ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

Senior Solicitor - Wellington

Are you looking for an opportunity to contribute to the growth and protection of New Zealand's primary industries by providing legal advice within the large and dynamic organisation that is the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

The primary sector is critical to New Zealand's growth and prosperity. There is increasing world demand for safe and sustainable primary products, and New Zealand is well placed to meet this demand by leveraging off its high quality and abundant natural resources. MPI is focused on going global to maximise export opportunities, and leading local to improve sector productivity, increase sustainable resource use, and protect from biological risk. MPI works with primary industries and other government agencies across a range of areas, including agricultural, fisheries, trade, food, and biosecurity issues.

We are looking a Senior Solicitor to join our Commercial & Programmes team. MPI Solicitors are responsible for providing high quality, timely and practical legal advice with a particular focus on all commercial matters. They are expected to develop technical excellence in a variety of areas of primary industries law and confidently assess and manage legal risk.

The Commercial & Programmes team sits within the legal directorate. The team is responsible for all commercial matters including: IT agreements, general procurement/contracting matters, general property work, forestry, fisheries management, health and safety and advice on Crown Maori issues.     Solicitors are expected to work across the Ministry with a varied commercial focus.

More generally the Legal directorate covers a wide range of interesting work including commercial arrangements, operational advice, involvement in responses in food, trade and biosecurity, prosecutions and training.

MPI is committed to recruiting, recognising and creating opportunities for talented people to develop career paths within the organisation and beyond.


  • Relevant tertiary qualification in law and a current practising certificate, or the ability to hold one
  • Minimum of  five years' experience in commercial law
  • Experience in advising on the structure of commercial deals
  • Good attention to detail and drafting skills
  • Ability to make process improvement
  • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships
  • Can-do attitude with proven track record in delivery of legal advice
  • Clear judgement and an ability to recognise and understand the implications of advice
  • Good communication skills.


  • Knowledge of legislation administered  by the Ministry
  • Experience in regulatory development
  • Sound knowledge of public law and Parliamentary and Cabinet processes

To apply for this role you must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it - click here to find out more about work visa eligibility and options.

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.

This role is fixed term until 30 June 2020.

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

Applications close 30th October 2018

MPI is an equal opportunity employer and committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to New Zealand. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career. We actively encourage applications from any background.