Employment Relations Manager

  • ClassificationIn-house
  • Salary$110,000 ~ $140,000
  • Work typePermanent
  • LocationAuckland, New Zealand
  • Posted on17 Aug 2016
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  • Work within one of NZ’s largest specialised ER teams
  • Gain experience with multiple collective employment agreements and a high engagement union relationship

At Fonterra we employ over 22,000 people worldwide, and have some of the largest Collective Employment Agreements in the private sector. Productive employment relationships are an important aspect of our business performance, so the partnership our Employment Relations team has with the business is highly valued for its strategic and operational insight and support.

The Role:

Our Employment Relations Managers work to create an environment that is aware and focused on employee relations, supporting business improvement and managing the risk of employment related issues to the business. This involves ensuring the implementation and operation of our CEAs, and running the collective bargaining process. In order to achieve these positive outcomes for our workforce, the ER Managers engage, and build relationships, with large unions and other internal and external stakeholders.

Reporting to the General Manager Employment Relations, responsibilities include:

  • Supporting collective bargaining and the implementation and operation of our CEAs,
  • Managing, investigating, and resolving employment relations issues,
  • Providing expert advice and support to our managers and HR teams on employment law related issues,
  • Designing training programmes that build the employment relations capability of our managers and HR Teams
A bit about you

We’re looking for an intermediate lawyer who has proven experience in Employment Law within a specialist employment law team. You will have the confidence to work with a wide variety of stakeholders across our business, as well as external unions. Additionally, we’re looking for someone who aligns themselves to Fonterra’s values – Do What’s Right, Make it Happen, Challenge Boundaries, and share with us a Cooperative Spirit.

To be considered for this opportunity, you will be required to have:

  • Proven experience in the application of employment law within New Zealand
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills
  • The ability to create and apply practical solutions to employment related issues
  • A Tertiary qualification in Law and a current practicing certificate

Work within a supportive and  collaborative team to drive strategic employment relations in partnership with unions and the wider business. If you are looking for an opportunity to break into New Zealand's largest business then please register your interest today. Applications close on the 30th of August do apply at your earliest convenience!


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