, you'll get to work with intelligent and passionate people with diverse backgrounds and skill sets across Fisheries New Zealand and MPI, other New Zealand Government agencies, Tangata Whenua, and industry bodies.  In this role, you will represent the Director as appropriate, and will be part of the Fisheries Science & Information Leadership Team. 


The ideal candidate will be a thought leader, who is experienced in providing high quality technical advice and strategic leadership on decision-making excellence.


We embrace diversity and we encourage flexible working arrangements. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need and we will explore what's possible for the role.


The branch

Fisheries New Zealand is a new business unit established within the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to drive a stronger focus on managing New Zealand's valuable fisheries resources, and their place in the wider marine environment.  The Fisheries Science & Information Directorate incorporates Fisheries New Zealand's data management, science and research, and observer services functions. 


To find out more about Fisheries New Zealand and what we do please click here.


To be eligible for this role you must be able to obtain a SECRET level security clearance.  This means you must be a New Zealand citizen or a New Zealand permanent resident, who has resided continuously in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, or the United States for the last ten years.  You must also have a verifiable personal and work history.  Click here for further information.


In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be available to interview within New Zealand or via Skype.


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.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Melissa Heaney, Recruitment Adviser –

Applications close: Thursday 22 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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