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Principal Adviser (Fixed term or Secondment)

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Policy & analysis
Wellington City
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Job Description

  • Principal Adviser to DDG Forestry New Zealand/Head of Te Uru Rākau
  • Opportunity to showcase your skills and fast track your career
  • Join us at the forefront of the Governments renewed focus on forestry

Guiding and enabling presence required to navigate this high profile and high pressure role. Bring your strong relationship management and stakeholder engagement skills to provide leadership and establish yourself as a high level trusted adviser.

About MPI:

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 dedicated people in a variety of roles supporting us to make this happen. Our overall ambition is for New Zealand to be the most trusted source of high value natural products in the world. Join us to help this ambition become a reality.

 To find out more about the Ministry and what we do please click here.

About the Branch:

Te Uru Rākau is a new branch and branded business unit established within MPI responsible for leading the Government's renewed focus on forestry. Comprising teams with diverse responsibilities spanning operational oversight through to strategic policy implementation we provide the focus and direction needed to strengthen and grow the forestry sector in New Zealand.

About the Role:

The Ministry for Primary Industries is looking for a skilled Principal Adviser to join Te Uru Rākau. Reporting directly to the Head of Te Uru Rākau/Deputy Director General Forestry New Zealand.  You will be a trusted adviser essential to the branch efficiency and a member of the Te Uru Rākau leadership team. You will provide strategic and intellectual leadership in relation to Te Uru Rākau's direction and ensure a high quality advice is provided.

You will provide expert advice on primary sector issues and opportunities relating to Māori and will lead engagements with Ministers, senior officials and external stakeholders.

A core aspect of this role will be working across all the teams in the branch to ensure that briefings, correspondence and presentations are reviewed and timely advice is provided to the DDG on relevant papers and issues before they go to Ministers and the Senior Leadership Team. 

About you:

This is a leadership role in the Ministry and within this branch. Recognised as an expert in your field you will have substantial agency experience involving analysis, engagement and consultation with decision makers. Your ability to conduct gap analysis, provide thought leadership and provide strategic advice, along with risk awareness, will be critical to your successin this role.

You will be highly effective at establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with a wide range of people and able to gain the trust and support of peers and collaborators.

Skills and Experience: 

Key to your success in this role is your stakeholder engagement and relationship management skills. You will be confident dealing with Ministers and leading engagements with Senior Officials and external stakeholders. You will be credible and have the ability draw upon your well-developed network of contacts to progress initiatives and gather information.

Bring your excellent presentation skills and ability to write clearly and succinctly. as well as being able to remain composed and effective when under pressure. You will be committed, tenacious and focussed on achieving.

We are looking for a self-starter who is able to take initiative and work with minimal direction.

 Benefits of working at MPI include:

  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Career development opportunities
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Reduced premiums for Health Insurance
  • Comprehensive one-week MPI Induction Programme

Our work stretches all the way from the Beehive to the border. If you want a career where you help to grow and protect New Zealand in a very real way and are passionate about trees then this is it

This is a fixed term role and potential secondment opportunity.

If you want to become part of a diverse and interesting organisation that offers a wide range of career opportunities and you want to be part of helping NZ to succeed, then click on our link below!

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” in order to be directed to our website. 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 16 December (with interviews being held in January)

MPI is an equal opportunity employer and committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to New Zealand. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career. We actively encourage applications from any background.

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