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Principal Legal Advisor: Employment Relations, Wellington

NZ Police
Job Category:
Legal & courts
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Principal Legal Advisor: Employment Relations

New Zealand Police

Police National Headquarters, Wellington

Remuneration range: $125,545.00 – $169,855.00

Job Requisition ID 5143




New Zealand Police has an exciting opportunity for an experienced employment lawyer to take the next step in their career with an organisation with a real sense of purpose. Working as the Principal Legal Advisor in Police's Employment Relations team is an opportunity not to be missed.


Police is one of New Zealand's largest employers, and the employment issues that arise are complex and interesting. The Employment Relations team manages personal grievances, complex employment relationship problems and disputes for Police nationally as well as providing advice on the disciplinary process and employment investigations that are complex or of a serious nature. It provides advice on the interpretation of legislation and employment agreements, often under pressure and at short notice. It will be both challenging, and interesting. Police is also interested in your development both as a part of the organisation and as a member of the wider legal profession. 


As the Principal Legal Advisor you will lead a team of three lawyers in a team that is highly regarded both internally and externally.  You will be part of a supportive and collegial environment working alongside the ER and IR functions of the broader Employment Relations team.


You will work in an organisation that contributes to making New Zealand the safest country, and you will have a significant part to play in Police earning and maintaining the trust and confidence of the public. As the successful applicant you will have a high degree of integrity, and your personal attributes will reflect Police's Values and Code of Conduct.


Skills - you will need to be able to:

  • Demonstrate leadership with your expert employment law knowledge
  • Demonstrate the ability to take a constructive approach to building collaborative relationships internally and externally
  • Manage your own complex personal grievances and disciplinary matters files, and provide timely and reliable advice and support
  • Manage a team with a high case load
  • Provide legal advice as and when required on complex employment issues, including interpretation of collective employment agreements and the Holidays Act
  • Demonstrate the highest level of integrity and professionalism, which still having a sense of fun
  • Be approachable, and establish yourself as a trusted adviser, thereby minimising legal risk for the organisation


Experience - you will have

  • Extensive experience in employment law (either in-house or in a law firm), and we would welcome a broader range of legal experience throughout your career to date


Competencies – Level 3 Manager/Leader

  • Partner
  • Solve
  • Deliver


For more information about the above Core Competencies, visit “Our Values” on our website to view our Core Competency Framework: How We Do Things.


Special Requirements

Tertiary qualification LLB

Current practising certificate or ability to get a practising certificate


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If this position sounds like you, click APPLY NOW or visit our Police website: select ‘Current vacancies' to apply today! You will be required to submit a Curriculum Vitae (maximum 4 pages) which provides a brief account of your relevant education, skills and experience. In addition, you must complete an application form telling us why you are interested in the position and how you meet the above Core Competencies of the role, using no more than 650 words for each section.


IMPORTANT: Applications submitted directly through the Government Jobs Website are no longer considered. Please visit our Police website:      and select ‘Current vacancies' to apply for this position.


PLEASE NOTE: If you are an existing Police Employee, you must apply through our internal Careers site and include your QID number in your application.


If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact the hiring manager, Cathryn Curran-Tietjens by email at


Applications close at 5pm, Wednesday, 25 April 2018.



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