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Food Compliance Officer

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua - About MPI

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is 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 this happen! MPI also provides a range of services to ensure New Zealand is protected from biological risk and that the food New Zealand businesses produce is safe and suitable for us all to consume. MPI's services ensure that New Zealand's natural resources are sustainable while enabling the primary sector to innovate and grow the value of its exports. Our overall ambition is for New Zealand to be the most trusted source of high value natural products in the world. Join us to help this ambition become a reality.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) currently has a vacancy for a Food Compliance Officer. This exciting new opportunity is a chance to be part of the growing Food Compliance Services Team at MPI where you can use your unique blend of technical and personal skills to work with stakeholders in a sector crucial to New Zealand's national interests

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the Role

As a Food Compliance Officer, you will be responsible for working with members of the public and the food industry to resolve a range of food sector related issues as well as responding to food incidents and emergencies. Each day will provide variety, as you work both in an office and in the field, dealing with new people every day, while making a difference in ensuring only safe and

The roles may be appointed at Officer or Senior Officer level depending on knowledge and experience.

Mōu - About You

To be successful in this role you will need to:

  • Become warranted as a Food Safety Officer and other applicable warrants of authority e.g. Animal Products Act and Wine Act.
  • Have practical working knowledge of the laws under which investigations and compliance activities operate.
  • Be a self-starter who has the ability to apply system thinking, along with analytical skills, to proactively identify areas of non-compliance.
  • Independently or with other Officers, prepare and present robust court prosecution cases where significant non-compliance is identified.
  • Have the ability to carry out your role in a firm but fair manner.
  • Build and sustain positive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

If you are passionate about food safety and are comfortable in dealing with both industry and the public, we want to hear from you.

Skills & Experience

  • Experience in the food sector and/or food regulation and enforcement would be an advantage.
  • Sound judgement and analytical skills, with particular emphasis on application in a regulatory and compliance environment.
  • Sound relationship management skills.
  • Proven communication and presentation skills.
  • Commitment to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.


  • Tertiary qualifications in food science, environmental/public health or relevant science disciplines and/or equivalent regulatory, compliance and enforcement experience

If you are successful, you will be expected to attend and successfully complete a comprehensive residential training course of up to four weeks. Willingness to travel within New Zealand is required. The role is an enforcement role, requiring maturity and resilience but can provide real satisfaction within a supportive and inclusive workforce.

Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to Apply

In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be immediately available for an interview within New Zealand, must hold a current New Zealand work permit or be a New Zealand resident and hold a New Zealand driver's licence.

You will also be required to successfully complete a Criminal Conviction Check.

Applications should include a copy of your resume and a cover letter detailing:

-  Why you are interested in the role, and

- An overview of how your skills and experience relate to the role.

- Clearly state what location(s) you are interested in


Please note, given this position is safety sensitive the preferred applicant/s for the position will be required to undergo a drug and alcohol pre-employment screening test.  

For further information, please refer to the attached job description or email


Applications close: 30th January 2020


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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