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Principal Advisor Employment Relations

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
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Human resources, recruitment & training
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

  • Strategic ER role
  • Opportunity to influence the wider sector
  • Competitive remuneration


About the role

We have a great opportunity for a Principal Advisor - Employment Relations, working within the People & Culture branch.  In this pivotal role you will be responsible for the provision of high-level strategic and tactical advice, coaching and training in the areas of employment relations, change management, performance management, and HR policy.  In addition to your day-to-day case work you will support the annual performance review round and manage projects and working groups.  You will play an important role in collective bargaining and maintaining an effective working relationship with unions.

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate a high level of attention to detail and experience in managing projects from end-to-end.  You will also be proactive, as this role has great scope for you to develop and run your own employment relations initiatives. You will be up-to-date with legislation and employment relations best practice in New Zealand. Critically, you will have a track-record of fostering effective working relationships with union officials and delegates. 


Skills and Experience

  • Proven track record of experience and achievement across all areas of employment relations, with a  pragmatic and solutions-focussed approach
  • The ability to work at a strategic as well as an operational level
  • Confidence to apply your skills across a breadth of HR disciplines, including performance management and competency frameworks
  • The ability to build relationships and influence at all levels of an organisation
  • A strong customer service ethos
  • LLB with Industrial Relations, Alternative Dispute Resolution papers; or at least 10 years' experience in the field 


Why work for us:

MBIE is one of New Zealand's largest, most influential and diverse public sector agencies.  

We aim to create a culture where our people are empowered to bring fresh ideas and perspectives and to develop new approaches.

We also take the time to foster a work environment that is enjoyable for all.  This means we like to collaborate, support and encourage our people, encourage excellence and innovation and take the time to have some fun and celebrate our successes. 


How to apply:

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our online careers website.  You may view a position description at this site, as well as complete the on-line application, and upload a CV and cover letter. For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

Please e-mail Sarah Frost at quoting reference MB1415073 if you have any further questions.

Applications close on Thursday the 29th of August 2019.

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