ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

Employment Relations Specialist - Christchurch

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Putting people at the heart of all we do

Working for the Canterbury District Health Board - working for the Community. At its core, our vision is dependent on achieving a truly collaborative, 'whole of system' approach where everyone in the health system works together to do the right thing for the patient and the right thing for the system and our community as a whole.

As the South Island's largest employer we employ over 10,000 people across a wide range of disciplines. Our People and Capability team is responsible for supporting those who care for patients. It is a team that is continuing to transform and innovate the delivery of HR services to our people across the Canterbury Health System.

About the role

This is a rare opportunity for you to become part of our growing in house Employee Relations legal team. This is a permanent role responsible for providing specialist employment law advice to managers and executive leaders, acting as an escalation point for our team of HR advisors in complex legal matters and implementing the Canterbury DHB Employment Relations [ER] and Industrial Relations [IR] programme.

Your day to day would be varied and involve the following:

  • Ensuring outcomes in ER and IR matters minimise legal and reputational risk
  • Ensuring leaders operate within and comply with employment law and other relevant legislation
  • Advising in the resolution of contractual disputes, personal grievances and disciplinary processes
  • Leading change in the creation and implementation of ER and IR best practice guidelines, systems and processes
  • Representing CDHB in union negotiations, mediations and employment law disputes
  • Developing and providing training on ER and IR matters
  • Managing and participating in key organisational projects as an ER specialist

Skills and experience

To be suitable for this position you will have:

  • been legally trained with ideally at least five years' experience working in employment law
  • experience in working with unions and collective bargaining
  • proven experience in providing high level advice which balances legal risk and strategic objectives
  • a desire to work with a great group of people who are committed to putting people at the heart of all we do.

Our culture

  • Care and respect for others. Manaaki me te whakaute i te tangata
  • Integrity in all we do. Hāpai i ā mātou mahi katoa i runga i te pono
  • Responsibility for outcomes. Te Takohanga i ngā hua


You will benefit from a fantastic loyalty scheme (Something for You), flexible working arrangements and a genuine and ongoing focus on career development.

How to apply

Apply online, or to find out more information, please contact Sarah Carnoutsos, Recruitment Lead, email:

Applications are only accepted online.