Senior HR Advisor

Unique industry | Opportunity to make a difference | Work within a fun and supportive team environment

You’ll work with a diverse range of people who are committed to keeping New Zealanders safe, you will be supporting our volunteers and employees with their HR needs for HR at National Headquarters, Wellington

About us

People Experience is a directorate of the People branch at Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

We deliver core services; Payroll; Remuneration; Reward & Recognition; Safety Health and Wellbeing; Injury Management; Recruitment; Volunteer Sustainability; Human Resources, and HRIS, to FENZ people and leaders and both paid and volunteer personnel.

We are a friendly and respectful team who values professionalism, transparency and integrity.  Our environment is dynamic and no one day is ever the same.

Fundamental to our purpose is supporting our leaders to create a people centric workplace that is safe, respectful and inclusive for all and where we honour and live the organisational values. We actively embrace and value diversity including our commitment to working with Māori as tangata whenua. 

About the role

We seek applications from experienced generalist HR practitioners who thrive on working alongside and influencing business leaders.  Over your career you will have developed ER capability along with a reputation for strong performance in a range of HR disciplines. You’ll also have experience working in a complex business environment where no day is ever the same. You could be supporting a manager with a performance review one day, a complex ER issue the next or mentoring and coaching a new leader. You will be a team player who is approachable, passionate about results-focused service delivery and able to quickly build effective professional relationships with employees and our volunteers. Reporting to the NHQ HR Manager based in Wellington this role will see you playing a key part within the HR team as we support a new structure and new ways of working.

Critical to this role will be your ability to hit the ground running. You will also be familiar with working in a highly unionised environment, and comfortable working autonomously.  You will work across an assigned busioness portfolio or portfolios.

About you

You'll be authentic, self-motivated, highly focused and able to multi-task. You’ll need to be a savvy, quick thinker who has demonstrated ability to convey information and ideas articulately.  Sometimes you will need to roll your sleeves up and get stuck into HR Operational tasks so your approachable “can-do” attitude will ensure your success. 

To succeed in this role, you will also have:

  • Proven experience in solving complex problems
    Well developed interpersonal skills
  • Good knowledge of current New Zealand employment law and contemporary HR practices
  • The ability to apply sound judgement and make pragmatic decisions in line with policies, guidelines and employment law.

This is a permanent role with a salary range of $100,954-$112,171 and benefits of 6% matched Kiwisaver, life insurance including income protection and a comprehensive wellness policy.

For more information about this role please email

How to apply

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

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

Applications will close Wednesday 27 October 2021