Business Support Coordinator


  • Permanent Full Time
  • Canterbury

Location: Open to all locations

Term:  Permanent, Full time

Do you want to work for a company intimately involved in supporting New Zealand's response to COVID-19?

  • Would you like to be a part of a group working with Māori?
  • Are you looking for an opportunity that offers unlimited growth and job security?

You might have heard of us. We are the science expertise behind the Genomic Sequencing and Wastewater Testing Jacinda and Ashley speak about during the COVID-19 briefings. ESR focuses on keeping New Zealander's safe and healthy. If you are curious about science that makes an impact, from the water we drink, to the health of our country in a global pandemic, we want you to join us.

Your new role 

We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated and driven Business Support Coordinator to join our Māori Impact Group. With a primary focus of supporting the General Manager Māori Impact, this new position will suit an individual with strong administration, communication and relationship management skills who is confident in making an impact within our organisation.

We are looking for a new team member who wants a role that provides an opportunity to exercise their competencies and expand their knowledge and skills. Daily activities may vary but the opportunity to use initiative, innovative thinking and to make an impact will remain the same, lockdown or no lockdown. The Business Support Coordinator position would suit an enthusiastic, energetic, and passionate individual who wants to grow in their career. While at the same time learning about the Mātauranga Māori and modern science knowledge that keeps New Zealand and its people healthy and safe.

Our He Pūtaiao He Tāngata Māori Impact Group focuses on creating new opportunities through the meeting of Mātauranga Māori and modern science knowledge. As such the ability to work in a culturally responsive manner is a requirement. An awareness of the working relationship of iwi, hapū, Māori businesses, government agencies, and Māori research communities would be advantageous, but is not essential.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Meeting and Event Coordination
  • Assistance in preparing documents, reports and presentations
  • Other administrative and project management duties to support GM Māori Impact as required
  • Diary and travel management

Ideally you will bring 

  • Previous experience in an administrative or operations role
  • Exceptional communication skills - oral and written
  • Exceptional organisational and time management skills
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy
  • Experienced in Microsoft applications in particular Word, Excel, Outlook and Teams
  • A passion to build and grow your own skills and knowledge
  • Team player with a dedication to supporting your team
  • An interest in the work we do

What you can expect from us

We are committed to attracting the very best people and can offer the ideal candidate a constructive workplace culture, future training and development and attractive employment benefits. ESR promotes active work/life policies including remote working arrangements, family-friendly initiatives and flexible hours. You will also be part of a very unique institution that supports the wellbeing of the community and wider New Zealand. Did we mention Jacinda and Ashley know us?

Who we are

The Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) is a Crown Research Institute, working with and for clients and stakeholders to deliver enhanced scientific research services for the economic, environmental and social wellbeing of New Zealand.  ESR has approximately 400 staff with sites across New Zealand.

We're undertaking an ambitious programme of transformation to achieve greater impact from our science and research; we are investing in deeper, more strategic research with Māori communities across the motu for better health and environmental outcomes. 

To apply

A position description for this role can be found by clicking the Apply button.

We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about this opportunity. If you'd like more information, please contact Jymal Morgan, General Manager Māori Impact, on 021 872 590.

Please note the successful applicant will be required to complete a pre-employment drug-screen and police records check as conditions of employment.

Applicants must have the legal right to work in New Zealand.

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