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Manager Biosecurity Intelligence Team

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Job Description

Are you looking to make a difference to things that matter for New Zealand?


New Zealand's economy, environment and way of life rely on effectively protecting the border from pests and diseases.


Keeping track of changes worldwide that continually challenge these protections will be the job of a new team – the Biosecurity Intelligence Team— being established at the Ministry for Primary Industries in Wellington, New Zealand.


Biosecurity intelligence is a specialised field focused on integrating science with the analysis of human behaviour – economic, political, and environmental – that impacts the spread of pests and diseases. The Ministry for Primary Industries is increasing its intelligence capability to better target biosecurity risk at the border.


The team will have access to new cutting-edge analytical tools, and the opportunity to influence key decisions. We are looking for a creative and resilient manager to lead the team, and to apply their experience in intelligence practice to develop the approach and processes that will drive effective performance. A background in biological sciences, environmental science, economics or sociology would enable you to provide the thought-leadership we expect you to deliver.


Security Clearance

Security clearance to the level of TOP SECRET is required for this position. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain this clearance.  More information about security clearances can be found at here 


Benefits of Working at MPI include:

  • Three additional annual leave days
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the Operations branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Health insurance reduced premiums
  • Social club
  • Full induction


Salary range is $94,288 to $129,647 depending on skills and experience.


About the Organisation:

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.

We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture. We are fair in our behaviour and our policies promote equal opportunity for all. We provide numerous training programmes and opportunities for people to continuously improve their skill sets and keep up to date with global best practices.


To see more of who MPI is and the work that we do click here.


How to Apply:

To view the position description and/or apply for the role please click “APPLY NOW” to be directed to our website.  For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.  


If you have any questions about the role, contact Bronwynne Kwok at


Applications close on Sunday 27  May 2018.


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.



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