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Principal Adviser, Employment Relations

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Job Category:
Human resources, recruitment & training
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

  • Provide strategic employment relations guidance to the business
  • Be part of a large HR team
  • Permanent role with a leading government agency

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is seeking a full-time permanent Principal Adviser, Employment Relations based in Wellington.

The Principal Adviser, Employment Relations is the subject matter expert responsible for providing advice and guidance on employment relations (ER) matters to the Ministry. 

This role will develop and manage the key strategies ensuring they align to the Ministry's values and culture. This is an exciting role for an ER champion to work across a range of work streams such as collective bargaining, development of ER strategy, contract management and being the in-house ER expert. 

We are looking for someone with a strong background in dealing with complex ER issues, who is a star influencer and has the ability to negotiate at a senior level. You will have extensive knowledge and experience in understanding and applying employment legislation, working with unions and have the ability to build positive working relationships.  Having a practicing certificate is a bonus.

Maintaining relationships with key stakeholders will be an important aspect of this role. You will foster a strong working relationship by building trust and credibility with the unions so that any issues are dealt with fairly.

How to apply:

Applications close 30 January 2020, 12pm. 

You must be a NZ Citizen and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate New Zealand Government Security Clearance.

To apply for this role and view a position description, please visit our vacancies page at and submit your CV and cover letter and complete a MFAT job application form prior to the closing date, quoting the position title and job reference #2019-162.

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