New Zealand Law Society - Employee Relations Manager - Auckland

Employee Relations Manager - Auckland

  • Work within one of NZ’s largest specialised Employment Relations (ER) teams on the full spectrum of ER issues
  • Gain experience managing case work within a highly unionised environment and a high engagement union relationship
  • Parental leave cover within the ER case management team through to Dec 2021

About us

We are a proud New Zealand Co-operative built by generations of farming whānau. We believe nutritious food is essential to sustain people today, and for future generations to thrive, which is why we challenge ourselves to find new ways to bring our dairy goodness to people around the world.

About the opportunity

At Fonterra we employ over 22,000 people worldwide and have some of the largest collective employment agreements in the private sector. Productive employment relationships are an important aspect of our business performance, so the partnership our Employment Relations team has with the business is highly valued for its legal, strategic and operational insight and support.

Our Employment Relations Managers work to create an environment that supports business improvement and manages the risk of employment related issues. This specific role sits within the ER Case Management team and involves providing legal advice and case management support across the business in a way that is legally compliant, consistent with our Values and strengthens our key stakeholder relationships.

Reporting to the Head of Employment Relations Advisory, responsibilities include:

  • Advisory and Coaching: Providing expert advice, support and coaching to our managers and HR teams on the full range of employment related issues including disciplinary investigations, interpretation of employment agreements and other employment processes.
  • Investigations: Conducting investigations into ER related complaints and disputes (including via our Whistle-blower Hotline).
  • Problem Resolution/ Dispute Resolution: Managing and advising on personal grievances, employment relationship problems and disputes.
  • Working with managers, HR and unions to resolve issues.
  • Compliance: Ensuring compliance with our agreements, employment legislation and our policies and Values. Managing risk accordingly.
  • Training and Development: Contributing to training programmes and documentation to build internal capability.

About you

We’re looking for a lawyer who has proven experience in employment law within either a specialist employment law team or an in-house environment. You will have the confidence to work with a wide variety of stakeholders across our business, as well as external unions. Additionally, we’re looking for someone who aligns themselves to Fonterra’s values – Do What’s Right, Make it Happen, Challenge Boundaries, and share with us a Cooperative Spirit.

To be considered for this opportunity, you will be required to have:

  • A proven background in ER management and the application of employment law within New Zealand
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills
  • Experience advising in a unionised environment
  • The ability to create and apply practical solutions to employment related issues
  • A tertiary qualification in Law and a current practicing certificate

Our Story

Whanaungatanga, our Co-operative spirit gives us all a common strength and purpose. Manaakitanga is how we care for all our people who are at the heart of what we do, we want our farmers, employees, customers and communities to thrive. Kaitiakitanga, ensures we take care of the land. We are committed to farming in a way that regenerates our farms and environment for future generations.

Whakaohooho constantly inspires ourselves and each other with great career development opportunities and benefits. We enable flexibility and balance to suit everyone’s lifestyles and choices.

Our Co-operative is a place where everyone can be themselves, feel empowered to do their best.

Sound good to you? Come join our whānau. You, me, Us Together Tᾱtou tᾱtou.

Apply now.

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