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Finance Business Partner- Fixed Term

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Accounting & finance
Wellington City
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Finance Business Partner

We are looking for a Finance Business Partner to join our Finance team in Wellington on a fixed term basis to cover maternity leave until December 2020.


About MPI 

The Ministry for Primary Industries is helping to seize export opportunities for our primary industries, improve sector productivity, ensure the food we produce is safe, increase sustainable resource use, and protect New Zealand from biological risk. 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!

To assist and support MPI's goals, we have a fantastic opportunity in Wellington for someone to join our Finance team within the Finance, Property and Procurement directorate as a Finance Business Partner. You will join a supportive team that take pride in their work and strive for excellence.


About the role 

The Finance Business Partner provides business and financial information and advice that assists in strategic and investment decision making as well as reviewing the inputs into the preparation of external Government budget cycle returns and external financial reporting. The role builds trusted relationships and is a key point of contact for business units for which they are responsible.

You will be responsible for leading the improvement in the internal financial and relevant non-financial reporting for specific business units and also evaluating and advising on proposed budget initiatives and new investments proposals.

You will work closely with the Business Accountants to facilitate a seamless detailed business planning and budgeting process. You will also be required to mentor and coach them to develop talent and build the capability to deliver outcomes.


Skills & Experience

You will have strong analytical, strategic and planning skills as well as being commercially savvy with experience in communicating the “big picture” and being prepared to deliver and analyse the detail.

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the below:

  • The ability to influence others and encourage contributions from people over whom there is no management responsibility
  • Experience in analysing technical issues and making business decisions with financial impact
  • Ability to build and maintain positive stakeholder relationships and effective networks across and within the organisations
  • Proven negotiation skills

 Desired skills/ experience:

  • Knowledge of Government Financial Management legislation, policies and practices.
  • Experience in management reporting within large complex and diverse organisations


How / why to apply? 

Our work stretches all the way from the Beehive to the border. If you want a career where you help New Zealand be the world's most sustainable provider of high-value food and primary products 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.

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. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact


Applications close: Wednesday 28th August 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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