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Principal HR Advisor - Wellington

Date:  16-Mar-2023

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.



Principal HR Advisor, Te Pae Tawhiti

2-year Fixed Term


  • Be an integral part of MSD’s Transformation journey
  • We need you to help us design a future where our employees are at the heart of our business
  • Your well-honed business partnering, communication and organisational design skills will be valued!



Overview of Position


‘Te Pae Tawhiti – Our Future’ is about the Ministry’s (MSD) future role and how we can make a bigger and better difference for New Zealanders. Our Te Pae Tawhiti transformation programme will deliver services that are easier and more accessible, and with a greater use of partnering will be better integrated across employment, housing, and income support. The programme will also modernise our technology, data and information to support this business change. 



Skills and Experience


In this newly created Principal HR Advisor position you will work directly with the Workforce Workstream Lead and provide employee experience and organisational design expertise.  You will have a pivotal role in ensuring that our people are at the heart of how we design and support services in the future.   
Applying your broad range of knowledge across all aspects of human resources, you will be comfortable providing strategic and operational advice and guidance to the different programme workstreams leads. 


Success will be due to your;


  • Exposure to and knowledge of working in an agile environment with an ability to ‘work in the grey’ and pragmatically change priorities based on need
  • Experience working on high-impact initiatives and delivering projects in a structured environment
  • Ability to collaborate and influence effectively across multiple groups, management and unions
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Patience and great sense of humour!

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: 02 April 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.