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Target Evaluator

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Job Description

  • Be a part of protecting New Zealand's Biosecurity & Food Imports
  • Based in Auckland or Christchurch
  • Career Opportunities


Broaden your experience at the sharp end of the cargo clearance process. You'll provide the first level of protection for Frontline Biosecurity and Food Safety Clearance. This is a fast moving, busy environment where no two days are the same!


About the Organisation and Branch

MPI's purpose is to grow and protect New Zealand. MPI is helping maximise export opportunities for our primary industries, improve sector productivity, ensure the food we produce is safe, increase sustainable resource use, and protect New Zealand from biological risk. We employ over 2,200 staff in 70 locations both here and overseas.


The Operations Branch has a critical role in preventing harmful organisms crossing New Zealand's borders. It manages border and compliance activities as well as preparing for and responding to biosecurity threats within New Zealand. In addition to screening cargo consignments for biosecurity risk, the target evaluation team also screen cargo applications for food safety purposes.


About the Role:

Target Evaluators provide the first level of protection for Frontline Biosecurity Border and Food Safety Clearance in New Zealand by making an initial assessment of risk. You'll identify consignments of interest and make the initial assessment of risk and then direct appropriate responses.

You'll contribute to the development of risk profiles that allow more effective risk interventions. You'll interact with the public and industry through the public counters and phones.

You can expect to be involved in a range of activities including:

  • Screen air and sea cargo documentation for biosecurity risk goods and food safety
  • Create appropriate biosecurity and food directions and apply appropriate verification
  • Complete specialist application processing for high value cargo
  • Answer queries both written and verbal from stakeholders, public and other areas of MPI


 Hours of Work:

This role may require you to work rostered duty periods to provide around the clock coverage (we operate a 24 hour screening service). 


Skills and Experience:   

You will offer a range of skills including:

  • Able to make quick decisions
  • Be a quick learner
  • Comfort working on you own as well as part of a high performing team
  • Strong customer focus
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong analytical skills – this role is all about risk assessment
  • Strong systems and Microsoft suite ability - some experience with QuanCargo and EBACCA would be beneficial
  • Be a team player


Benefits of working at MPI include:

Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days

  • Focus on career development
  • Internal opportunities across the Operations branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Reduced premiums for health insurance
  • Comprehensive one week MPI Induction Programme


See the benefits of working at MPI


Salary range for this role is $52k to $68k depending on skills and experience.


How to Apply:

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.

To view the position description and/or apply for the role 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.

For detailed information on this role please refer to the position description or contact


Please note - Interviews will be taking place mid-January 2019.


Applications close 12 December 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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