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Manager, Forestry Policy

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Job Description

  • Are you an experienced policy manager or experienced senior policy analyst looking for the next step in your career?
  • Have you got a good understanding of policy and a desire to lead and shape a new team?
  • Would you like to take the opportunity to work on a priority work programme?

About MPI

MPI for 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 it happen.

The Policy & Trade Branch provides strategic thinking, policy advice and analysis, negotiates market access arrangements and oversees international government-to-government relationships, to maximise export opportunities across New Zealand's primary sector and inform decisions.  

About the team

Forestry policy is a new team in the Policy and Trade branch established to help lead the emerging strategic policy direction for forestry and wood processing to support a sustainable low emissions future for New Zealand and contribute to the Government's social, economic and environmental outcomes. It has a particular focus on advice on the effective design and implementation of policy for wood processing. The team works closely with the One Billion Trees policy team and Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand), and supports the Forestry Ministerial Advisory Group.

About the role

The Forestry Policy Manager will manage a team of highly capable analysts to deliver high quality advice, and contribute to the leadership of the Data, Insights and Forestry Directorate.  The role will also involve building and maintaining relationships across MPI, engaging with Ministers and senior leaders and communicating with key stakeholders. 

About you

You will be an enthusiastic and motivated individual who brings excellent initiative and judgement to the role. Your skills and experience will include:

  • sound policy experience and the ability to deliver high quality policy work in a fast-paced environment
  • an aptitude for working with ambiguity, translating policy objectives into practical, actionable steps and following through
  • excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • the ability to present information and ideas effectively and engagingly to a wide range of audiences
  • an excellent ability to build and maintain relationships, both internally and externally.
  • the ability to motivate and lead a team, and develop talent

In return, you will be part of a supportive and inclusive leadership team and enjoy support and opportunities to develop your career. A range of flexible working options will be considered for this role.

Seize this opportunity to strengthen your deliberate approach to people leadership and enjoy a real breadth of work. 

Find out more about policy at MPI - visit our policy live site

How / why to apply?

Our work stretches all the way from the Beehive to the border. If you want a career in a supportive and hard-working team where you help to grow and protect New Zealand in a very real way then this is it. MPI has a focus on career pathways so this is the first step in your career with us and we will help you grow.

See the benefits of working at MPI

To view the position description and apply for the role, please click on “APPLY NOW” in order to be directed to our website.

If you have any questions about this role, please contact Katrina Minx, Senior Recruitment Advisor on 04 831 4908 or

Applications close: 24th July 2019

The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.

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