Senior Advisor
Ministry for Primary Industries
Wellington City, NZ
9h ago


Salary band : $92k to $124k depending on skills and experience

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the Role

The Senior Adviser will provide support to the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) in their strategic leadership role across MPI in New Zealand's Animal Health System.

It will be responsible for connecting across MPI Business Units and relevant directorates to understand the Ministry's priorities, needs and projects underway that relate to the Animal Health System.

The role requires an ability to confidently navigate and build collaborative relationships across a large government department (MPI) across the full spectrum of the Animal Health System.

In addition, an understanding of the motivations, drivers, roles and responsibilities of internal and external stakeholders will be vital.

The role requires a Veterinary degree with relevant experience in government departments and excellent communication skills (including writing) and a highly collaborative working style as it must work proactively to connect across all parts of MPI engaged with animal health activities at operational, tactical, and strategic levels.

Mōu - About You

Responsibilities of this position are expected to change over time and the Senior Adviser will need the flexibility to adapt and develop as the environment evolves and will be required to deliver results in the following areas :

  • Communicating CVO collaboration opportunities and outputs of relevance to MPI staff at a variety of levels, to maximise engagement and uptake and to prevent duplication.
  • Participating in or providing advice to relevant projects that are aligned with and linked to CVO work across the Animal Health System.
  • Support the production of high-quality documentation and processes to support CVO work priorities.
  • Where requested, interact with participants outside of MPI in New Zealand's Animal Health System to promote a strong and resilient Animal Health System for New Zealand.
  • Supporting on a case-by-case basis the Office of the Chief Biosecurity Officer (CBO) on relevant animal health issues.
  • Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua - About MPI

    The Ministry for Primary Industries works to safeguard New Zealanders' way of life well in the future. To ensure this, we have a vision where New Zealand is the world's most sustainable provider of high-value food and primary products.

    Our organisational strategy sets the direction we need to take to achieve this vision and ensure the success of the food and primary industries for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

    For more information on our current strategy, see Our Strategy.

    As we deliver on our key outcomes of Prosperity (Tōnuitanga), Sustainability (Kauneke Tauwhiro), Protection (Whakangungu), and Visible Leadership (Ngā Manukura), we work hard to deliver for New Zealand.

    Using our key working styles, we always strive to be open, agile, engaging and proactive.

    Ahurea - Culture

    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

    Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Manatū Ahu Matua : - Benefits of working at MPI

  • 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
  • Parental leave ex-gratia payment
  • Flexible working (e.g. We support work life balance and flexible work arrangements whenever possible or see below)
  • See the benefits of working at MPI

    Wā Mahi Ngāwari - Flexible Working

    If you're interested we are open to discussing flexible working options with you. This can take many forms such as (but not limited to) reduced hours, remote working, flexible start and finish times, compressed hours or term-time work.

    Please feel free to talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you need and we will explore what's possible for the role.

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