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Veterinary Reliever

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Job Description

  • Are you motivated by variety?
  • Are you flexible in your outlook?
  • Do you have a strong drive for getting things done and self-directed learning within a supportive team environment?


The Team Manager Establishment for Invercargill South is looking for a Veterinary Reliever to join the team.


The job:

You will be based in the Verification Services Invercargill South Establishment Team. There are five processing plants covering beef, sheep, venison and bobby calf processing. These include the Alliance Lorneville plant, where the Triple O way of working has been implemented. We have a vibrant team made up of great people with a mixture of age groups and experience. They are excited to meet their new team member and welcome them into the fold!


The purpose of this position is to undertake verification activities in line with current legislation and organisational requirements, thereby permitting the issue of official assurances.



Invercargill is Southlands largest urban centre and offers a relaxed pace of life full of elegant Victorian and Edwardian buildings, gardens and landscaped parks. The southland region is renowned for their famous Bluff Oysters and the beautiful Fiordland National Park, home to snow-capped mountains and fjords. If you love the outdoors, you will enjoy visiting Stewart Island, it's a haven for native bird wildlife, rugged coastlines and nature walks.


If any of the above apply to you or you are interested in a change of direction or location then we have a great opportunity on offer that will allow you to experience the beautiful South of New Zealand whilst focusing on your personal growth and career development.


About the Group and the Team: 

Reporting to the Team Manager Establishment Invercargill South, the role sits within the Establishment group of the Verification Services directorate. MPI Verification Services (MPI VS) provides a range of food safety and biosecurity verification and certification services to support market access strategies and setting standards.



Key Skills / Educational Requirements

  • A Qualified and registered Veterinarian
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices associated with HACCP, Quality Assurance systems, Risk Management Systems
  • Verbal and written skills, verbal and analytical reasoning skills
  • Integrity and trust, ethics and values, resilience, adaptability and openness
  • Persuading and influencing, team work, planning and organising
  • Computer literacy – can operate standard and customised software to an acceptable standard e.g. word-processing, excel, internet, email, database, secure sites, electronic certification, residues etc
  • An understanding of basic food technology


To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae) please “APPLY NOW” in order 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, you may contact Melissa Heaney, Recruitment Advisor for a confidential discussion at

Please note, given this position is safety sensitive the preferred applicant/s for the position will be required to undergo a drug and alcohol pre-employment screening test. Further information on this process can be found on our careers site under the application process, on pre-employment checks.

In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be immediately available for an interview within New Zealand or via Skype and be eligible to work in New Zealand.



Applications for this role will not be accepted after Sunday 10 June 2018.


The Ministry for Primary Industries is a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone's differences are valued and respected. We welcome enquires from everyone and value diversity in the workplace and we are willing to consider flexible working arrangements. MPI is an employer of choice. 

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