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Senior HR Advisor

NZ Defence Force
Job Category:
Defence, corrections & security
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

What you will do

As a Senior HR Advisor you will be responsible for supporting, coaching and advising NZDF leaders to enable them to make strategic people decisions and manage operational matters as they arise.
You will work collaboratively with the team and the wider People Capability Portfolio to drive innovative solutions that meet the needs of our customers.

There aren't many roles where HR practitioners can make a difference to the country they live in, and in this role you will be offered that rare opportunity.  This position is unique as you will be managing portfolios that have a mix of both military and civilian (non uniformed) staff, working with our Commanders and Managers on all people-related matters. This is a busy and varied role where no two days are the same, and your ability to influence and build trust will help you establish and maintain strong working relationships.

What we need

We are seeking the talent and skills of a knowledgeable and experienced HR practitioner to join our HR Advisory team who deliver broad HR services to the NZDF within the Wellington Region. Reporting to the Site Lead you will be joining a professional, cohesive and supportive team. You may already be a Senior HR Advisor or you might be an HR Advisor ready for the next step in your career.

You will bring to this role a strong foundation in generalist HR including a good practical base of:

  • New Zealand employment law;
  • Employment relations; 
  • Remuneration;
  • Change management; 
  • Risk management and;
  • General day-to-day HR advice and policy interpretation.

In addition, you will:

  • Be pragmatic and resilient;
  • Be equipped with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills; 
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage with a diverse mix of people at all levels;
  • Feel comfortable influencing without authority; 
  • Quickly come to grips with new systems, policies and procedures and;
  • Possess a strong service delivery focus.

Who we are

HR Advisory Services (HRAS) provides accurate, responsive fit for purpose solutions and advice on all people matters aligned to the strategic direction of NZDF. The team provides leadership and support across all facets of human resources, both strategic and operational and is a key enabler to the success of our leaders.  

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

This is your opportunity to bring your passion, knowledge and experience to Defence Human Resources.  In return for your knowledge, experience and drive, we can reward you with challenging opportunities working in a supportive, motivated and forward-thinking team.

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 website, or use the links on this page. For further information, contact Shannon Clayton, HR Site Lead on 021 241 7020. 
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 Monday 22 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:

Higher level Security Clearance

  • most preferably a NZ citizen who has resided continuously in this country for the last 10 years, OR
  • is a citizen of, and/or has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last 10 years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, UK or the USA; and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZSIS towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at a higher level.

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

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