Recovery from the impact of COVID 19, and the growth of New Zealand's economy depends upon the success of our primary sector.
With over 3,000 staff the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is helping to support primary sector development by seizing export opportunities, improving sector productivity, ensuring the food we produce is safe, increasing sustainable resource use and protecting New Zealand from biological risk.
This Wellington based role is one of the largest second-tier policy leadership roles in New Zealand, overseeing a branch with around 350 staff, and responsibility for a large suite of legislation and regulations.
The role involves thought leadership and influence across the ministry, government and the primary industries. It also encompasses leadership of MPI's involvement in international trade policy and standard setting, and the negotiation of market access for New Zealand's primary products and food.
The Policy & Trade branch provides policy services on behalf of MPI's business units, and leads thinking within MPI on the sustainable use of resources, economic and market intelligence, and the branch engages on a wide range of key issues of interest to New Zealand's primary sector.
As the successful appointee, you will be a key enabler across the Ministry. You will lead high level engagement and collaboration across government and industry.
To be credible in this role, you will offer :
including senior level understanding of Te Tiriti O Waitangi obligations
Including Iwi Māori and other international indigenous leaders
We will consider leaders from within the public policy and trade leadership sphere, or from relevant leadership roles within the private sector, ideally with connectivity to the primary industry.
We have a critical part to play supporting New Zealand's largest export sector, and central to this is ensuring the agricultural policies and regulatory settings of the day support this sustainable growth, benefitting all New Zealanders.
For a confidential discussion, please contact Meredith Edwards, Manager Recruitment and Sourcing on 04 830 1526 or E-mail - Meredith.Edwards mpi.govt.nz.
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