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Manager Health, Safety and Security Operations - Permanent

Date:  13-Mar-2023

Wellington, NZ Auckland, NZ Canterbury, 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.



Manager Health, Safety and Security Operations - Permanent




Permanent Opportunity


Location: Ideally based in Wellington, open for other locations to fit for the right person.



  • Lead proactive prevention work and real-time response to health, safety or security incidents across the country


  • Provide thought leadership and stewardship 


  • Manage change, continuous improvement, and knowledge sharing




What do we do?

The Health, Safety and Security (HSS) team is a unit within the Organisational Assurance and Communications business group focused on ensuring the overall integrity of MSD’s operations.


The health, safety, security, and wellbeing of staff, clients and the public is a priority, and everyone at MSD is accountable for ensuring this.


This commitment underpins the Ministry’s purpose of helping New Zealanders to be safe, strong and independent, and our values of caring about the wellbeing and success of people, working together to make a difference for communities, being inclusive and building a sense of belonging and place, and doing the right thing with integrity. 


The national Health, Safety and Security team comprises three functional teams: Strategy & Risk, Technical Advisory and Operations.  



The teams work together cohesively to:

  • lead the ongoing maturity in health, safety, security and wellbeing
  • ensure relationships are developed to effectively manage health, safety, security and wellbeing across the Ministry
  • manage the Safety Management System at MSD 
  • contribute to health, safety, security and wellbeing data analysis, intelligence gathering and reporting
  • ensure health, safety, security and wellbeing risks are understood and managed
  • ensuring there is ongoing compliance with HSS legislation and policy.




What will you do? 


The Manager Health, Safety and Security (HSS) Operations has a strong leadership focus on developing relationships and partnering to provide guidance and advice to support best health, safety, security and wellbeing practice within the organisation, co-ordinating and supporting the effective response to security incidents and health related events. 


The role leads a team of regionally based Senior Advisors delivering Ministry-wide health, safety, security and wellbeing programmes and initiatives to enhance HSS practices across the Ministry’s work environments that range from corporate office environments to client service offices and off-site locations. 


You will be responsible for the identification of health, safety, security and wellbeing requirements of regional managers and staff and the implementation of HSS tools and frameworks to support the effective delivery of Ministry services.


About You


Our ideal candidate will be a proven senior leader, having operated at an enterprise level in large-scale organisations and have significant experience in operational leadership, change management, and risk/threat assessments. The ability to apply effective incident management practices to eliminate or minimize risks and ensure people get the right support when incidents occur are critical. 


You will demonstrate your strengths in strategic planning and technical expertise in HSS, leveraging the capability and expertise of the wider HSS group and facilitating engagement with regional staff and unions.


You will have proven relationship management skills at all levels within the organisation and with external stakeholders and contractors. 


You will be an exceptional people leader, building positive team culture by actively participate in knowledge sharing, able to manage planning and performance and enable managers to deliver their accountabilities and commitments to their staff. 


You will be a thought leader for Health, Safety and Security and will oversee the continuous development and improvements to HSS systems and processes. 




What do we offer you?

Our senior leadership team prioritises the safety of people and is accessible and engaged in our work. We all work hard to make MSD a great place to work.  We are proud of the collaboration that occurs across teams and the culture we have created.


We work with a strong sense of purpose and people focus to deliver high quality service in a fun, supportive environment that values your contribution.


We walk the talk on work life balance, so we are open to provide flexible working options to meet individual needs. We have a strong focus on staff wellbeing, we invest in developing and supporting staff to stretch and reach their professional goals. 




If this appeals to you, we would love to hear from you.  Please include your preference of work location in your cover letter. 




Salary range: $109,999.00 - $164,999.00






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 key responsibilities 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: Thursday, 23 March 2023






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.


MSD has a COVID-19 vaccination policy that encourages, but does not require, employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and its variants, unless the role is identified as requiring vaccination at the time.