Principal Analyst- Spatial Intelligence

  • Full Time
  • Wellington
  • Applications have closed.

Website Ministry for Primary Industries

Principal Analyst Spatial Intelligence




• Partner across MPI to share your technical expertise and become a trusted adviser

• Apply your expertise towards a sustainable future for all New Zealanders

• Refurbished offices close to the Railway Station


Connect with stakeholders, provide expert advice, impact strategic direction and develop our people in this autonomous role.


About the Role│Kōrero mō te tūranga

The Principal Analyst Spatial Intelligence is a new position, created in response to increasing use of spatial intelligence to support business decisions across the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).  This role is located within Te Uru Rākau and will provide expert advice on the use of spatial analysis to enhance work toward our forestry goals and will provide sound opinion to guide assessment of Forestry Schemes, including the Emissions Trading Scheme and the One Billion Trees Programme. While providing intellectual and technical leadership and being a subject matter expert locally, you will also have the unique opportunity to collaborate across MPI’s diverse business units, including Fisheries, Food Safety and Animal Welfare. You will connect with stakeholders to understand the different business contexts and to partner to help set the strategic direction for the use of geospatial data to assist with decision making.  Your work will help enable our vision toward New Zealand being the most sustainable provider of high-value food and primary products globally.


In addition to supporting the business you will also be helping to develop and grow the spatial intelligence capability of our people, supporting their use of GIS technology, geospatial imagery, data analysis and interpretation and provide opportunities for involvement in spatially related projects.


Core responsibilities for the role:


·         Be the technical expert in spatial intelligence and provide expert advice on the use of spatial analysis to support business needs, manage risk and continuous improvement.

·         Act as subject matter expert for key spatially related projects.

·         Provide intellectual and technical leadership in spatial intelligence.

·         Provide quality assurance capability across a range of business areas.

·         Develop the knowledge and skill of the team.

·         Have an understanding of relevant legislative requirements to help inform risk analysis in support of key business processes.


About You│Mōu

Providing intellectual and technical leadership while understanding what makes our various business units unique to enable the provision of strategic advice that influences decision making requires a unique skill set. Bring your strong relationship management skills, technical knowledge and natural curiosity and help develop our capability and enable the delivery of vital support to New Zealand.


To be successful in this role, you will also offer:

·         10 years’ experience in the GIS field providing technical solutions and advice.

·         Proven ability to utilise GIS technology and methodologies to advance significant organisational objectives.

·         Expert technical knowledge of GIS.

·         Comprehensive knowledge of the ESRI tool set and associated technologies, applications and scripting languages.

·         Proven ability to manage relationships and consultation with an assortment of external stakeholders.

·         Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

·         Strong communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and succinctly.


About MPI│Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has a strength of common purpose and a passion to sustainably grow and to protect Aotearoa, for the benefit of all New Zealanders. It’s no mean feat and we have a team of hard working and dedicated people in a variety of roles supporting us to make this happen. Our overall ambition is for New Zealand to be the most trusted source of high value natural products in the world. We’re working towards sustainability, protection, growth and participation.


About Te Uru Rākau

Forestry is one of our country’s most successful primary industries. Te Uru Rākau a branch within the Ministry for Primary Industries, builds on this success to create a sustainable and innovative forestry sector that continues to grow and adapt.  Join our dynamic and diverse Te Uru Rākau team who all share the common goal of improving the social, environmental and economic outcomes for New Zealand.

To find out more about Te Uru Rākau and what we do please click here.

Benefits of working at MPI│Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Manatū Ahu Matua


·         Refurbished offices close to Railway Station

·         Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days

·         Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation

·         Comprehensive one-week MPI Induction Programme

·         Bi-annual MPI-paid eye test and contribution to the costs of corrective lenses/frames

·         Flexible working


Salary range for this position is $91,162 to midpoint $107,249 depending on skills and experience.


To join a diverse and interesting organisation that offers a wide range of career opportunities click on our link below!


How to Apply│Me pēhea te tuku tono

To view the position description and/or apply for the role please click “APPLY FOR THIS JOB” 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


Applications close 14 November


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.