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Principal Adviser Government Health & Safety

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Workplace Health and Safety
Wellington City
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Job Description

  • Lead and support Government Health & Safety Lead initiatives and projects
  • Engage across member agencies building strong relationships and working collaboratively
  • Support the Director with the strategic direction by contributing to the strategy, priorities and work planning


About MPI:

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 dedicated people in a variety of roles supporting us to make this happen. Our overall ambition is for New Zealand to be the most trusted source of high value natural products in the world. Join us to help this ambition become a reality.

To find out more about the Ministry and what we do please click here


About our Team:

The Government Health and Safety Lead (GHSL) provides practical support to chief executives and senior leaders of government agencies to enable their personal leadership of health and safety for the benefit of all New Zealanders. We work with 37 public service and other government agencies to support sharing of proactive and joined up resources, strengthen system capability and build cross-system relationships.


About the Role:

The Principal Adviser is responsible for leading or supporting Government Health and Safety Lead initiatives and projects such as the development of health and safety resources for the government sector.

You will be the subject matter expert on Health & Safety matters managing large sector initiatives, using project management disciplines including project planning, stakeholder engagement and change management.

You will capturing data on performance and maturity of the sector and reporting back on your findings whilst also developing and maintaining relationships with key partners such as agency Health & Safety Leads and industry influencers, there will be a high level of consultation involved in the position.


Skills and Experience:

The successful candidate will have previous experience in developing sector Health and Safety guidance material, preferably across the public sector. You will need to be efficient at building relationships with key stakeholders and working closely with people across different areas.

You will also be skilled in research and application of good Health and Safety practices, guiding and mentoring junior staff in delivering work streams and have great written and verbal communication skills.

To succeed in this position, you will need to demonstrate:

  • Relevant Health & Safety qualifications and professional membership
  • Experience collaborating and consulting with multiple government departments on mechanisms to improve Health and Safety outcomes
  • Strong relationship building, communication and management skills
  • Experience collating, interpreting and presenting data
  • Knowledge of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015


Benefits of working at MPI:

By joining MPI's well-regarded and effective team of communications professionals, you'll create and deliver innovative communications strategies and plans on issues and projects that matter.

In return, we can offer you an energetic and positive team environment, where no two days are the same.

If you want to be part of an organisation that is all about growing and protecting New Zealand please apply!

See the benefits of working at MPI


How to Apply:

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. 

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

Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand.

Applications close: Sunday 21st July 2019



The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.

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