Senior Manager Human Resources

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
  • Job type:
  • Posted:
    3 days ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type:
  • Category: Human Resources
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 05-NOV-18
  • Job Reference: NZTA/1364062
  • Job Title: Senior Manager Human Resources
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  • Summary:
  • Strategic people leadership opportunity
  • Lead a talented multidisciplinary HR Team
  • Work in a collaborative and customer focused workplace where curiosity is encouraged
  • Wellington location


About us

At the NZ Transport Agency, it all starts with our people. The organization’s performance and success depends on the people who choose to make this a great place to work and make a difference for New Zealand. The Transport Agency has a strong future focus, understanding that new technologies and changing customer expectations mean the transport system we know today will not be the one we deliver in ten years’ time.

The aim of our People group, is to support our people to be their best selves at work.  We develop and manage people related systems, processes and practices so that we have the workplace and capabilities we need to succeed.

The role

Reporting to the General Manager of People, you will be responsible for leading a collaborative and professional team across a full range of HR services. The role has three direct reports working alongside:

  • Our head of Employee Experience, who is leading the team in new and innovative ways; ensuring that we support our business leads and team members alike, with the capacity and capabilities required to deliver great results and a positive employee experience;
  • Our head of Recruitment, who leads an incredibly busy and awesome team of in-house recruiters who work to ensure that we attract great talent to the Agency;
  • Our head of Payroll and Analytics, who leads a team with a wealth of knowledge and insights that are looking to take things to the next level. 

In this fast-paced and strategically focused role your work will ensure people have what they need to do their job as best as they can.  We will be looking to you to continuously improve and lift our people systems and practices, to increase the contribution we make in supporting the business, whilst at the same time making it easier for our people. It goes without saying that you will be passionate about creating a dynamic workplace culture.  This role works very closely with other Senior Leaders across the People function, especially the Senior Manager, Organisational Development.

We are a diverse team so it is essential that you are a people-centric person with sound interpersonal skills and the ability to build strong rapport and positive relationships with key internal and external stakeholders. Your experience in leading a team and influencing and negotiating with senior and executive level stakeholders is essential. You will need to bring a focus on collaboration, customer focus and well-honed curiosity to the Agency.

To be successful in this role you will need:

  • Proven experience as a strategic HR People leader
  • To demonstrate a strong record of stakeholder engagement, results-orientation and collaborative working style
  • Be proactive and positive with an ability to inspire confidence and work effectively with different groups of people
  • Exceptional relationship building, interpersonal and influencing skills
  • Ability to lead through change
  • Experience working in a complex and unionised environment
  • High levels of customer focus and a genuine care of and commitment to people

This is a challenging, exciting and rewarding role. We are offering a competitive salary, a driven and committed team and an excellent working environment that provides flexible employment practices. If you have a strong desire to work with an organisation where you can make a real difference within an ethos of collaboration and partnership then we would love to hear from you.

Please also check out our video of Barbara Harrison – GM People telling you more about what she is looking for in this role

Applications close: 15 November 2018

For a copy of the position description and to apply:

For further information, email

To be considered for this position you must have a legal right to live and work in New Zealand.