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General Manager – People & Culture - Port Marlborough


  • Newly created senior HR leadership role
  • Strategic and functional people & culture expertise
  • Based in Waitohi-Picton, in the heart of the majestic Marlborough Sounds

Port Marlborough is a forward thinking, diverse regional port, and marina business with a wide range of shipping and marine activities across multiple sites in Waitohi-Picton, Havelock and the Marlborough Sounds.  With a clear vision to lead the way as an environmentally restorative port, driving success for Marlborough, the Port’s mission is to deliver shared economic, social, and environmental value through productive and enduring partnerships: People, Planet and Prosperity through Partnerships.

About the role

The Port is in a period of growth, both in terms of major capital programme and operational activity and has grown to the size that it requires focused and specialist people experience at the senior level.  This new created role of GM People & Culture is a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), reporting to the Chief Executive.

GM People & Culture will have responsibility at both the strategic and functional level for overall administration, coordination and evaluation of human resources, plans, policy, strategy, and programs across the organisation. 

Specifically, this will include developing, in collaboration with the SLT, the overall People Strategy and take responsibility for its execution. Taking accountability for delivery of a wide range of initiatives including: workforce planning, culture change, attracting, and developing talent, organisational development, lifting capability and performance, delivering payroll and providing robust HR/ER advice.

About you

You will come with proven experience in a senior HR leadership role with a track record in the development and execution of impactful people & culture outcomes in a growing organisation and potentially in a similar type of environment.

You will have the ability to effectively participate at the senior leadership level and a skill set that supports building strong relationships with colleagues and multiple stakeholders, including unions, to build high levels of trust.  Combined with this you will thrive on culture change and know how to support and enable leaders across an organisation.

This is an exciting senior role for a talented individual and a great opportunity to work in a committed, progressive team for an employer of choice.

To Apply

To view the job description and to apply please visit

Applications close Friday 9th June 2023.

To find out more contact Melisa Kappely ph 027 734 0392 or [email protected]

Employment Type:  Full-time

Capability Level:  Shapes

Domains of Knowledge: Attraction, Recruitment and Selection, Employment Relations, Learning and Development, Employee Engagement and Experience, Workforce Planning, Payroll Management, Leading the HR Function, Organisational Development 

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