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Regional Health & Safety Specialist

NZ Defence Force
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Manawatu - Wanganui - Palmerston North
Manawatu - Wanganui
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

What you will do

Provide, operate and maintain ‘best practice' health and safety processes and systems for Defence Estate Construction, Planned Maintenance Programme and Facility Management activities across regional camps and bases. You'll provide health and safety advice and guidance in order to promote excellence and maximise the Defence Estate performance through compliance, communication and continuous improvement of the health and safety systems.

You'll promote and actively foster positive health and safety behaviours by encouraging feedback on policies, initiatives, operating procedures, and guidelines and activity working with Estate Delivery Managers, Project Managers, Contractors and support staff to find solutions using “Prevention Principles”. You'll also lead and provide investigative support to serious incidents and ensure that learnings are communicated and implement to reduce harm in the work place.

What we need

To be successful in the role, you must have 10 years + experience in health and safety and have first-hand knowledge of safety management with a strong focus in the construction industry. 

You will be required you to have in-depth knowledge of contemporary NZ workplace safety legislation and regulatory requirements, along with a working knowledge of relevant legislation such as the Building Act 2004, The Resource Management Act 1991 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

You'll champion excellence in health and safety, policy, systems, process and compliance. You will set and maintain a high standard of quality assurance, be innovative and have experience in the development and implementation of safety policy, frameworks and operational process documentation.

Our ideal candidate has experience with implementation, monitoring, management and delivery of health and safety management outcomes for a significant organisation.

You'll be skilled in relationship development and communication, be able to negotiate and influence others to get to a desirable outcome, as well as have the ability to work in a fast-paced and variable environment.

Your relevant qualifications in health & safety and project management will set you up for success in this position, as will qualifications and experience in causal investigations.

This role is based out of LInton, the successful candidate will work between Linton, Waiouru Military Camps and Ohakea Air Base.

Who we are

The Defence Estate and Infrastructure's purpose is to develop, maintain and manage land, property and infrastructure assets in order to support NZDF military capabilities and all of government outcomes, through the Defence Estate Regeneration Programme. The Defence estate comprises over 80,000ha of land with infrastructure and buildings with a replacement value of some $2.8bn. Defence Estate and Infrastructure is gearing up for major reinvestment and recapitalisation work over the coming years to 2025.

Every hour of every day, 365 days of the year, the New Zealand Defence Force is contributing to the defence, security and well-being of Aotearoa / New Zealand. As a modern, professional military, it is our goal to maintain well trained, equipped and disciplined armed forces that can react to crisis at short notice.

Why Us

By joining our team you are making a great career decision. A recent staff satisfaction survey highlighted why:

  • Be part of an effective team with freedom and flexibility to do my job

  • Able to maintain a balance between my personal and working life

  • Inspired to go the extra mile to help NZDF succeed.

Check out the great benefits for you and your family when you join NZDF!

How to Apply

To view the Position Description and to apply online, please visit our Defence Careers page, or use the links on this page. 
For further information, contact Jared Kane on 021 940 832, quoting NZDF-1906065.
Please note : If you are an existing NZDF employee (excluding contractors) you must apply through our Internal Vacancies site, via the HR Toolkit.

Applications close on Tuesday 16 July 2019. 

Please note: Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand (NZ) and be able to obtain and maintain the required level of NZ Government security clearance for the position applied for. The minimum citizenship and residency criteria for security clearances to be granted by the NZ Defence Force are as follows:

Low level Security Clearance

  • most preferably a NZ citizen, who has resided in this country continuously for at least the last five years, OR

  • is a citizen of, and/or has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last five years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (USA); and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at this level.

If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application

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