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Principal HR Business Partner

Ministry of Social Development
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Human resources, recruitment & training
Canterbury - Christchurch
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Fixed Term Contract
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Job Description

Principal HR Business Partner (South Island) - Fixed Term 12 Months


  • Do you want to add value and make a meaningful difference to the lives of New Zealanders?
  • Are you seeking a great development opportunity that utilises your relationship building skills?
  • Do you have strong strategic HR skills that will contribute to the transformation of the welfare system?


About the Role


We have an exciting opportunity for and experienced HRBP to join out busy team for 12 months. Based in Christchurch, you will be responsible for providing high level, trusted and expert advice and support to Managers within assigned business groups across the South Island.


You will actively contribute to direction setting and achievement of business strategy.  This is a pivotal and influential role and an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to building your business group's capability.


About our team


Human Resources support the Ministry to have the organisation, people and culture to deliver on the Government's outcomes and priorities.  We provide advice and help to develop effective HR strategies and provide a full suite of HR policies, procedures and support to managers and employees.  We are committed on delivering a quality HR service that meets and responds to our customers changing needs.


About MSD


The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is the lead agency for the social sector.  MSD provides policy advice, and delivers social services and assistance to young people, working age people, older people, and families, whānau and communities.  We work directly with New Zealanders of all ages to improve their social wellbeing.


Key responsibilities include:


  • leading substantial HR related initiatives and developing people strategies
  • providing significant thought leadership in the areas of business strategy, workforce strategy, people capability (including leadership) and organisational change
  • communicating HR's strategy and position on issues with credibility and influence
  • being the key link between the HR functions and the business to support the development and implementation of the Ministry's and service line organisational strategies and business plans.
  • regularly travelling to sites across the South Island


Skills and Experience


To be successful in this role, you will need:


  • high level knowledge of human resource practice and relevant employment legislation
  • proven ability in the management of HR issues and provision of HR advice and guidance to senior managers
  • a strong expertise in change management
  • experience in building strategic relationships and being a credible/trusted advisor at a senior leadership level
  • proven experience in developing, implementing and articulating strategic HR and business plans
  • the ability to articulate the contribution of people plans to strategic business objectives and demonstrate how HR activity can add value to the business performance and outcomes
  • sound experience in coaching at senior line manager level.
  • Full Drivesr License Required


If you are a proven, trusted and credible advisor with wide ranging HR experience, we want to hear from you!


How to Apply


To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV and cover letter and complete the online application form.  Note: your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the key accountabilities listed in the position description.  All applications must be made online.  If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact us at


Applications close: 5.00pm Thursday 23rd May

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