Management Positions

Senior HR Advisor

  • Newly created opportunity 
  • Pivotal HR generalist role
  • Based in central Wellington

Founded in 1946, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is the country’s national professional orchestra. They are committed to best practice in HR matters, a shared and productive organisational culture, excellent systems and processes and seek to offer all employees, both musicians and administration staff, opportunities for professional development.

Reporting to the Head of Corporate Services, the Senior HR Advisor is a newly created position and will be the subject matter expert and first point of contact for HR advice to the organisation’s 115 employees, including its 90 full-time musicians.

This is a true generalist role that will provide the successful candidate the opportunity to apply their knowledge and experience across the full Human Resources spectrum. You will lead and manage the organisation’s HR planning, policy and reporting, employee relations, training and development, recruitment and induction, as well as maintaining and improving the highly developed health and safety programme.

Empathetic, consultative and yet firm in your approach, you will know your craft well and will possess a strong understanding of relevant HR legislation and its practical implications. This is a pivotal role within a busy and diverse environment, which will provide the opportunity to work with a wide variety of interesting, talented and highly committed professionals.

Person Profile:

  • A track record of excellence in senior HR advisory or business partner roles
  • Sound working knowledge of everything HR, with the confidence and ability to deliver advice at all levels of the organisation
  • A collaborative approach with exceptional relationship management skills with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Superior communication, negotiation and conflict resolution capabilities
  • Effective planning, project management and organisational abilities
  • Interest in orchestral/symphonic music
  • A relevant tertiary qualification, or a combination of qualifications and experience

Applications close: 5.00pm, Tuesday 30 September 2014
Contact: Nikki Walshaw
Reference: 6813N

P: 04 499 1069
E: mcla@mclaren.co.nz
W: mclaren.co.nz

Orchestra Positions

Sub-Principal French Horn 2 (contract 26 January – 5 December 2015)

  • Applications close: Tuesday 28 October, 2014
  • Recorded auditions due by: Friday 31 October, 2014
  • Live audition date: Wednesday 5 November, 2014 (Wellington, New Zealand)

Audition requirements will be available from Friday 19 September 2014

Information Letter
Application Form

Section Principal French Horn (international applicants welcome)

  • Applications close: Wednesday 5 November, 2014
  • Recorded auditions due by: Tuesday 11 November, 2014
  • Live audition date: Friday 14 November, 2014 (Wellington, New Zealand)

Audition requirements will be available from Friday 19 September 2014

Information Letter
Application Form

Section Principal Double Bass (international applicants welcome)

  • Applications close: Friday 21 November, 2014
  • Recorded auditions due by: Thursday 27 November, 2014
  • Live audition dates: Tuesday 2 December, 2014 (Wellington, New Zealand)

Audition requirements will be available from Friday 19 September 2014

Information Letter
Application Form

The NZSO is Aotearoa/New Zealand’s only full-time, full-strength, professional symphony orchestra. It has a young, supremely talented music director who is in demand from orchestras all around the world. Its guest conductors and soloists are of the finest calibre. The Orchestra itself achieves high artistic standards that are regularly acknowledged in reviews of its CDs in leading journals worldwide. The Orchestra’s programmes are creative and innovative while nevertheless mining the deep satisfactions of the symphonic repertoire. An NZSO concert is a thrilling experience, with great performances supported by skilled and helpful professionals in operations and client services.

We are uncompromising in the artistic demands that we place upon ourselves and idealistic about taking the riches of symphonic music to New Zealanders of all walks of life and socio-economic circumstances. The NZSO gives over 100 concerts per annum in 30 different New Zealand centres, reaching a live audience of 125,000 and countless more through CD recordings and broadcasts on Radio New Zealand Concert. The orchestra maintains a strong education programme.

The mantra that shapes our corporate culture is “Quality and Coverage”.

The orchestra’s artistic mission is promoted through cutting-edge marketing that helps ensure an average audience capacity of 80% is achieved. Since box office revenue is matched by corporate sponsorship, the NZSO is committed to building strong relationships in the business world.

Our full calendar of symphonic activity requires shrewd and expert financial management. As a not-for-profit company with an annual turnover of $17 million and a zero-based year-end target, our budgets have very fine margins. It is imperative that they are accurate and that the artistic, marketing, and operations teams – and above all the orchestra itself – delivers on them.

The NZSO provides a unique working environment. It is the country’s national orchestra established by Act of Parliament as a Crown Entity. As such, it is monitored by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage it has a civil service dimension. It is governed by a cabinet-appointed board that is able to contribute a wide range of commercial and corporate experience. The NZSO thus incorporates an unusual mix of public service accountability and commercial savvy.

The NZSO offers excellent working conditions for its 90 musicians and nearly 30 management staff. Most of the management staff are based in Wellington in spacious offices adjacent to the Michael Fowler Centre and Wellington Town Hall. We maintain a smaller office in Auckland. The NZSO is committed to best practice in HR matters. We seek to offer all employees – both musicians and management – opportunities for professional development and maintains a strong health and safety programme. We encourage a culture of enjoyment and pride in what the whole NZSO family achieves and do our best to facilitate a healthy work/life balance.

Our location in New Zealand’s capital city offers employees a healthy lifestyle in beautiful surroundings with sport, recreation and cultural opportunities readily at hand.

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