Senior HR Advisor

  • Permanent, full-time Senior HR Advisor role (40 hours per week), Monday to Friday, day hours
  • Previous advisory, coaching and consultancy experience in a complex organisation and demonstrated ability to work autonomously
  • Significant experience in supporting people leaders with at least 5 years’ experience in an HR role
Our Purpose: Why we do it

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 people that live in the Canterbury region. Our primary goal is to put people at the heart of everything we do.

The Team: What we do 

This is your opportunity to step-up into a more challenging yet rewarding role and become an integral part of the transformational journey that our People and Capability function is currently going through. Our goal is to reinvent the way we deliver our people and support services to our current as well as future employees and stakeholders.

You will become a part of our HR Business Partnering team that is accountable for supporting our leaders and building their capabilities within the Canterbury District Health Board, the West Coast District Health Board, and Our Health System. We are also responsible for helping a wider health system to maintain consistency of culture and to achieve a united people strategy within it.

The Role: Where you fit in

In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Being a trusted business advisor ensuring that managers receive high quality advice on HR issues.  Particular attention required with the provision of timely advice and support on organisational change and operational planning.
  • Active contribution to and involvement with identified projects, including implementation of the People and Capability Programmes in accordance with the People Strategy.
  • Partnering with a Community of Expertise (CoE) to develop policy or tools in a specialist area.  This may include such things as providing advice and support for the ER Community of Expertise to manage MECA or SECA implementation activities or the Talent Leadership and Capability Community of Expertise to develop and implement new approaches to build leader and manger capability.
  • Execution of any allocated MECA or SECA activities in conjunction with the ER Community of Expertise, TAS and C&C colleagues.
  • Advanced coaching in the form of facilitating packaged training “snacks” or short (1 – 2 hours) face-to-face training courses
  • Providing Tier 1 Health & Safety support which involves a base understanding of and engagement with our H&S systems
  • Working with flexibility so that surges in workload across the team or project work can be accommodated so high minimum standards of service by the team are maintained across all portfolios
Your skills will include:


  • Previous advisory, coaching and consultancy experience in a complex organisation and demonstrated ability to work autonomously.
  • A relevant tertiary qualification in business, HR or related discipline.
  • Significant experience in supporting people leaders with at least 5 years’ experience in an HR role
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with diverse groups having different professional backgrounds and skill sets.
  • The ability to plan and prepare for outcomes on the basis of priority and effective management of time.
  • A proactive, goal orientated and focussed approach to the tasks and responsibilities associated with the role.
  • Ability to lead negotiations
  • Problem Solving and critical thinking – the ability to look beyond the issues being faced, assess the underlying drivers and collectively create a sustainable solution rather than simply addressing a problem.
  • Well-developed facilitation skills
  • Balance humility and curiosity with the ability to challenge and question
  • Resilient in our fast changing environment and an ability to lead others during times of uncertainty.
  • Training or a qualification in coaching
  • Previous project management experience
Our Culture: What matters to us

Ko Te Whatu Manawa Tangata

Putting people at the heart of all we do 

Health is ultimately all about people. What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility taken for delivering outcomes, and going about our work with integrity. 

Belonging Here: Becoming part of our story

Being part of the Canterbury District Health Board, you will enjoy a fantastic benefits scheme, the opportunity for flexible working arrangements and ongoing focus on your career development.

If this role has sparked your interest but does not match your skills then please visit our careers website and have a look at our roles that better suit your expertise.

If you are interested in this role please apply directly on our career site here, or contact Nik Sheremetov on for additional information.

Permanent/Full Time, Permanent/Part Time

Job no: 236575

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: 23 July 2019