Manager People & Culture

  • Strategic focus, operational delivery.
  • Provide best-practice, process driven expertise to business leaders.
  • Leading a small and dynamic team.

In this key role, you will have the opportunity to champion the people programme for Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture & Heritage. You will oversee and review the people strategy, advise on the direction, and embed the organisational values for years to come. 

We are looking for someone who really wants to make a positive difference within our organisation and who has the passion to do so.  This role leads the development and implementation of strategic objectives related to the management of people from a developmental, cultural, and transactional perspective. The People & Culture team currently delivers in the areas of employee relations, recruitment, learning and development, organisational development, engagement, and an outsourced payroll. You will create a great environment for people to work in by building and continually evolving the policies, processes, and programmes.

You will lead a high performing People & Culture team, with an emphasis on managing employment and industrial relations, continuous improvement, and employee engagement. Whilst this role will be challenging it will be very rewarding as you will work directly with the leadership team, to continually strengthen the organisational culture in a flexible work environment.  

You will bring a demonstrated understanding of relevant employment or HR-related legislation, including the ability to interpret agreements and other industrial instruments, and to build procedural frameworks to support implementation.

The successful candidate will have elevated emotional intelligence, agility, a passion for simple yet effective HR solutions, and firmly honed mentoring and leadership skills. This person easily builds rapport and through insightful inquiry can swiftly get to the heart of a people problem. They understand what it takes to build a great culture and are motivated to build (or optimise) people practices from the ground up. They’re skilled in advising and coaching the leadership team, happy to roll up their sleeves, and great at championing change.

Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture and Heritage provides advice on arts, culture, heritage, and broadcasting issues in consultation with Government ministers. They review legislation, major policy proposals and developments that have significance to the sector. 

Entry to New Zealand from all countries remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. You may only apply for this role if you have the right to work in New Zealand. For information about New Zealand work or residence visas, please visit

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Tuesday, 9th November 2021

FURTHER ENQUIRIES: Liz Ruscoe on 04 550 8000

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