Manager Employment Relations Policy
New Zealand Government Jobs
Wellington, New Zealand
18d ago

Job Description

Manager Employment Relations Policy, Labour and Immigration Policy branch

A great opportunity has become available for an experienced manager to join the Labour and Immigration Policy branch. We are working on the biggest reforms to employment relations in 20 or 30 years we work closely with other government agencies, with the regulator and the wider employment dispute resolution system, with legal and PCO, and the social partners unions and employers and wider stakeholders.

The Employment Relations Policy team has a busy and exciting work programme currently leading work for the government on :

  • legislating for pay equity and pay transparency to close the gender pay gap
  • changes to the collective bargaining regulatory framework to improve working conditions in low wage / low productivity sectors and to extend rights to some contractors, and
  • the introduction of high-engagement approaches to employee involvement in business decision making.
  • The team is currently managing a bill through select committee, and legislation is being developed for three more Government Bills, two of which may be considered for introduction in 2018.

    The team is also leading the work with the Fair Pay Agreement Panel, being chaired by the Rt Hon Jim Bolger, which has just been established, and the Film Industry Working Group, independently facilitated by lawyer Linda Clark.

    The team is jointly responsible for the Employment Relations and Standards regulatory system, and works closely with the Employment Standards Policy team which covers minimum rights and conditions of work, including around leave and wages, and of course the regulator.

    Investment work includes input into the changing nature of work and what this will mean for the contractor-employee boundary, for vulnerable workers more generally, for interjurisdictional working, and for just transitions'.

    We are looking for someone who :

  • has a successful track record of leading teams that deliver advice on regulatory policy and can manage legislative processes
  • can manage a busy and diverse workload while managing good work / life balance for themselves and their team
  • is able to engage with stakeholders on sensitive issues effectively to draw out constructive feedback and provide balanced advice, and to bring them along with us as honest brokers and open to future engagement, where there are often ideological divides and disputed evidence
  • knows how to bring the best out of the people they work with and lead
  • can operate both at detail level and at the big picture level, and
  • can get up to speed on employment relations frameworks and policy issues quickly.
  • What we offer you is a supportive, fun and high performing team and branch environment, and the opportunity to shape and deliver on some critical reforms that will impact directly on the labour market and on the flexibility and productivity of the economy and the working lives of many New Zealanders.

    We are keen to hear from anyone who might be interested in this role in either a temporary or permanent capacity and who would be able to start quickly.

    How to apply

    Click on the APPLY button below to view a position description, as well as complete the on-line application, and upload a CV and cover letter.

    For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

    Email Peter van de Merwe at Peter.vandeMerwe if you have any further questions.

    Applications close at 5 pm on Wednesday 18 July 2018.


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