Principal Adviser
New Zealand Government
Wellington, New Zealand
6d ago
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Can you think strategically and lead ambitious work programmes? Are you ready to hit the ground running and work fast to achieve results for the horticulture sector?

Do you enjoy building relationships and influencing people? Join MPI's Horticulture Sector Policy team to help enable the sustainable growth of New Zealand's plant based industries including fruit, vegetables, wine and honey.

Refurbished offices close to the Railway Station and flexible work options. Develop your horticulture expertise at this exciting time of growth and opportunity for our plant based industries.

Work in a team of smart, confident and passionate people who like a challenge! About MPI The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for enhancing New Zealand's food and fibre sectors, safeguarding our resources and animal welfare, and securing market access for our products.

Our work is essential to building and maintaining New Zealand's reputation as a producer of safe and high quality food and other primary products.

Within the Agriculture, Marine and Plant Policy Directorate of Policy and Trade branch, the Horticulture Sector Policy team works on economic, consumer market, and cross-

sector strategic issues to support MPI's goal of sustainably growing the value of New Zealand's primary sector exports. About our team and the role The Horticulture Sector Policy team is growing and looking for an ambitious and experienced Principal Adviser.

The kinds of questions you might grapple with include : How can we use examples of best practice industry structures and on-

the-ground practices to encourage the sustainable growth of New Zealand's fruit, wine, vegetable, arable and honey industries?

How can we influence policy outcomes to achieve the right balance between protecting New Zealand and pursuing sustainable growth of the horticulture sector?

Are any changes needed to improve the efficiency and integrity of horticulture legislation? How can we ensure the continued supply of affordable fruit and vegetables for New Zealanders, while also growing exports?

What are the next billion dollar horticulture industries? Who we are looking for We need an experienced Principal Adviser who is able to contribute to our work on complex strategic policy issues through a combination of innovative thinking and the proactive pursuit of opportunities to influence people and deliver results.

  • To be successful in this role you will need : The ability to identify, articulate and clearly communicate core elements of an issue or proposal;
  • A strategic perspective and ability to make creative and informed connections between commercial, environmental and social issues;
  • Experience and confidence in engaging with senior leaders, ministers and external stakeholders (including industry, iwi and other government departments);
  • A fast pace and drive to go above and beyond to achieve results; Excellent written and verbal communication skills and an ability to provide clear context and guidance to junior staff;
  • Experience in developing and leading work programmes, building organisational and stakeholder support for your work, and perseverance in the face of ambiguity, constraints and challenges;
  • Understanding of government policy processes and ideally understanding of the primary industries; Commercial business acumen and a passion to contribute to the sustainable growth of New Zealand's horticulture sector.

    Culture We encourage a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workplace where difference is championed and we are an employer of choice because of it.

    We recruit, grow and retain talented, engaged and motivated employees who actively contribute towards an environment where everyone feels welcome and valued.

    Benefits of working at MPI include Refurbished offices close to Railway Station Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days Options for flexible working Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation Parental leave ex-

    gratia payment Wellness benefit for employees Bi-annual MPI-paid eye test and contribution to the costs of corrective lenses / frames An active social club and constant bake sales! See the benefits of working at MPI 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 in order to be directed to our website.

    If you have any questions about the role, please contact Katrina Minx, Senior Recruitment Adviser on (04) 831 4908 or . Applications close Wednesday 23rd October 2019 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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