Director, Verification Services, Ministry for Primary Industries, Wellington, New Zealand

Closing Date: 17 May 2018

• Are you an experienced people leader and Veterinarian who can head up a large business unit vitally important to New Zealand’s economic wellbeing?
• Do you excel at financial and stakeholder management?
• Do you thrive at delivering continuous improvement and high standards?

The Ministry for Primary Industries has an exciting and challenging level three opportunity as Director of Verification Services.

You will be accountable for a significant P&L, a management team of four, a business unit of over 300 nationally spread staff and a diverse variety of stakeholder relationships across primary industry, professional bodies and academic institutions.

As Director you will have significant accountability including a large cost centre, the provision of verification, assurance and related services for processing and export of animal products and food. Additionally, this business unit supports MPIs response capability.

To be successful you will need to demonstrate a wide variety of skills and experience including proven financial / business acumen of a business unit, people leadership including building high performing teams, strategic vision development, change management and operational implementation together with excellent stakeholder management experience.

Key Skills / Educational Requirements:
Essential:
• Relevant tertiary qualification
• Experience in senior management roles
• Extensive and proven financial management skills
• People management and leadership
• Extensive stakeholder management and consultation across a range of internal and external stakeholder groups
• Strong communications experience, including presenting, media engagement and strategic vision
• You must be able to effectively articulate a clear strategic vision to a variety of stakeholders, including customers and staff

Optional:
• Tertiary qualification/s Veterinary, Food Sciences or Biosecurity
• Thorough working knowledge of the delivery of safe and suitable animal and food products
• Extensive knowledge of trade and commerce regarding animal, plant and food products
• Up-to-date knowledge of international food regulatory environment
• 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.

In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be available to interview within New Zealand or via Skype.

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click APPLY NOW via the MPI Careers Site https://careers.mpi.govt.nz/jobs/MPI18-1332077

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 Sean Hill, Senior Adviser, Specialist Sourcing for a confidential discussion at sean.hill@mpi.govt.nz

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