Programme Advisor / Senior Programme Adviser | Wellington City

Programme Advisor / Senior Programme Adviser

Posted on 13-Mar-2017
Application Close Date: 26-Mar-2017
Wellington City
Project Managers/Project Support
Position Type:
Fixed Term FT
Job Reference:

In the Strategy Directorate we don’t do ‘business as usual’


Our Portfolio & Project Services (PPS) team has a fresh opportunity for a Programme Advisor or Senior Programme Advisor to join our fast developing team.


Read on if:

  • you are ready for your next career move
  • want to work across the important changes MPI is delivering to grow and protect our primary industries
  • are interested in either a 6 month fixed term contract or a secondment opportunity


The PPS team manages MPI’s Strategic Portfolio – a group of the most important projects that MPI is focussed on in our role of growing and protecting New Zealand’s primary industries. The team sits within MPI’s Strategy Directorate, the home of the big picture thinking for the organisation.


The core functions of the team are those you expect of a Project Management Office – helping the organisation to choose the right projects that need to be undertaken, and then working with the projects to ensure they’re successful. Where we differ though is that we’re focussed on carving out a portfolio function that best suits MPI, so there is room to innovate and explore to find the best way to support implementation of MPI’s strategic direction.  


The core activity of the team is to:

  • contribute thinking to improve processes and make great investment decisions
  • provide independent oversight and advice to the Senior Leadership Team on MPI’s Strategic Portfolio
  • partner with projects to monitor performance and provide assistance where needed
  • maintain and improve the MPI project methodology and the tools that support it
  • provide a suite of training and coaching services to develop organisational capability in project management


To be successful in this role you will have project, programme and/or portfolio management experience, be customer focused, be capable of working with senior managers and keen to work in an innovative way that will have an impact right across MPI. You’ll also be adept at diagnosing issues and, more importantly, identifying solutions. You will bring a proven ability to work across a broad range of project types and a willingness to muck in and work on high priority initiatives emerging in MPI. This is not a project/programme management role but sound experience of project/programme and/or portfolio methodology is required.


Our ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker with a genuine interest in understanding the bigger picture within which you are operating and making connections that move us forward. A high level of personal motivation and enthusiasm for being a part of MPI is essential.


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.


For detailed information on this role please refer to the position description or contact


Applicants must be must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand.


If you are interested in this opportunity as a Secondment, then please discuss this with you Manager prior to applying.


Applications close 26 March 2017.

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