Senior HR Advisor

We would like to consider applications from candidates who are based in Invercargill or Dunedin. As part of your application, please specify your preferred location.

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 are keen to know more about you and see your application if you are an experienced generalist Human Resources professional.  We think you will be the sort of person who thrives on working alongside and influencing People Managers. We have a range of People Managers with different levels of experience who will be very keen to work with you so they can benefit from your HR Skills.  A satisfying part of this role is seeing the difference you can make for our managers and fire fighters each day.  This includes supporting our managers to be successful in our new structure as they build on their leadership capability.

Over your career you will have developed ER capability along with a reputation for strong performance in a range of HR disciplines. You could be supporting a manager with a remuneration review one day, a complex ER issue the next or mentoring and coaching a new leader. You are 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 HR Manager based in Dunedin the role will see you playing a key role 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.

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.
  • The ability to travel around the Region sometimes at short notice

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 and apply below.

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

Applications will close Thursday 27th January 2022