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Senior Advisor, Health Safety and Wellness

Stats NZ
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Workplace Health and Safety
Wellington - Wellington
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Who we are

At Stats NZ, Tatauranga Aotearoa, we unleash the power of data to change lives. We re doing this by taking the lead on the tools, policy and evolving digital world of data and statistics. We provide insights that help everyone, from government agencies to individual New Zealanders to make decisions that make a difference.  Stats NZ is New Zealand s lead data and statistics agency. We are paving the way for the country s data future, and we re looking for passionate people to help us do this.


The purpose of the role

People are at the heart of everything we do, and we firmly believe that as an organisation, we re only as good as our people, and it s the people who set us apart as NZ s leading data agency. That s why it s vital we create a workplace for all our 1000 plus staff where we support their health safety and wellbeing, so they can perform at their best at work every single day.

We re looking for a passionate and driven Health Safety and Wellbeing (HSW) specialist who shares in this vision to join our busy team.  You ll enjoy the challenge of being in a sole charge role where you can make your mark, influence leaders at the highest level, and make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing culture of our organisation. 


In this role, you ll be providing best practice HSW guidance, practices and systems to Stats NZ, with support from your People and Culture team colleagues.  To do this, you ll be researching, designing, testing and implementing a variety of HSW solutions to meet the need of our varied and diverse from Field Interviewers, Contact Centre staff, to office staff. 

With a great base of health, safety and wellbeing systems and practices already in place, along with active Health, Safety and Wellbeing committees in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland, we will look to you to continue to build on our proactive HSW culture by:

  • Building and maintaining effective relationships with leaders and key stakeholders, to influence positive HSW behaviour and change and truly embed a culture of Health, Safety and Wellbeing at Stats NZ
  • Designing and implementing effective identification and management of HSW risks in a collaborative way
  • Providing expert HSW advice, support and services to the organisation

Person specifications

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A HSW related tertiary degree and/or equivalent work experience
  • Proven experience in HSW theory and practice - enough to provide robust advice and practice in HSW and related legislation; preferably in the public service
  • Proven experience building, managing and delivering results through relationships (internal and external), networking, and connecting across a range of levels and functions
  • Successful relationship and influencing experience and skills, able to relate to all walks of life and create buy-in to embed processes and initiatives
  • Advanced communication skills (both written and verbal), able to professionally present sometimes complex information to a range of audiences through a range of mediums, up to and including Public Service reporting
  • A can-do attitude, great initiative, ability to work un-supervised and still be a team player
  • Proven experience in facilitation of work groups/committees, focus groups and workshops

What s in it for you? 

You ll be joining an inclusive environment in which all people, regardless of gender, race, religion or background can come do their best work. Our goal is to provide our staff with a working environment that provides them with the opportunity to:

  • have challenging, varied and interesting work
  • develop and grow their careers
  • balance life and work, and
  • work in an agile, dynamic and flexible manner. 

We care about our people, and value your drive, energy and inquisitive nature. Bottom line, we are in search of real people that don t believe in the status quo and seek to add value every day.

If you are a passionate and talented person relishes the idea of becoming part of NZ s data ecosystem, then come join our team!


Contact details

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For more information about this role please contact Suzi Paese on cell 021 479 439, or email For more about working for us see,  

Applications close: Sunday 19th January 2020

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