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Senior Business Partner

Ministry for Primary Industries
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IT & computing
Wellington City
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Senior Business Partner - Business Technology & Information Services 

  • Are you considered to be a people person, empathetic, resilient in nature?
  • Do you seek to delight the customer?
  • Can you switch between tactical and strategic contexts?
  • Have exceptional relationship management skills?


The Senior Business Partner (SBP) within Business Technology & Information Services (BT&IS) has the overall responsibility to serve as the interface with an assigned portfolio area for the purpose of understanding their priorities, supporting their strategy, facilitating solution discovery, and relationship management. The SBP is proactive and anticipatory in their thinking. They are, by nature, driven and provide significant value to their portfolio.

The SBP will communicate decisions, priorities and relevant project information to appropriate levels of staff regarding portfolio requests, projects and initiatives. They proactively share knowledge of risks and opportunities to improve efficiency and effectiveness of their portfolio. Partnering with business leadership and other key stakeholders to define opportunities and identify and prioritise initiatives.

Key responsibilities

  • Establish, develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders.
  • Serve as a trusted advisor and is the bridge between the portfolio and BT&IS.
  • Be proactive and anticipatory in business needs in an effort to provide significant value to portfolio.
  • Own the voice of the customer and work across portfolios to help identify common needs and goals
  • Provides advice and guidance to key business stakeholders and works with them to understand the portfolio priorities and how they relate to the overall strategic direction of MPI.
  • Promote services, capabilities and provides support in delivering digital products that meet the needs of the business.
  • Facilitate the investment process and the high level planning and execution of business initiatives.
  • Assist with articulating and defining businesses process improvements that need a digital solution
  • Contribute to the co-ordination and development of business cases, project briefs, project initiation document (PID) and work packages, coordinating the approval process within BTIS and ensuring all relevant teams have been fully consulted.



  • Solid knowledge of business engagement in IT
  • Experience with managing team(s) responsible in strategic planning, business development or client management and working with a broad range of diverse and complicated business units.
  • Strong business acumen and a track record of successfully engaging with senior level management, business owners and executives
  • Demonstrated capability to deliver high quality strategic business and technology planning artefacts that seamlessly integrate business demand and IT supply.
  • A proven track record in managing the delivery of business solutions in a service orientated organisation and a demonstrable commitment to excellent customer service
  • Expertise in bringing people with opposing views together, and steering debates towards pragmatic solutions and a win: win outcome, applied at the most senior levels of the organisation



  • Expertise in bringing people with opposing views together, and steering debates towards pragmatic solutions and a win: win outcome, applied at the most senior levels of the organisation
  • Ability to quickly acquire a deep understanding of the nuances of the business, to time engagement right, influence thinking and communicate complex and technical concepts to different audiences.
  • A flexible approach and responsiveness to new ideas and activities, demonstrated by willingness to take on new challenges, roles and responsibilities.
  • Ability to apply abstract concepts in innovative ways to solve business and technology problems
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills


How / why to apply?

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 then this is it. Our team is collegial, supportive and hard working. MPI has a focus on career pathways so this is the first step in your career with us and we will help you grow.

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If you have any questions about the role, please contact Ruth Greening, Recruitment Adviser on

Applications close: Wednesday 26 September 2018


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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