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Chief Policy Adviser

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Policy & analysis
Wellington City
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Job Description

  • Shape strategic work programmes so our advice has high impact and is durable.
  • Drive the policy focus and prioritisation across the Branch.
  • Find ways through complex problems and act as a system builder.

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

Our Policy and Trade branch provides strategic thinking, policy advice and analysis, negotiates market access arrangements and oversees international government-to-government relationships to maximise export opportunities across New Zealand's primary sector.  We are a talented and motivated team who focus on sustainable economic growth, resource management, protecting New Zealand from biological risk and engaging on other big issues of interest to New Zealand's primary sector.

About the role

This position is crucial to the success of the Policy & Trade Branch. The Chief Adviser will drive the policy focus and prioritisation for the Branch, ensuring we're putting our energy into the right areas. They will find ways through complex problems and also act as a system builder, developing and driving quality and accountability.

This role will be split between carrying out priority work for the Deputy Director General (DDG) and guiding directorates in the Policy & Trade Branch to shape significant pieces of policy advice. We're looking for someone with highly adaptable strategic and intellectual leadership, and the ability to trouble-shoot. This role will offer you variety and stretch as you steer multiple work streams and work with senior leaders across MPI.

To be successful in this role, you will have;

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Evidence of excellent stakeholder management skills
  • A large work capacity and outstanding organisational skills
  • Ability to identify and prioritise
  • Ability to establish networks across Policy & Trade and MPI
  • Experience navigating the machinery of government
  • The ability to influence across an organisation
  • A background in policy, economics or an equivalent role
  • A passion for primary industries

Working as part of a high performing team you will support the DDG in communicating the direction of the Policy & Trade branch and help measure effectiveness and engagement across the group. You will establish excellent networks across MPI and know how to work within our systems to get things achieved. With integrity and professionalism and a sense of fun make your mark in this influential and challenging role! Apply today!

Find out more about policy at MPI - visit our policy live site

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.

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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: Friday 26th 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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