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Manager | Regional Economic Development

Ministry for Primary Industries
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About MPI

MPI provides policy and regulatory advice, market access and trade services, and manages major regulatory systems of biosecurity, food safety, forestry, fisheries management, and animal welfare. MPI also has strong relationships with other government agencies, primarily within the economic, border, and natural resources sectors. With the New Zealand economy set to grow, MPI's important role in leading, regulating, and enabling the primary sectors will only increase.


Regional Economic Development Directorate (RED)

As part of the Agriculture and Investment Services Business Unit, the Regional Economic Development Directorate works to improve the economic, environmental, and social bottom line for farmers, growers and their families.

We're also working with regions to help them make the most of their competitive advantages – through growth opportunities in the primary sector. This means helping them to attract new investment, create jobs and skills and lift local incomes through agriculture, aquaculture, forestry, fisheries, horticulture and food and fibre processing.


About the Role        

This role will see you leading the implementation of the strategy for the identification, development and implementation of primary sector development initiatives.  You will also manage MPI's programme of work in respect of Regional Economic Development (RED) in Tai Tokerau/Northland which includes, establishing collaborative programmes, identifing opportunities for crossover opportunities to deliver on Government objectives for RED and SLU, and reporting to Ministers and the leadership of MPI.


Within this role, your responsibilities would include:

  • Identifying new strategic initiatives to support the MPI's programme for primary sector economic development.
  • Developing and managing the delivery of a work programme which supports and enables the delivery of MPI's primary sector economic development strategy.
  • Provide leadership in MPI and across government in the context of the implementation of RED initiatives.
  • Providing clear guidance on necessary departmental action, relevant timely and accurate advice to the Minister for Primary Industries, and monitoring and reporting on the effectiveness of the government's priorities and work programme.
  • Managing MPI's programme of work in respect of Regional Economic Development (RED) which includes establishing collaborative programmes and reporting to Ministers and the DDG's group.
  • Leading, developing and contributing to effective team engagement.


Skills and Experience

To be a success in this role you'll be seen a leader with experience influencing at senior level and be great at building and maintaining lasting partnerships at all levels. You will have significant experience working in government with a keen eye for detail which will allow you to understand and get to the heart of a problem quickly, but also provide satisfactory resolutions fast.


We are also looking for:

  • A strong track record of achievement of results.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, motivate, and lead multi-disciplinary initiatives to complete a variety of tasks.
  • Significant management experience. 
  • Previous track record of successful strategic leadership and management, with high level strategic capability and ability to maintain a clear focus on long term goals.
  • Thorough knowledge of strategic and business planning processes. 
  • Experience in technical decision making.
  • Demonstrated experience in making business decisions with financial impacts.
  • Experience working in regional economic development.



MPI is a place where there are diverse opportunities and where there is the ability to create a career in an organisation that supports growth and development. We encourage a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workplace where difference is championed and we're an employer of choice because of it.

We support work life balance and flexible work arrangements whenever possible. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need and we will explore what's possible for the role.

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


Benefits include:

  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Reduced premiums for Group Healthcare Schemes
  • Comprehension one-week MPI Induction Programme

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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” or visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

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.

In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be available to interview within New Zealand or via Skype.

If you have any questions about the role, please email


Applications for this role close on 23 October 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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