Human Resources Business Partner

Life is a collection of small moments: meaningful moments, challenging moments, moments to remember. At Te Whatu Ora South Canterbury , we want to support our people to enjoy more of the moments that matter, that could include you. In health, we get to make a genuine difference in people’s lives and our HR team are here to support the people that make that happen.  Are you ready to join us?

Watch this video to learn how this moment is yours!

Right now, we’re looking for an experienced HR professional to join our self-directed HR team.  You’ll build strong connections within key parts of the business operationally while supporting our transition to a new, national health system.

Our passionate and highly skilled HR team offers support for approximately 950 staff working within the local health service.  We are known for being strongly service oriented, well connected to the business and a friendly and professional HR support service.

This role is twofold. On one hand, you will be providing day-to-day advice and support to line managers or directors, working in partnership with them to streamline HR systems and processes. On the other hand, you will be a change leader, helping to support cultural change, develop teams, and create bottom-up change initiatives.

Ideally, you’ll bring this experience and skill-set into our high performing team:

  • value working as part of self-directed team that supports each other and are excited by fresh ideas
  • proven relationship management skills and demonstrated expertise at working in partnership with a wide range of managers
  • the ability to work in a highly regulated, technical role dealing with a wide variety of staff, across a broad spectrum of health services
  • deep employment relations know-how in processes such as disciplinary meetings and restorative justice
  • demonstrated experience supporting pro-active engagement with Unions and Delegates in employee relations matters
  • experience in supporting organisational change within a complex and unionized work environment
  • specialist knowledge or experience in Cultural Change or Organizational Development
  • human resources or related qualification, or equivalent in staff management experience

Providing great health care is about employing, supporting and enabling the fabulous people who deliver it.  If you want to join a team and an organisation made up of some of the most dedicated, caring and capable members of our community, this is your opportunity.

Why choose Te Whatu Ora South Canterbury?

As one of the country’s smaller health regions our people enjoy the benefits of a flat structure where all voices are heard: processes that run smoothly and a fun, friendly culture. With us, you’re more than just a number; you are part of a team where everyone knows your name. Within our district though, we are a large employer, providing arguably the most interesting and challenging context available for talented people and culture professionals. 

If you’re local to the area, you’ll be familiar with all the hidden gems of Timaru. But if you’re considering the move from further afield, you’ll soon find out why it’s one of the country’s best kept secrets. Ditching the big city traffic and making the dream of owning your own little patch of land a reality is just the beginning! You’ll join a tight-knit community that will make you feel at home from the get-go, and be able to access all the adventure of the wild South Canterbury back drop, without being far from a city when you’re craving that bit of bustle.

At Te Whatu Ora South Canterbury integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect and excellence are at the heart of everything we do. We are a proudly diverse team, as we know a diverse and inclusive workforce achieves the best outcomes for our patients and communities. If you share in our core values and bring them into every aspect of your work, we can’t wait for you to join us.

So why wait? If this is the professional challenge you crave, make a move that offers an exciting change and all the freedom to enjoy the moments that matter.

If you are little curious and would like to discuss the role in the first instance please contact Catherine Robertson (Recruitment Specialist) on 027 561 2355

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Applications will remain open until a suitable candidate is found and may close without notice.

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Permanent/Full Time

Job no: LOAJ2137988

Location: Corporate Services (Gardens Block)

Closing Date: Sunday, 29 January 2023