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Principal HR Business Partner

Date:  25-Nov-2021

Auckland, NZ

About us

The Ministry of Social Development is a people-centred organisation. We’re in communities across the motu, working with partners to help New Zealanders be safe, strong and independent.
We provide social policy and advice to government and assistance, including income, employment and housing support to people of all ages, families, whānau and communities.
As a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner we are committed to supporting and enabling Māori, whānau, hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.
Our people are as diverse as the communities we serve. We care about the wellbeing and success of our people and provide a supportive and inclusive working environment where people can thrive and be who they are.



Principal HR Business Partner



Exciting permanent opportunity for an experienced Principal HR Business Partner to join out HR - People and Capability Business Group based in Auckland but supporting the regions of Waikato, Bay of Plenty, East Coast and Taranaki.


As Principal Business Partner HR you will be part of a supportive team providing high level, trusted, expert advice and support to Managers within assigned business groups. You will actively contribute to direction setting and achievement of business strategy.  This is a pivotal and influential role and an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to building your business group’s capability. 
Key responsibilities include: 
•    Leading substantial HR related initiatives and developing people strategies
•    Providing significant thought leadership in the areas of business strategy, workforce strategy, people capability (including leadership) and organisational change
•    Communicating HR strategy and position on issues with credibility and influence
•    Being the key link between the HR functions and the business to support the development and implementation of the Ministry’s and service line organisational strategies and business plans

What you will bring: 
•    High level knowledge of human resource practice and relevant employment legislation
•    Proven ability in the management of HR issues and provision of HR advice and guidance to senior managers
•    Experience in building strategic relationships and being a credible/trusted advisor at a senior leadership level
•    Proven experience in developing, implementing and articulating strategic HR and business plans
•    The ability to articulate the contribution of people plans to strategic business objectives and demonstrate how HR activity can add value to the business performance and outcomes
•    Sound experience in coaching at senior line manager level 
If you are a proven, trusted and credible advisor with wide ranging HR experience, we want to hear from you! 


Salary range: $100,014 - $150,022






How to apply


To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV, cover letter and complete the online application form.  


Note: Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the competencies listed in the position description. 


All applications must be made online.  If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact us at


Internal MSD Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.


Closing date:  9 December 2021.






Joining us

Joining MSD means being part of a whānau that celebrates the diversity each individual represents.  We show manaaki, we care about the wellbeing and success of people and want everyone to thrive, and be who they are in a supportive and inclusive working environment. We work together to make a difference for communities while doing the right thing with integrity. We are a Treaty partner committed to strengthening relationships with Māori, Hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.

If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so we can assist you through the recruitment process.