Senior Manager - People and Culture

Reference Number: 7849aa

Location: Christchurch

  • National role with operational and strategic focus
  • Flexible location, but Christchurch preferred
  • Well respected professional services brand
  • Dynamic and growth focused business        


About The Role

The Senior Manager – People & Culture (P&C) is a key voice in the executive team and a strategically important role for the firm.  Reporting to the CEO and leading a high performing P&C team you will work closely with partners and management across the firm providing strategic and operational support, rolling up your sleeves when required.  Key areas of focus include:

  • Embedding values, building an engaged workforce and continuing to shape the firm’s culture
  • Execution of the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy, ensuring adaptation to a changing workforce
  • Effective leadership of the geographically dispersed people and culture team
  • Development of an internal coaching and mentoring programme
  • Implement and embed the wellbeing programme and initiatives across the firm
  • A focus on external branding and sourcing strategies, succession planning and talent development.

This is a great opportunity to work alongside a CEO and leadership team of this calibre and for a professional services organisation with a well-established brand, that genuinely cares for its people. 


Skills & Experience

The successful candidate will be a senior P&C generalist with proven experience working collaboratively in a professional services environment and demonstrated ability to step outside the ‘pure people & culture professional’ label to contribute as a strategic executive. You will have:

  • A pragmatic and mature approach, with the confidence to influence at senior level and stand your ground when appropriate
  • The resilience to move effortlessly between the operational and strategic requirements of this role
  • Proven capability in successfully designing, delivering and embedding a variety of cultural and organisational development initiatives 
  • Experience with effectively leading people & culture teams (including remote staff) along with excellent relationship management skills and ability to gain credibility, building the People and Culture profile
  • Exceptional writing skills with experience writing board reports and internal communications.



Duncan Cotterill has grown to become one of the leading law firms in New Zealand. They have achieved this because they are very clear about where they are heading and what they want to achieve. They have a strong set of values and are totally committed to working alongside their clients to help them achieve their goals. They offer:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Flexible working options
  • Training & development opportunities
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • Discounted legal advice
  • Birthday, parental, long service & study leave
  • Employee Assistance programme
  • Subsidised social club


About the Company

Duncan Cotterill has five offices in five distinct markets underpinned by an energetic, diverse, and collegial partnership.  As a full-service law firm with a national presence, they occupy a unique position in the legal market, delivering quality legal advice and exceptional value to clients, including leading private and public sector organisations and high net worth individuals.



Everything that they do is built upon the firm's values. Their values are unique - they are why people enjoy working for the firm and why their clients relish working alongside them. These values tell a story of not only who they are, but also what they stand for, what is important to them, and what has been key to their long-standing success.


  • Authenticity

Our people are real, pragmatic and down to earth. We are genuine in our approach, with each other and our clients.

  • Excellence

Excellence in everything we do - all client (external and internal) interactions. 

  • Enterprising

We are enterprising and client focused.

  • He tāngata

It's the people - we care about people. Our partners, teams and clients are important to us.


To apply in strict confidence now, please complete the ‘apply for this job’ application form, attaching your cover letter and CV. Applications close on 25 October 2021.  Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

Click here to view the Candidate Briefing document.

For more information please phone Louise Green on +64 3 353 4367.

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