Manager People and Safety

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Manager People and Safety - Champion, support, implement

Full Time - Dunedin & Christchurch

  • Attractive benefits including super, life insurance, additional leave & flexible working
  • True work-life balance with stunning scenery to experience
  • Energetic and collaborative team 

About the organisation

Caring | Collaborative | Accountable | Trustworthy | Creative | Open & Honest 

Communities rely on Otago Regional Council to be a source of knowledge about the region’s environment, to lead environmental management in Otago in partnership with mana whenua, and to collaborate with local councils and others for resilient and sustainable communities. ORC is committed to ensuring positive connections between the environment and people.

The wellbeing of Otago’s communities – now and in the future – is at the heart of what ORC do!

The location

Skiing in the winter and surfing in the summer – they’ve got it covered! Otago is made up of small towns and medium-sized cities covering 32,000 square kilometres. The region is geographically diverse, from alpine lakes and mountains to approximately 480km of coastline. We have a population of nearly 250,000 people (and growing). 

Develop your career without sacrificing your lifestyle. The Otago region is the perfect place to achieve work-life balance! 

About the opportunity

Reporting to the General Manager Governance, Culture and Customer the Manager People and Safety is a key member of the management team at the ORC. With four direct reports, and a team of six you will be responsible for the development and execution of innovative, professional and strategic HR and safety initiatives. The successful candidate will enable a values-driven, outcomes focussed, organisational culture supporting the ORC Leadership Team by providing best practice advice on HR and safety.

Your main responsibilities will include; 

  • Enhancing performance by leading, coaching and developing the People and Safety team to ensure the strategic goals of ORC are met
  • Develop and lead the implementation of workable people and safety strategies that support the overall ORC goals and values
  • Provide advice to the Leadership team and managers across the organisation to create and nurture a high performing workforce and ensure people-related policies and procedures are best practice
  • Drive a safety culture, where health, safety and wellbeing is at the forefront of the organsiation. 
  • Have accountability for the more generalist responsibilities of recruitment, performance management, leadership training and development, compliance and employment relations
  • Lead and guide managers on all employee relations and industrial relations matters; minimising disruption and finding workable and commercially sensible solutions
  • Lead and nurture a culture of engagement and continuous improvement across ORC; leading effective policy and procedure development and delivering on business objectives
  • Build the capability of ORC leadership through the implementation of the ‘People and Safety 101’ series, an internal leadership programme
  • Champion, support, implement and adhere to H&S policies and procedures. 

About you

To be successful in this role, you will have a relevant HR qualification and will be able to demonstrate your capability in developing and implementing appropriate practices and policies which support the running of an organisation in alignment with its culture. 

Taking a hands-on approach you encourage continuous improvement and have proven experience influencing and coaching others. Your innovative and energetic approach will be complemented by your ability to juggle multiple priorities while finding the right solution.  Unafraid of change and challenge, your expertise will be supported by an approach that is positive, collaborative and adaptable. 

A natural leader, a collaborative team player and a good thinker; you thrive in an environment where you can take accountability, lead and support managers and truly impact positively on culture and organisational performance. 

How to apply  

To discover more about Otago Regional Council, visit 

For a confidential discussion about the role; contact Libby Brazier at 


Applications close: Tuesday 3rd May 2022

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