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Travelling Technical Supervisor

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Job Description

  • Do you have a background and tertiary qualification in food technology or science?
  • Are you passionate about protecting New Zealand and growing our export food industry?
  • Do you like variety in your job and the opportunity to work with like-minded colleagues?


New Zealand Food Safety, Verification Services team in the South Island are seeking applicants for the Travelling Technical Supervisor position to join the Invercargill Circuit team. 


About the role - Kōrero mō te tūranga

This role is a great opportunity for an applicant with a science or food technology background to work mainly under the Animal Products Act. As a warranted Animal Products Officer, you will carry out verification activities in accordance with current legislation and overseas market access requirements. This role will have a particular focus on seafood verification which includes a busy export certification workload. You will be based in the Invercargill region and will travel throughout the lower South Island to carry out verification functions.


We are looking for someone who enjoys a fast paced work environment where no two days are the same. Full training is provided to the successful applicant.


About the team - Mō tō mātou rōpū

Reporting to the Team Leader Circuit – Southland, the role sits within the Circuit group of the Verification Services directorate. Verification Services provides a range of food safety and biosecurity verification and certification services to support market access strategies and setting standards. These include:


  • Verification and certification services to manufacturers and other companies (for example, meat, seafood, pharmaceutical, dairy and game) mainly involved in exporting.


Skills & Experience - Ngā Pūkenga me ngā Wheako

  • Must have a relevant food technology or related science degree. 
  • Individuals with experience working in relevant industries preferred.
  • Experience in the food industry particularly in auditing, compliance, quality assurance and HACCP
  • Effective inter-personal and people management skills.
  • Above average planning and organisational skills.  Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines in a dynamic environment.
  • Must have a full driver's license.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills as well as analytical reasoning skills
  • Integrity and trust, ethics and values, resilience, adaptability and openness
  • Persuading and influencing, team work, planning and organising
  • Computer literacy – can operate standard and customised software to an acceptable standard e.g. word-processing, excel, internet, email, database, secure sites, electronic certification, residues etc


About MPI - Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua

The Ministry for Primary Industries' vision is to Grow and Protect New Zealand. We have developed an organisational strategy to ensure we have a clear path to follow that maximises our opportunities.


We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture. We are fair in our behaviour and our policies promote equal opportunity for all. We provide numerous training programmes and opportunities for people to continuously improve their skill sets and keep up to date with global best practices. MPI has a focus on career pathways so this is the first step in your career with us and we will help you grow.


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


How to Apply - Me pēhea te tuku tono

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae) please “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, you may contact Melissa Heaney, Recruitment Advisor for a confidential discussion at


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


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. Further information on this process can be found on our careers site under the application process, on pre-employment checks.


Applications close 31 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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