Group General Manager People

Ministry of Social Development

  • Wellington

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.

We deliver assistance including income, employment and housing support to people of all ages, families, whānau and communities as well as providing social policy and advice to Government.

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.

The role

The Group General Manager People (GGM People) leads the function that enables our 9000 people to do their best for our clients. The role covers a wide range of activity from the development and implementation of our People Strategy, to the delivery of services including recruitment, advisory services, training and development and payroll.  The GGM People is the Ministry’s lead advisor on people, culture and employment relations matters and works closely with the Leadership Team to connect our people strategy and delivery with the organisational strategy – Te Pae Tawhiti.

This role works closely with Te Kawa Mataaho and other agencies to leverage the strengths of people capability across the public sector.

While reporting to the Deputy Chief Executive People and Capability, the GGM People works closely with the Chief Executive and the Leadership Team to provide advice and guidance.

About you

The GGM People will be an experienced operational leader with experience at working in large and complex organisations. You will need to be collaborative, have excellent communications skills, be culturally competent and understand front line service delivery.  As an established senior leader, you will have had experience in leading a significant function in a large and complex organisation where you have had a high level of strategic engagement with boards, chief executives and executive teams.

You will have experience of developing and delivering people focused strategy, particularly workforce planning and development. As the Ministry is in a period of rapid change, experience leading or being part of an organisational transformation would be desirable.

How to Apply

Applications close: 12:00am, Sunday 19 September 2021.

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 competencies 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.

If you have any questions regarding the role, or would like to have a confidential conversation please contact Gerrad van Ooyen, Director: HR Operations on 

Position Description

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.



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