ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

Employment Relations Specialist - Christchurch

Our Purpose: What We're Here For

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you're part of something very special. We're world leaders in the delivery of integrated health care, and we're always striving to Make It Better. From the carers on the front line working directly with patients and communities, to our talented support teams who enable that care, we plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 New Zealanders that live in the Canterbury region. And we're all about putting people at the heart of everything we do.

Our Culture: What Matters To Us

Ko Te Whatu Manawa Tangata
Putting people at the heart of all we do

For us to continue putting our communities at the centre of our health system, we're putting our own people at the centre of everything we do. Because health is ultimately all about people. What's important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility that all our people take for delivering outcomes, and that we go about our work with integrity in all we do.

What matters to us is doing the right thing, valuing everyone, and being and staying well ourselves so we can care for our community.

The Role: What This Opportunity's All About

This is a rare opportunity for you to become part of our growing in-house Employment Relations team.

CDHB is one of the biggest employer's in New Zealand with a workforce that includes nurses, orderlies, lawyers, doctors, engineering and maintenance, food service workers, accountants and many others. We employ over 10,500 people via 54 different collective and individual employment agreements. Our Employment Relations team is responsible for providing specialist ER and legal advice to managers and executive leaders, acting as an escalation point for our team of HR advisers in complex matters, providing training and resources on ER issues and implementing CDHB's Employment Relations and Industrial Relations programme of work in support of Our People Strategy.

Our team is expanding and we're looking for an extraordinary team player, strategic thinker and influencer who:

  • ideally has three to five years' PQE in private practice, specialising in employment law, and is looking to move in-house and take on a new challenge in a diverse environment
  • has experience of working with unions and is familiar with New Zealand's industrial relations landscape
  • is a creative thinker who can identify issues, problem solve and deliver advice with a well-rounded and considered approach
  • can confidently develop and provide ER related training to line managers and other HR professionals
  • when providing advice, can strike a balance between minimising legal and reputational risk with an understanding of what's the "right" thing to do
  • can build trusting relationships with key stakeholders.

Belonging Here: Becoming Part Of Our Story

Our people enjoy access to a fantastic benefits scheme, flexible working arrangements and a genuine and ongoing focus on career development.

We hope you'll seriously consider joining us, but if this isn't a good fit for you, please share the opportunity with your personal networks and help us find our next rock star!

If this particular role isn't for you, we do have other similar opportunities - please look on our careers page or give us a call to discuss.

Apply online, or to find out more information, please contact Recruitment Specialist, Anna Canning on:


Phone: (03) 337 7951

Applicants will be progressed as they apply, so if this sounds like you, please apply now!