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Employee Relations Practice Leader - Hamilton

21 November 2019

Where you’ll be working: Waiora Waikato Hospital  - Human Resources and Organisational Development
The details: Flexible working hours per fortnight to be negotiated

“It’s hard to imagine a more important HR gig than health – we have purpose, challenge and commitment in spades.  If you are ready to make a difference for people who really make a difference, have a strong track record in creating excellence, and have people at the heart of everything you do – come join us at Waikato DHB and be part of the Waikato’s most exciting organisational change.” Gil Sewell, Executive Director HR & OD, Waikato DHB.

Healthcare is arguably the most important sector in the life of our nation. Many organisations claim to make a difference to the lives of New Zealanders; at Waikato District Health Board, we truly do, providing not only health and disability services, but rural, regional and national services too. Waikato’s population is diverse and dynamic and demands the highest levels of care from its primary, secondary and tertiary health services. Our environment is fascinating, stimulating and challenging; we work alongside some of the most passionate, talented and specialised people in the world.

About the Role
We are seeking an Employee Relations Practice Leader.

We aspire to healthy people, excellent care through productive partnerships and people centred services. This role supports this vision by working closely with senior leadership and HR colleagues to provide high quality employee relations advice and services to Waikato DHB, to support high-level negotiations, and to provide advocacy for Waikato DHB’s employee relations perspective to the Employment Relations Authority, and to other DHBs

For a formal position description, please click here.

For further enquiries about this role, please contact Tess Richardson, Director HR Shared Services, on

About the Ideal Person
You hold a current practicing certificate from the New Zealand Law Society.  You are pragmatic, resilient and collaborative, with experience in complex environments with multiple concurrent programmes of work. You bring strong relationship, collaborating and influencing skills to build trust quickly, and significant end-to-end ER expertise and Union engagement. You will manage multiple stakeholders to provide fit-for-purpose solutions. Strong commercial acumen is essential.

We are a values-based and inclusive organisation that is committed to deliver the best health outcomes for our total population. To do this we are working hard to develop a robust and capable workforce that reflects the population we serve. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the necessary capability and who share our values to apply and would greatly value seeing more applicants from our Māori communities.

To apply, please click on ‘HERE’ and make an online application attaching your latest CV and cover letter. For help with your application, please contact Robyn Payne, Recruitment Advisor on

Closing date: 13 December 2019

Waikato DHB is committed to the application of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 and its intent to improve the safety of all children. This position is not a Children’s Worker as defined by the Act.


Theme “People at Heart” – Te iwi Ngakaunui

  • Give and earn respect - Whakamana
  • Listen to me; talk to me – Whakarongo
  • Fair play – Mauri Pai
  • Growing the good – Whakapakari
  • Stronger together – Kotahitanga


Last updated on the 21st November 2019