Team Leader –Sterile Services Unit, Nelson Hospital

Full-time (80 hours a fortnight)

  • Great leadership opportunity
  • Inspire and motivate others

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki tēnei mahi (About this position)

The theatre department at Nelson Hospital provides public acute and elective services. We are a friendly and supportive team focusing on providing a caring and professional environment. Our Theatre Suite consists of 6 Operating Theatres with a Recovery Room, a Sterile Services department and Endoscopy suite. 

This is a permanent full-time position working 80 hours a fortnight. Shifts are rostered and rotating, and may include weekends and on-call. 

Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? (Who is an appropriate applicant?)

You’ll hold a Certificate in Advanced Sterilising Technology – Level 5, or equivalent, recognised by the NZ Sterile Services Association (NZSSA) and have a minimum of two years recent experience in a Sterile Services/Theatre Technician role. You’ll also have great interpersonal skills, loads of initiative and be able to demonstrate that you have been involved with the development of sterile services quality systems, process improvement and change management. 

You will be highly organised, act as a role model, establish and maintain positive professional relationships, inspire and motivate others and build resilience in the team. It will be important that you develop a productive and cohesive team environment through the setting of clear goals, implementing of sound work processes and providing constructive feedback. 

Experience with rostering, training staff and managing their day-to-day performance, oversight of budgets and developing and reporting on KPIs and national standards would be a distinct advantage. 

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

Nelson Marlborough Health is the main health provider for the top of the south. Nearly 3,000 strong, we are Nelson and Marlborough’s largest employer, which means the opportunities here are endless. Our main locations are Nelson and Wairau Hospitals but we are spread across the region and service all parts of the community. Our work can be challenging, but we are up for it. We have a great team and we work hard to make difference. We value integrity, innovation, respect and teamwork.

Ētahi atu mōhiohio (More Information)

Ngā huanga o tēnei mahi (The benefits of this position)

Nelson is one of New Zealand’s top lifestyle destinations and offers an amazing variety of leisure pursuits, beaches, rivers and national parks with great opportunities for outdoor activities such as kayaking, tramping, skiing, golf, sailing, as well as abundant sunshine and outstanding scenery. For more information on the Nelson/Tasman region visit

Our team prides itself on our “all for one” “one for all” ethos. You will feel included, consulted and supported in our team. We work hard, we do a fantastic job and we enjoy doing it. Most importantly we achieve more by doing it together!!

Ētahi atu mōhiohio (More Information)

Me pēhea ahau e tono ai? (How do I apply?)

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 546 1274.

For role specific information please contact Scott Hunter, Charge Manager Manager - Theatre, Nelson Hospital on  

Keen to apply now, it’s easy. Please fill in our online application form. 


Applications close: Open until filled (Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible.)

Nelson Marlborough Health strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori and we recruit for cultural competence.  

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.

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Permanent/Full Time

Job no: N21-195

Location: Nelson Hospital

Closing Date: Open until filled