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Auckland District Health Board

Applications close: 2 February 2022

Service Manager, Sterile Services

  • Key senior leadership, high impact position with New Zealand’s leading District Health Board
  • Lead and develop a complex set of health services
  • Outstanding opportunity to promote innovation & drive improvement process

In this role you will be provide leadership and effective day-to-day operational management of the Sterile Sciences Service Department in line with Auckland DHB’s strategy and goals and deliver sustainable results. You are accountable to the Director of Perioperative Services in line with the organisation’s key result areas of:-

  • Increased Patient Safety
  • Better Quality Care
  • Economic Sustainability
  • Improved Health Status
  • Staff Engagement

As the ideal candidate for this role, you will:-

  • be tertiary qualified with a track record in logistics, business and financial management preferably within the health sector
  • have the ability to lead performance improvement, innovation and efficiency in a complex stakeholder environment
  • possess a depth of leadership experience with a collaborative style
  • have a strong commitment to best practice patient care and delivering to health targets
  • demonstrate hands on knowledge of new technologies and quality standards
  • preferably have a proven background delivering a SSSD service within a complex, high volume, multi-site organisation are essential.

Follow this link to details of the role and how to apply: ADHB Service Manager Sterile Services

Hawkes Bay District Health Board

Applications close when positions are filled

Permanent positions available 

Due to the new theatre expansion, we are looking for Trainee Technicians/Technicians to join our Sterile Services team to assist in the provision of an efficient sterilisation service.

You will need to be motivated, flexible and an enthusiastic team player.

The role involves the reprocessing of reusable instruments and equipment for the Hawke’s Bay DHB Theatre, Wards and Departments and external clients.

You will be required to work all rostered and rotating shifts which includes night shifts and weekends.

The Values of the Hawke’s Bay health sector are:

  • He kauanuanu  – Respect
  • Ākina – Improvement
  • Rāranga te tira  – Teamwork
  • Tauwhiro – Care

This position can be found on-line on the Hawkes Bay District Health Board website – vacancies:

For any enquires you can contact June Isted – or 027 6429467

New Year, New Start. Come to the beautiful Hawkes Bay and make a new life with a friendly diverse team ☺

Southern District Health Board

Sterile Services Technician position – Permanent Full Time at Southland Hospital, Invercargill

Applications Close: 4 February 2022

About Us

We are a team of patient focused, dedicated professionals who are responsible for the reprocessing and distribution of reusable medical devices used in our Operating Theatre and other clinical areas. The role involves a series of complex interrelated processes that include decontamination, inspection, assembly, packaging and sterilisation of all reusable medical devices to a high standard.

About the opportunity

You will become part of an experienced, high quality driven, supportive team who are all trained in this specialised profession. This role is like no other, it is both physically and mentally demanding, you’re required to complete complex tasks that require high levels of concentration, undertake manual, dexterous work and operate a broad range of equipment.

We offer on the job training with a comprehensive orientation programme, opportunities for further development and study to become a qualified Sterile Services Technician.

You will be required to work rotating, rostered shifts including weekends and evenings.

About you

This isn’t just ‘a job’. This is a role where the very small things that you do, matter greatly.

Key criteria:

  • Being methodical and remaining calm under pressure.
  • Ability to follow written instructions closely
  • A team player with excellent communication skills.
  • Quality driven
  • Good organisation and attention to detail skills
  • Positive attitude

Please note: applicants should apply with the understanding that weekend and evening shift work is a requirement.

Link for applications:


Mercy Hospital Dunedin

Mercy Hospital has opportunities for Technicians and a service Coordinator. Closing date: 4 weeks

Here is a summary of each vacancy and the role descriptions

Sterile Services Technician – permanent full time

Technician role description

Become a valued team member in a busy hospital environment responsible for ensuring exceptional care. This is Monday to Friday work on a rotating roster with full on the job training and Christmas and New Year holidays off.

About the Role

The Theatre Sterile Services Technician role is responsible for providing optimum patient care through effective sterilisation, preparation and maintenance of instruments and equipment for Theatre.

This is a permanent, full time role offered at 1.0FTE to be worked on a rotating roster Monday-Friday.

The successful person does not need to hold relevant qualifications in this area and prior experience is not essential but would be advantageous.

Specific duties include:

  • Reprocessing and sterilising all instruments and equipment to the required standard.
  • Understand and work within the AS/NZ 4187:2014 and ACHS Equip6 standards.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills of correct function, monitoring and safe use of washers, autoclaves, Steris machines and Hydrogen Peroxide low temperature sterilisation.

For more information about the role duties, please see attached position description.

Skills and Experience:

  • Previous experience in a healthcare/theatre setting would be advantageous.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm and a proactive, flexible attitude.


Sterile Services Coordinator – permanent full time

Coordinator Role Description

Join a dedicated team of healthcare professionals and take the next steps in your career. This is Monday to Friday work and Christmas and New Year holidays off. Support with professional development will be given.

About the Role

We have an exciting opportunity for a qualified and experienced CSSD professional to take the next steps in their career.

The Sterile Services Coordinator role is responsible for providing leadership and support to the Sterile Services team to ensure an efficient and effective CSSD.  This role also ensures Sterile Services are delivered in accordance with AS/NZ 4187:2014 and best practice.

This is a permanent role offered at 1.0FTE or 40 hours per week role to be worked Monday-Friday with the rare weekend shift to ensure departmental needs are covered appropriately.

Specific duties include:

  • Ensure the education and learning of the team enables them to practice tasks competently and safely to the required standard.
  • Ensure all resources inclusive of staffing, machinery and equipment are in place to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the Sterile Services Department.
  • Manage all risks involved with machinery and reusable medical devices in the Sterile Services department to ensure both patient and staff safety.

For more information about the role duties, please see attached position description.

Skills and Experience:

  • 5 years’ experience in a similar role
  • Ability to lead by example and work collaboratively to meet departmental requirements
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and relationship skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail and time management
  • Enthusiasm and a proactive, flexible attitude.

The successful person must hold a Current NZSSA Qualification or equivalent certification plus a minimum of 5 years working as a qualified CSSD Technician and have NZSSA Certification.

Why Mercy Hospital?

Joining the team at Mercy means more than just having a job, but being part of a team that works together towards a shared purpose. At Mercy we value those who are not only skilled in what they do but those who are committed and passionate about working towards the common good.

As a Mercy employee, you will be provided support in a warm and friendly environment, with access to further training, personal and professional development which may include in-house training and post graduate studies.

Mercy also has an extensive range of benefits and recreational activities on offer for all staff.

How to Apply

Follow this link and click “Apply” to complete an online application.

For more information about Mercy Hospital Dunedin, please visit our website at

If you have any queries, please refer to our enquiry page on our website:

Please note we do not accept applications via email.

Nelson Hospital Sterile Services Team Leader

Applications close: Open until the position is filled

Full-time (80 hours a fortnight), Vacancy no: N21-641

  • Great leadership opportunity
  • Inspire and motivate others
  • Ongoing relevant study support

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 six 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 and/or Theatre Technician role. You’ll also have great interpersonal skills and loads of initiative.

You will:

  • be highly organised
  • have a positive attitude and 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 are the type of person who builds and develops 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, as well as oversight of budgets and developing and reporting on KPIs and national standards would be a distinct advantage; however, training can be provided.

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.

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

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or +64 3 546 1274.

For role specific information please contact Monette Johnston, Nurse Manager Theatres (Nelson and Wairau) on

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

Applications will be reviewed as received so we encourage you to apply early.



Canterbury District Health Board

Sterile Services Operations Team Leader

  • Permanent, full-time vacancy
  • Play your part in maintaining a reliable service to clinical operating areas
  • Highly experienced and knowledgeable team
  • Plenty of opportunities for continual professional development

Our Purpose:  Why we do it

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 people that live in the Canterbury region. Our primary goal is to put people at the heart of everything we do.

The Team:  What we do

Our Sterile Services department at the brand new Waipapa Hospital are an integral part of ensuring quality service provision to our community. To ensure that we continue to offer the best patient care our key team keeps things running smoothly from behind the scenes. We provide a service to decontaminate, pack and sterilise instruments for the operating theatres and many other departments.

We’re currently looking for a Operations Team Leader to join us on a permanent full-time basis (40 hours pw/1 FTE). Hours will be negotiated at interview.

The Role:  Where you fit in

As the Operations Team Leader you’ll be responsible for ensuring a quality and operational Sterile service to our customers within the DHB on a day-to-day basis, effectively supporting the department Clinical Manager while being hands-on within the department. Also, to provide Customer Service to our wide-ranging hospital customer base.

In this role, you will have the following proven capabilities:

  • Drives for superior personal and professional performance
  • Previous leadership experience preferred
  • Design and review cross functional change initiatives in conjunction with the Sterile Services team
  • Three plus years Sterile Services department experience
  • An expert knowledge of AS/NZS4187:2014
  • Ability to communicate with key stakeholders towards an agreed goal
  • Ability to support department Clinical manager in mentoring and coaching a team of 50+ Sterile Sciences professionals

Our Culture

Care and respect for others. Manaaki me te whakaute i te tangata.

Integrity in all we do. Hāpai i ā mātou mahi katoa i runga i te pono.

Responsibility for outcomes. Te Takohanga i ngā hua.


We have an employee benefits programme available to all staff of the CDHB called Something for You. CDHB staff are entitled to preferential rates at a wide selection of partners across fashion, finance, health, lifestyle and more. either on a permanent basis or at exclusive events throughout the year. For both the things you need and the things you just want, as a CDHB employee you will be sure to enjoy being able to choose a little Something For You.

We are committed to helping you to construct your Professional Development Pathway out of the components that are best for you, resulting in better patient outcomes.

If this role is something that sounds exciting to you, please apply now

E koekoe te tūi, e ketekete te kākā, e kūkū te kereru!

It takes all people!

How to Apply

Applications are only accepted online so please visit our website at to complete an application.

Candidates will be progressed as they apply so please don’t hesitate to send through your application.

Contact us on for additional information.

Southern Cross Central Lakes Hospital Queenstown

Applications close: 16 December 2021

Sterile Services Technician

If you want Growth, Innovation and Quality. Southern Cross Central Lakes Hospital Queenstown is where you want to be!

Southern Cross Central Lakes Hospital Queenstown, is a joint venture partnership between Southern Cross Healthcare and Central Lakes Trust. Our Facility is a state-of-the-art private surgical hospital opening towards the end of the year in the heart of the business district in Queenstown.

Our business is focused on transforming New Zealand’s private healthcare and creating the best place for care anywhere in the world. Our aspiration is to deliver healthcare that is built on the highest quality, the best people and the latest technology.

We are currently seeking an experienced Sterile Service Technician to join our team for a January 2022 start.

As a member of the team, you will be required to provide a high standard of sterilising service consisting of the decontamination, inspection, assembly, packing and sterilisation of reusable medical devices.

To be a part of the team you will need:

  • To have a current or previous sterile services experience within the Operating Theatre
  • Have a NCEA Level one certificate or equivalent
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ideally be working towards a NZSSA Certificate in Sterilisation Level 4

What we can offer you:

  • Working for an innovative and world class health care organisation
  • Career and leadership development
  • Subsidised health insurance
  • Competitive remuneration package

If you are passionate about quality patient care, proactive, put patients first, are energetic and keen to be part of an exciting new team, we look forward to hearing from you.

Make the change you have always been looking for and apply now!

Please submit your CV and Cover Letter to Michelle Hempleman at to be considered for this role

Wairarapa District Health Board

Applications Close: When position is filled

Sterile Services Technician positions – part time and full time

Vacancy No: 5730871

We have a fantastic opportunity for motivated and organised people who are either interested in becoming a qualified Sterile Services Technician or those that are already qualified.

You will work as part of a small multi skilled team in the Central Sterile Services Department (CSSD) providing sterile services to the Wairarapa DHB and in particular our Operating Theatres for acute and elective surgical and medical procedures.

For those interested in a trainee position, the DHB will support you fully in all training requirements to attain the qualification, and your service with be bonded to the DHB in recognition of this.

For those interested in a qualified technician role, you must be an NZSSA Certificated Sterile Technician.

These roles are permanent full or part-time, working Monday to Friday (actual hours by agreement).  You will also be required to participate on the weekend after hours on call roster (for trainees once orientated and trained).

Please indicate in your covering letter the number of hours per fortnight that you would be interested in working.

For further information please contact Tracey Kereopa – CSSD Manager on 027 582 9541.

Click here for the Role Description