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Position Title: General Manager Human Resources
Location: Otago
FTE (Hours): 1.0FTE
Date Posted: 10/08/2017
Application Closing Date: 03/09/2017 11PM
Job #: 054674
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General Manager Human Resources



  • Shape our future and yours
  • Smart, slick, savvy HR leader required


Sometimes, people come into your organisation who bring an energy, a drive, an ‘x’ factor vibe that allows them, with great humility, humour and strength of character, to influence how you view yourself as a person, think about yourself as an health professional and, how you conduct yourself as an employee within your organisation.   


Our current GMHR is just that person.  Sadly she’s heading off to her next challenge, and we seek to find a replacement who will continue the great work that’s been achieved, not only within the HR Group, but across the DHB, through initiatives such as our Southern Future “It’s Up To Us” and “Speak Up, Speak Out” campaigns.


She leaves behind a great team, ready to embrace a new head of HR and, these are genuinely exciting times to join us here at the DHB, with a recent overhaul and refresh of our Executive Team and Directorate structure.  The GMHR reports to our new Executive Director of People, Culture and Technology, and will play a key role in leading and influencing HR practises and initiatives here at SouthernDHB.


We don’t apologise if it sounds like we’re asking too much.  This is an important role and we want to get it right, so to put us in the best position to support the achievement of our strategic and operational objectives, we expect that you’ll demonstrate broad experience across the following:


  • HR leadership in a large and complex organisation.  Experience working in employee / industrial relations in a unionised workforce would also be highly advantageous.


  • Sound, high level operational HR exposure including workforce planning, recruitment, comprehensive on-boarding, talent development and retention, performance management, reward and recognition, and employee engagement.


  • Experience as a champion in the development of a high performing culture and promoting Southern DHB as the preferred place to work within the health sector.


  • Comfortable providing executive level support for the functions in their leadership of people by challenging decision making on people issues and coaching on a wide range of issues such as change management and performance.


  • Bring outstanding credibility with a genuine and authentic leadership style.  You’ll have executive presence, charisma and charm, and your influencing and relationship building skills will be nothing short of excellent.


The Southern district offers so much – with the benefit of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, affordable housing and outstanding recreational opportunities.  Dunedin in particular has a small city feel, with a high energy vibe – there’s literally something for everyone.

Closing date for applications:  Sunday 3 September 2017

For a confidential discussion please contact Jodie Walker, Personal Assistant to the Executive Director People, Culture and Technology, phone (03) 476 9417 or Email:

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