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Programme Manager, National Milk Surveillance

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Wellington - Upper Hutt
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Programme Manager, National Milk Surveillance – 2 Year Fixed Term

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) provides a range of services to ensure New Zealand is protected from biological risk, the food New Zealand businesses produce is safe and suitable for us all to consume, and our natural resources are sustainable!

In July 2017, the bacterial infection Mycoplasma Bovis was found in cattle in the Oamaru area of the South Island. With the support of farmers, industry bodies and local communities, MPI is working hard to locate the disease, contain it and eradicate it from New Zealand. 

We have established a new directorate specifically to support M.bovis eradication. The purpose of the directorate is to sustain the intensity of work over a longer term, and allow the response to transition to a core service delivery model that can be managed in a sustainable way. 

The role of Programme Manager is to arrange seasonal bulk milk testing programmes, liaise with industry partners and provide regular result reports within the M.Bovis directorate.

As Programme Manager you will be required to interpret and analyse the performance of the programme, providing advice on strategic and technical changes based on the results of the test ensuring that the programme achieves the highest sensitivity possible.

Do you have what it takes to be successful in this role?  Can you demonstrate the following expertise, skills and qualifications?

  • Veterinary undergraduate degree and post graduate qualification in veterinary epidemiology
  • Knowledge of/experience with animal health surveillance system development and/or management
  • Data management and analysis skills
  • Advanced written and oral communication, and presentation skills
  • Facilitation and liaison skills
  • Project planning and management skills
  • Computer literacy particularly in MS suite including Microsoft Excel and Access and statistical packages


  • Knowledge of statistical methodologies

At MPI we are open to requests for flexible working on hiring. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need and we will explore what's possible for the role.

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

To arrange a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Hana Zawodny on or 04 830 1534.

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.

The successful applicant must be able to obtain the relevant security clearance. Please visit for more information.

Applications for this role close on 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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