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Position Title: HR Specialist 

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Timaru 

Requisition ID: 25794 



Potatoes. French Fries. Taters. You love them, we make them. In fact, we make 1 in 4 of the world’s frozen potato products and if you have eaten fries this week, there is a good chance they were ours.

We are passionate about potatoes. But we’re even more passionate about our People!

Our high performing HR team is looking to add another super star to their squad! This exciting role will see you as a trusted advisor and partner to implement our people strategy and drive programs of work aligning with our business’s strategic priorities.

In this role, the HR Specialist will be responsible for: 


  • Employee Relations
  • Labour Relations
  • Talent Acquisition of High Volume roles (Plant, Manufacturing and related)
  • Site support of strategic initiative such as; employee engagement, diversity and Inclusion, attraction & retention, leadership development and succession planning


 About the Role

  • Support people managers and employees with employee and labour relations issues
  • Execute local recruitment efforts
  • Manage candidate assessment and selection process 
  • Supporting the leadership team in driving employee engagement 
  • Process voluntary and involuntary separations 
  • Work with the Employee Experience Centre and HRBPs to manage reductions in force / redundancy efforts, as well as employee retirements 
  • Work with any relevant local authorities / vendors to ensure local legal requirements and business needs are adhered to 
  • Share insights and trends with key stakeholders to drive more effective / efficient HR customer service delivery

About You

  • Demonstrated experience in a similar HR Generalist role (you might currently be a HR Officer or HR Advisor)
  • Bachelor degree in Human Resources or a related field would be well regarded
  • Ability to apply HR knowledge / experience across HR policies, programs, processes and functions 
  • Knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations 
  • Proven teamwork capabilities; strong relationship management and interpersonal skills
  • Strong ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with impact and handle confidential information 
  • Working knowledge of HR systems is beneficial, particularly SAP and SuccessFactors


What's in it for you?

  • Opportunity to be a part of a global iconic brand
  • Employee & Family Assistance Program
  • Pioneering, innovative and dedicated development programs
  • Family values workplace 
  • Attractive salary package
  • Relocation assistance available


If you want to be a part of a flourishing, supportive environment and are inspired by the prospect of being a part of something bigger, Apply Now!



McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace.  As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger. 
McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

The health and safety of McCain employees and their families has been our number one priority since the start of COVID-19 pandemic. With vaccination restrictions easing across the globe we do not currently require employees to be vaccinated, but we reserve the right to change this mandate in line with health guidance and regulations in each country.
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Job Family: Human Resources      
Division: ANZ 
Department: ​HR - Hastings ​
Location(s): NZ - New Zealand : Canterbury : Timaru || NZ - New Zealand : Auckland : Auckland || NZ - New Zealand : Canterbury : Christchurch || NZ - New Zealand : Hawke's Bay : Hastings || NZ - New Zealand : Other : Reference job description || NZ - New Zealand : Wellington Region : Wellington 

Company: McCain Foods (NZ) Limited 

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