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National Operations Advisor

Ministry for Primary Industries
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National Operations Advisor x 5 – 2 Year Fixed Term

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) provides a range of services to ensure New Zealand is protected from biological risk, the food New Zealand businesses produce is safe and suitable for us all to consume, and our natural resources are sustainable!

In July 2017, the bacterial infection Mycoplasma Bovis was found in cattle in the Oamaru area of the South Island. With the support of farmers, industry bodies and local communities, MPI is working hard to locate the disease, contain it and eradicate it from New Zealand. 

We have established a new directorate specifically to support M.bovis eradication. The purpose of the directorate is to sustain the intensity of work over a longer term, and allow the response to transition to a core service delivery model that can be managed in a sustainable way. 

The role of National Operations Advisor is to implement the operational activities within the M.Bovis National Action Plan.

As the National Operations Advisor you will be responsible for providing guidance to the field operations staff around New Zealand relating to movement control, surveillance activity coordination, depopulation, farm management and issue resolutions. You will have relevant qualifications or experience in an information and data management role and will be highly skilled in stakeholder management.

Do you have what it takes to be successful in this role?  Can you demonstrate expertise in:

  • Experience within one of the following professional fields; Business intelligence, Digital Library or Information Management
  • Advanced Excel skills
  • Impactful written and oral communication
  • High level external and internal stakeholder management and relationship building skills
  • Effective influencing skills


  • Understanding of the farming sector
  • Working knowledge of the Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS)

At MPI we are open to requests for flexible working on hiring. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need and we will explore what's possible for the role.

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

To arrange a confidential discussion about the role, please contact the M.Bovis recruitment team on

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.

The successful applicant must be able to obtain the relevant security clearance. Please visit for more information.

Applications for this role close on 25 October 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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