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HR Business Partner

Southern District Health Board | Posted 8-05-2021

Otago (Human Resources)


Human Resources, Dunedin Hospital


  • Guide, support and coach our leaders
  • Complex and rewarding health environment
  • Provide advice and leadership throughout the wider HR team

Bring your HR expertise to this rewarding role where you’ll be challenged daily and make a real difference to the wellbeing of our workforce.

About us

If you want to make a difference as an HR practitioner, then working for Southern DHB could be the opportunity you’ve been looking for. Here you’ll be working in an HR team, embedding a people strategy to see us through the new Dunedin Hospital build, and beyond. HR’s role at Southern DHB is to enable a healthy and high performing workforce, and to achieve this we need another smart, credible, action-oriented HR Professional who is willing to challenge the status quo in the complex environment of health.


About the opportunity

This is a great opportunity for an experienced and confident HR Business Partner to join us in a permanent fulltime role, based within Dunedin Hospital. Reporting to the Senior HR Manager, you will be responsible providing strategic and tailored people centric advice across a range of functions including workforce planning, performance and change management, industrial and employment relations, and remuneration coupled with a partnership approach with unions.


About you

You’ll be instrumental in guiding, supporting and coaching not only our business leaders but our wider HR Team as well, including HR Consultants who you’ll work closely with. We want your fresh thinking; someone we can all learn from and bounce ideas with. It’s a two-way street though, with plenty of opportunities for you to stretch your practice and grow where no two days will be the same! Mentoring and leadership will come naturally to you along with your love of sharing your knowledge and expertise to help others grow.


Skills you need to be effective in this role:


  • 8+ years broad HR generalist experience, preferably at business partner/senior advisor level.
  • Strong technical HR knowledge, in an NZ employment relations context
  • Able to take the lead on difficult or sensitive performance and change management processes
  • Ability to negotiate and resolve employee issues
  • A naturally skilled and influential communicator
  • Honest and able to build constructive relationships, particularly with Unions
  • Previous experience in a leadership role would be beneficial

An essential requirement of course, is that we need you to be able to hit the ground running and think on your feet in this busy role. If you are resilient and flexible; someone who thrives in a dynamic and changing environment, creates energy in a team and just likes getting out there and doing it, then hit apply now!

About Southern DHB

Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities across a huge geographical area. We take pride in all the services we provide and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like minded people to help us continue providing for our community.

Now is also a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move. The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it is surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there’s literally something for everyone. Why don’t you check out https://careers.southernhealth.nz/ for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.


Position Description

Closing Date: Sunday 23rd May 2021

Due to the fast paced nature of the DHB, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don’t delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.


Do you currently work for Southern DHB? If so, please apply for this role via the internal careers site.

For further information please contact Sarah Burgess, Recruitment Advisor on 03 470 9021


Pre-Employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to:

  • Occupational Health Assessment
  • Police Vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)