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Lead Advisor Health and Safety

Date:  04-May-2021

Wellington, 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.



About the role


  • Are you a skilled Health and Safety Practitioner looking for your next challenge to make an impact on the safety and wellbeing in a large organisation?
  • Are you looking for a Wellington CBD location with flexible work arrangements and opportunities for career development? 


We are open to receiving applications from experienced skilled Senior Advisors who would like to develop into a Lead Advisor role. 

We are looking for someone to step up and take a strategic leadership role across the health and safety space.  Your responsibilities will include overseeing health and safety strategy, planning and performance and assurance.  Of course, you will be a good report writer and a mover and shaker when it comes to connecting, engaging and influencing a range of stakeholders and you will need to know your stuff, so you can provide expert advice and support.



Skills and Experience

To be successful in the role, you will:


  • Provide thought leadership, specialist consultancy services and professional support in the design, development and implementation of health and safety strategies, policies and standards for the Ministry
  • Embed best practice in health and safety which ensures the Ministry meets its requirements for the Health and Safety at Work Act; and the ACC Accredited Employers Programme
  • Conceptualise, lead and manage the development and implementation of strategies, change initiatives and frameworks for health and safety activities 
  • Be engaged on one or more projects at a time and be comfortable applying different lenses across work from different perspectives
  • Work across all teams and workstreams within the health and safety group to ensure all relevant linkages are made, and to provide support, advice and build capability and maturity within the team
  • Develop and champion initiatives that continually improve, build on and advance the Ministry’s maturity in health and safety
  • Work with Senior leaders, other internal and external stakeholders and service suppliers to resolve issues and develop, promote and implement health and safety strategies and initiatives     



About the Team

The Health, Safety and Security (HSS) group supports our managers and staff to put health, safety, security and wellbeing at the heart of everything we do. We lead the development of HSS strategy and operational policy and are responsible for the design, development and deployment of programmes and initiatives that support and strengthen our HSS culture, as well as providing technical expertise and support to frontline teams and health and safety committees.


How to Apply


To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV and 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 key accountabilities 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


Applications close: Wednesday 19 May 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.