Head of Core People Operations

Our Purpose: What We’re Here For

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We’re world leaders in the delivery of integrated health care, and we’re always striving to Make It Better. From the carers on the front line working directly with patients and communities, to our talented support teams who enable that care, we plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 New Zealanders that live in the Canterbury region. And we’re all about putting people at the heart of everything we do.


Our Culture: What Matters To Us

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Putting people at the heart of all we do 


For us to continue putting our communities at the centre of our health system, we’re putting our own people at the centre of everything we do.  Because health is ultimately all about people.  What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility that all our people take for delivering outcomes, and that we go about our work with integrity in all we do.  


What matters to us is doing the right thing, valuing everyone, and being and staying well ourselves so we can care for our community.


The Role: What This Opportunity’s All About

The Head of Core People Operations leads the team of more than sixty people that delivers mission-critical core HR services to the more than 10,000 people that work for the Canterbury and West Coast DHBs.  This involves the oversight and leadership of Recruitment, Payroll and Rostering, People Technology Systems and HR Administration functions.


Here’s a picture of the work that they support:


Put simply, we’re looking for an extraordinary leader, strategic thinker and change champion who can: 

  • Provide transformational leadership as part of the People and Capability leadership team.
  • Continue bringing to life a customer-focused and performance driven service culture.
  • Grow the capability of individuals and teams to be and do their very best.
  • Integrate processes across the People and Capability function through partnerships with Wellbeing Health and Safety, ER Compensation and Benefits, Coaching and Consulting and other Communities of Expertise.
  • Deliver programmes of work aligned with the goals of our People Strategy.


Belonging Here: Becoming Part Of Our Story

Our people enjoy access to a fantastic benefits scheme, flexible working arrangements and a genuine and ongoing focus on career development.


We hope you’ll seriously consider joining us, but if this isn’t a good fit for you, please share the opportunity with your personal networks and help us find our next rock star! 


If this particular role isn’t for you we do have other similar opportunities; please look on our careers page or give us a call to discuss.


Apply online, or to find out more information, please contact Anna Canning. 

Email: anna.canning@cdhb.health.nz

Phone: 03 337 7951


Applicants will be progressed as they apply, so if this sounds like you, please apply now! 


Permanent/Full Time

Job no: 234387

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Apply now!