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Team Leader - Target Evaluation

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Science and Environment
Auckland Airport
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Job Description

Use your leadership capability to lead a team of passionate risk screeners in the risk assessment of food and biosecurity cargo applications.  The Food Imports Team has recently joined the Target Evaluation Team and whilst you are primarily responsible for the food targeting team, you will also ensure staff deliver consistent risk screening in food and biosecurity clearances. 


About the Role


The purpose of this role is to ensure that quality biosecurity and food decisions and interventions are made at NZ's points of entry. You'll be leading and motivation a team to ensure management of biosecurity risk. This includes delivery of training, assessment and support and managing and developing performance.


You'll be expected to be the technical lead and contact for food safety risk assessment and associated processes. You'll be technically competent in the food regulatory requirements, processes, and warranted under both the Biosecurity Act 1993 and Food Act 2014 and any other relevant Act.


You'll also produce effective plans, performance measures and reporting frameworks to support the work of IPCS and the wider Ministry. In addition to leading a team you will be contributing to initiatives that support operational excellence in Target Evaluation.


Skills and Experience


As with all of our L6 leaders, we are particularly interested if you possess the following: 


  • Experience as a high performing manager of staff
  • Experience managing relationships with a range of external customers and clients
  • Knowledge of Food Safety, Operations business and operating environments
  • Strong communication skills
  • A positive, solutions-focused approach to problems and challenges
  • Flexibility in your approach to work 




This role is based at the MPIC AKL centre at the Auckland International Airport.


Benefits of Working at MPI include:


  • Three additional annual leave days
  • Focus on Career development
  • Internal opportunities across the Biosecurity branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Health insurance reduced premiums
  • Social club
  • Awesome one week MPI Induction Programme


Salary range for this role is approx. $70kk to $90k depending on skills and experience. 


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.  For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal. 


 If you have any questions about the role, please contact Kathryn Scrimgeour – Senior Recruitment Advisor, at


 Applications close: Sunday 27 May 2018










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