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Project Manager, High Throughput Laboratory

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Wellington - Upper Hutt
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Job Description

  • Are you a top notch project manager looking for your next growth opportunity within New Zealand's main centre for diagnostic response to exotic veterinary disease?
  • Do you want to join our expert laboratory team and broaden your experience with this new initiative project
  • Come and work Full-time hours at our Animal Health Laboratory in Wellington – Upper Hutt
  • Fixed term position until 2022


We are looking for an experienced Laboratory Project Manager to join the Ministry for Primary Industries in a fixed term role within the Animal Health Laboratory and the Immunology Team. 


About the role:

  • A new position that will involve you in purposefully designing and managing a project to embed a high throughput diagnostic capability within the AHL Wallaceville
  • You will work closely with the TM Immunology and associated team, other key AHL personnel and stakeholders to deliver a workable and sustainable solution to our requirement for automated high volume work at times of surge diagnostics, such as exotic disease responses and surveillance projects.
  • You will need to have excellent communication and relationship management skills to work with a wide range stakeholders to achieve your goals
  • You will be involved in designing the capability within our new purpose built National Biocontainment Laboratory
  • By the end of the project in 2022 you will have successfully integrated and implemented high throughput serology and molecular diagnostic capability


Are you passionate about protecting our environment and community? Do you want to create a legacy of enhanced diagnostic capability?


MPI will soon complete the most advanced bio-containment laboratory in New Zealand to protect our environment from foreign infectious diseases and high throughput capability will become a key component within our portfolio of laboratory commitments


This position will give you exposure to a wide range of leading local and international experts and exposure to high end laboratory technology.


Key Skills / Educational Requirements

Bring your experience in working in complex project environments, skills in stakeholder management and knowledge of laboratory systems to this highly rewarding working environment.

  • A minimum of tertiary qualification combined with successful technical experience over a number of years
  • Knowledge and experience of delivering science based projects to completion
  • Skilled use of Microsoft Office and experience with Laboratory Management software
  • An understanding of how a diagnostic laboratory is managed
  • Successful experience in a role requiring initiative, attention to detail, excellent communication
  • Initiative and ability to anticipate events and take action accordingly
  • Oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate technical information effectively
  • Experience managing stakeholder relationships and organising related events.
  • Successful experience working within budget and to agreed timeframes
  • Self-starting and able to sustain momentum
  • The successful applicant must be able to obtain a ‘Confidential security clearance. Please visit for more information.


About the Business Unit and Team: 

The Biosecurity NZ Business Unit 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, any biosecurity incursions that may occur.

The Diagnostics and Surveillance Services Directorate, in which this position will be based, is accountable for managing the surveillance and investigation of notifications of suspected exotic pests and diseases that may affect New Zealand's primary industries or aquatic and terrestrial environments.  The directorate minimises the impact on our economy, environment and social and cultural values from harmful organisms that have or may establish in New Zealand.

The Animal Health Laboratory within the DSS Directorate provides accurate, reliable and valuable information that meets high standards of quality and scientific validity.  The laboratory is the country's main centre for diagnostic response to exotic veterinary disease and maintains and improves its preparedness for biosecurity emergencies.  We have capability in the detection and identification of a range of veterinary pathogens including terrestrial and aquatic species.


How to Apply

To view the position description and/or apply for the role please click “APPLY FOR THIS JOB” 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


Applications close Sunday 25th August 2019


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 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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