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People & Capability Manager

Scenery0027 Tukituki River ex VHB

About The opportunity | Ko te āheinga:

At Hawke’s Bay Regional Council our purpose is to work with our community to protect and manage the region’s precious taonga of rivers, lakes, soils, air, coast and biodiversity for health, wellbeing and connectivity. This means that our organisation is filled with a diverse range of passionate people, committed to our interesting and varied work. This is a place where no two days are the same! We pride ourselves on fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and continuous improvement. As we continue on our journey to support our region, we need to ensure that our people are also cared for, supported and empowered to succeed. To enable this vision to come to life we are looking for a proactive, strengths-based, and versatile People & Capability Manager!

This integral role will see you leading HR initiatives across the organisation, driving the development of our greatest asset - our people – as they undertake meaningful and engaging work for our communities.  This role will require you to jump right in and add value across the full spectrum of human resources, playing a pivotal role in shaping our organisation's culture and driving employee engagement, development, and retention strategies. If this sounds like you, then we can promise a dynamic and challenging role where you will pave the way for strategic HR input, influencing positive change and the employee experience.  

This is a highly collaborative role taking the lead in for ensuring that HBRC is an employer of choice in the Hawke’s Bay, with a reputation of being a great place to work. You will work closely with our Executive Leadership team at a strategic level to align people-focused initiatives to wider Council objectives, supporting our people leaders to embed a positive work culture, grounded in our values of transparency, excellence, partnership & collaboration, and accountability. We strive to create a working environment where all employees are empowered to reach their full potential; this is your opportunity to develop and lead sustainable people practices in an open-minded and future-focused organisation.

About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

You will be a change champion, able to take others on the journey with you, explaining the ‘why’ and building positive engagement through your passionate and energetic approach. Your relationship skills will be second to none, always putting people first and delivering top-tier service. You will need to be resilient and adaptable, open to pivoting and reassessing your approach and ensuring it is fit for purpose. You will have proven leadership experience, generalist HR knowledge and a genuine desire to grow and develop your people. Communication is key to your success in this role, so an ability to tailor your style to fit the situation/person will serve you well.

Ideally you will also have:

  • Relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent tertiary qualification in Human Resources Management and/or Organisational Psychology
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in HR /People and Capability, with at least one management role in a medium to large organisation.
  • Proven experience in HR management, with a focus on talent management, employee development, and organisational development.


What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

In return, we can offer you meaningful work contributing to the success of an organisation making a positive difference for our region. Your team of six are high-performing and welcoming, with a culture of knowledge sharing and a growth mindset. We can support a great work/life balance with flexible working and working for home options, plus we will encourage you develop and upskill wherever possible.

Other benefits of working for our team include:

  • 5 weeks annual leave after 3 years
  • 4% superannuation after 3 years
  • Life insurance and income protection
  • Subsidised eye tests and lenses, flu vaccinations, and other well-being initiatives

See a full list of our staff benefits here 

The salary for this role will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

As an equal opportunity employer, we are dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. We recognise that collaborative and innovative organisations depend on having a workforce made up from a diverse range of perspectives and experiences. We're all about excellence, and we encourage open communication – if you need any specific support, just let us know! Our main goal is to empower each person to share their unique talents to contribute to the outcomes for our community. This commitment ensures that our workplace is a dynamic and progressive space where everyone can flourish.

HBRC is responsible for Civil Defence emergencies and as such, all staff may be called upon to support the response.


How to apply | I pēhea ki te whakauru:

If you are passionate about driving organisational excellence through people and capability development, we invite you to apply by submitting a copy of your CV and a cover letter outlining why you are the best person for this role.

Applications close 16 June 2024. We may close this earlier if the right candidate is found so please apply today.

View the full job description here


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17 May 2024

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