Principal Advisor, Safety Health & Wellbeing, Critical Risk Management

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Principal Advisor, Safety Health & Wellbeing, Critical Risk Management

We have an exciting 18 month fixed term or inter-agency secondment opportunity for an experienced and highly motivated individual to join the Safety, Health and Wellbeing team at Fire and Emergency New Zealand and work on a high priority project.

About The Role

The Principal Advisor Critical Risk Management will lead a small project team in the development of our critical risk management framework. You will manage and coach the working team where required, to ensure the work plan progresses through to completion.

You will work closely with the business as usual Safety Health and Wellbeing team to lead the consultation and engagement with the workforce, the verification of controls as well as upskilling of Health and Safety Representative’s and local leadership.

We are looking for a professional with the following skills and experience:

  • Ability to engage with and work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders ranging from frontline to senior management.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as the ability to engage and work with a range of key stakeholders throughout the organisation
  • A relevant tertiary qualification and/or equivalent experience in safety, health and wellbeing or related field. Professional accreditation desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing practical critical risks management frameworks.
  • Building internal capability for ongoing monitoring activity and provide external assurance of control effectiveness
  • Strong judgement and knowing when to adapt your approach to fit different situations
    Ability to translate complex ideas into practical solutions
  • Project and people management experience
  • Comfortable dealing with ambiguity
  • Experience working in a complex organisations with multiple locations and sub-cultures

If you are looking for a chance to put your diverse skill set to use in an organisation dedicated to helping our communities, then we’ll provide you with a unique opportunity to utilise your knowledge within a supportive team.

About Us

Fire and Emergency New Zealand was set up under new legislation in July 2017, combining 40 urban and rural fire services and 14,000 people. We became one national emergency management organisation to keep New Zealanders, their property and our unique environment safe.

We respond to structure and vegetation fires. And while the core role of firefighters is to put out fires, it is much more than that. 

We rescue people involved in transport accidents or other incidents, urban search and rescue, deal with dangerous substances, weather events and natural disasters. 

Our firefighters educate communities to prepare for emergencies, prevent and mitigate them, and teach them how to recover more quickly when they do happen.

We also assist other agencies in the response to medical emergencies, maritime incidents and vehicle accidents.

Nothing is more important to us than our people – he waka eke noa.

If you think you have what it takes to join us on our journey, we would love to hear from you.
For more information about this role please email

How to apply

If this sounds like you, make sure you carefully consider the position description here, so your CV sets out your relevant experience.

You will receive a notification advising we have received your application.

Applications close 17th May 2021

Remuneration for this role is $ $120,510 - $ 133,899