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Manager International Standards Organisations

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Job Description

  • A key trade policy role affecting all New Zealand's primary sectors
  • Coordinate the development of New Zealand's strategy relating to the development of international standards for New Zealand primary sector trade.  
  • Be responsible for MPI's input into the bilateral relationship with Australia including the Trans-Tasman food system, the Agricultural Ministers forum (AGMIN) and other bodies.
  • Exciting new Management opportunity within our Policy & Trade branch

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 passionate people in a variety of roles both on the ground and in the office supporting us to make this happen.

About the team

The international standards team coordinates New Zealand's engagement with, and strategies for, the international standards-setting bodies that are critical to New Zealand's agriculture trade interests. The team also has responsibility for overarching coordination of New Zealand's formal primary sector relationship with Australia.   

About the role

The Manager, International Standards, is a key strategic position. Responsible for managing 9 direct reports, the manager will take a long-term view of New Zealand's key objectives in relevant international forums, and deploy resources effectively to achieve those objectives. As many parts of MPI retain an interest in these organisations, the successful candidate will be able to work well across MPI, and the wide New Zealand Government as appropriate, ensuring “NZInc” coherence.

As a member of the leadership team of international policy, the successful candidate will also drive staff development and performance, and contribute to wider directorate policy programmes, including in trade, economic and environment policy.

The role also leads MPI input into the Australian bilateral relationship, including MPI's engagement with its counterpart organisation/s; the Agricultural Ministers forum; and related bodies to ensure that New Zealand effectively uses resources in this area to pursue MPI objectives.

To be successful in this role, you will have

  • Strong relationship management skills
  • The ability to draw connections between technical and political/international developments
  • Strategic vision over a ten to twenty year horizon, and the ability to drive work programmes that enable the long term performance of New Zealand's primary sectors
  • Experience in managing staff, administrative, financial and personnel systems and processes, and in developing and implementing support systems within government organisations
  • Experience in staff management and development
  • Knowledge of strategic and business planning processes
  • Experience in analysing technical issues and making business decisions with financial impact
  • Significant experience in public policy development, consultation and administration preferably in a science-based area
  • Knowledge of the multilateral trading system under the World Trade Organisation – a working knowledge of the Agreement on the application of sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS agreement), good understanding of the Biosecurity Act 1993 and other similar legislation
  • Project Management skills, including experience in leading projects and achieving effective outcomes in situations where there are diverse interests
  • Proven negotiation skills
  • Communications and presentation skills

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How / why to apply?

Our work stretches all the way from the Beehive to the border. If you want a career in a supportive and hard-working team 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 this is the first step in your career with us and we will help you grow.

See the benefits of working at MPI

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

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

Applications close: 23rd August 2019

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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