Principal Adviser, Animal Health and Welfare

Ministry for Primary Industries

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington

Ma tau rourou, ma taku rourou, ka ora te iwi (with your contribution and my contribution the people will prosper) 

Mō te tūranga - About the role

This role is an ideal opportunity for a professional self-starter to be part of the start of a step change in animal health and welfare, and apply strategic systems thinking to a range of areas.  You'll work closely with the Director to help prioritise and manage a dynamic portfolio that will include some project work, strategic initiatives and proactive management of issues/risks. This will be a critical support role for the Director and the leadership team.

This is a permanent full time position based in Wellington, the remuneration for this role will be paid commensurate to the experience of the successful candidate, and the salary range is from $128K to $173K with a mid-point at $150K.

Ngā Pūkenga me ngā Wheako - Skills and Experience

You'll need to be experienced and comfortable operating in dynamic environments but also a strong linker and people influencer, have good project management and organisational ability and a good understanding of the machinery of government. You'll also need a good first degree and excellent writing skills.

Whilst not needing to be a technical expert in animal health or welfare, you will need to have the ability to quickly grapple with, and understand, technical issues in animal health and welfare and work closely with subject matter experts to distil and use technical information to improve system efficiency.

Mō tō mātou rōpū– About our Team

The Animal Health and Welfare Directorate plays a significant and vital role in both animal health and welfare systems domestically and internationally. Situated in a growing farmer-facing Agriculture and Investment Services Business Unit within MPI, it is undergoing a period of significant growth. 

Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua - About MP 

The 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 passionate people in a variety of roles both on the ground and in the office supporting us to make this happen. 

MPI has a focus on career pathways and we will work with you to help you grow.  To find out more about the Ministry and what we do, please click here

To see the benefits of working at MPI, please click here

If you want a career where you help to grow and protect New Zealand in a very real way then this could be it. Our team is collegial, supportive and hard working. MPI has a focus on career pathways so take this step in your career with us and we will help you develop. 

Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to apply

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click on 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.

For internal candidates please make sure your current manager is aware of your application. 

Applications close Sunday 1 November 2020

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Vivien Smith Senior Recruitment Adviser on\

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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