Administration Assistant

Established in 1990, Midlands supports and encourages the production and export of arable produce to Europe and Southeast Asia.  Midlands is one of New Zealand’s major producers and marketers of hybrid vegetable seeds, pulses, grains, oilseeds and related value-added food products such as cold pressed oils and honey. Innovation is pivotal to Midlands success, which intends to lead the way in the burgeoning Food & Fibre sector.

We are currently seeking a part-time Administration Assistant who will be based with our Research & Development (R&D) team at our West Street office in Ashburton.  This is a permanent part-time role.  Days of work would be – 3 days per week (preference Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday) from 9:00am until 3:00pm some flexibility around days/hours may be required.

What the role will entail:

  • Undertake extensive secretarial and administrative support for R&D Manager.
  • Co-ordinating meetings, travel and appointments.
  • Maintain workplans and reporting schedules for research projects.
  • Compiling and distributing reports to external providers/funders/boards.
  • Supporting document preparation for Seed Import/Export and Department Licenses and QA compliance.
  • Assist in the preparation of funding applications.
  • Assist and support Project Managers as required.

To enable you to be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • The ideal candidate must have an eye for detail and the ability to work to deadlines.  
  • Ability to be flexible with competing demands.
  • A friendly, positive and professional manner with a good sense of humor.
  • Be competent in MS Office 365 Suite and proficient at data entry.
  • Ability to learn new computer software programs.
  • Be confident working autonomously with high level organisational skills.
  • Possess a high level of integrity when dealing with confidential matters.
  • Be comfortable working in a small team.

You will be joining a dynamic, vibrant and fast paced environment.

To register your interest, please click the “apply for this job” button online via Seek -

To discuss the role in confidence, please contact Georgie Wade on 027 406 3990 or email:

All applicants must be New Zealand residents, or hold an appropriate New Zealand work permit in order to be considered for this role, we are unable to endorse any application for Visas.


  • Seed

Position Type

Part Time

Contract Type


Closing date:

03 July 2023

To apply

Email Georgie Wade at