Programme Manager - Canterbury Health Laboratories

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

Ko Te Whatu Manawa Tangata

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

Canterbury Health Laboratories (CHL) are a leading medical diagnostic reference laboratory in Christchurch, New Zealand, with laboratory links and collaborative partners nationally and internationally. At present, there are multiple complex projects either in planning or early stages and we are looking for an experienced Programme Manager to oversee this work.

This is a pivotal role during a crucial time of change within CHL and we require a highly experienced professional to lead project teams and ensure that our projects are tracking on time and remain compliant with relevant legislative and policy requirements. In this role, you will be responsible for defining and prioritising a strategic programme of work that delivers essential capabilities to the business for a diverse range of mission critical systems. You will ensure that the key projects are set up and resourced, and that the interdependencies between projects are identified and managed. You will define project management methodology and structures, and engage with the wider organisation to ensure timely and successfully delivery of our projects.

To be successful in this role, you will have worked in a similar role previously, and naturally have strong project management skills, excellent people management and communication skills, a disciplined approach to project management and ideally a background in the health sector (although this is not essential). This is a 3 year fixed-term position.

If this role sparks your interest and you feel it might be an exciting new challenge and step in your career, we would love to hear from you!


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 Hayley Penman, PA to GM of CHL, on 


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


Fixed Term/Contract/Full Time

Job no: 234979

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Apply now!