Team Leader, Biosecurity Intelligence Team Ministry for Primary Industries - Wellington

Closing Date: February 20, 2022

Location: Wellington

Contract: Permanent – full time

Salary: $92,000 – $124,000 dependent on experience


Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

We are looking for a talented leader to guide and support the development of a team of highly effective intelligence professionals based in Wellington. The Biosecurity Intelligence team is comprised of innovative scientists, social scientists, intelligence analysts and data scientists. Team members work collaboratively, drawing on each of these disciplines to provide robust, threat intelligence. Together with other teams in the Intelligence Group, the BSI team also contribute to the National Security System.

As one of two team leaders within the wider team you will be responsible for leading and coordinating teams developing a forecasting and early warning system for Biosecurity New Zealand.

You will be a key team member who will work closely with the other Team Leader, the Lead Intelligence Analyst, and the overall Team Manager to set the BSI team direction and work programme. You will work closely with the analysts and data scientists to shape and deliver strategic and operational scientific threat intelligence, while engaging across MPI to ensure that the intelligence produced is actionable, fit for purpose and client focussed.

If you are innovative, creative, comfortable with ambiguity, appreciative of a positive and supportive working culture, and enjoy pushing doctrinal boundaries, then come and join one of the most exciting and forward-thinking teams within MPI. We look forward to receiving your application.

Mōu – About You

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience managing analytical staff
  • Experience in developing and managing positive relationships with internal and external partners and stakeholders
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary and inter-agency environments with a proven track record of contributing to high quality outcomes for decision makers
  • Awareness of the Treaty of Waitangi and its principles, and a growing understanding of its relevance to New Zealand and to MPI

Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua – About MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries is helping to seize export opportunities for our primary industries, improve sector productivity, ensure the food we produce is safe, increase sustainable resource use, and protect New Zealand from biological risk.

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

  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees 
  • Reduced premiums for Group Healthcare Schemes
  • Flexible working. We support work life balance and flexible work arrangements whenever possible.

See the benefits of working at MPI

Ngā Taki Whakahaumaru – Security checks

This role requires a Top Secret Special clearance. You will need to meet the following Security Clearance requirements:

  •  Have resided and worked continuously in New Zealand or one of the following Five-Eyes countries for the last 15 years (Top Secret Special): Australia, Canada, UK or USA.

 You can find out if you or someone else might be eligible by using the self-check tool on the Protective Security Requirements (PSR) website.

Me pēhea te tuku tono – How to Apply

To find out more about the Ministry and what we do please click here

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click “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 – click here to find out more about work visa eligibility and options.

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

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Tamzyn Luafalealo, Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor on 04- 894 0718 or

The closing date is 20th February 2022


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.