Michelle Bicknell – Human Resources Manager

Michelle Bicknell – Human Resources Manager for Onyx Capital/Maungatapere Berries

My area of responsibility is the recruitment, training and support of our workforce. The rostering of employees each week is a massive undertaking, especially in the peak harvest season. Performance management and training of our people is really important to me and helps to create a motivated and an efficient well-functioning team. I am passionate about building a great culture and I am fortunate that the Malley’s are supportive with the scope of pastoral care we offer our employees. In addition, my other responsibilities are Health & Safety and the rostering of our workforce. Peaking at 170+ employees in the main harvest season it is a constant challenge to meet the needs of the business and of our employees.

I’ve been with the company for over 2 years, prior to this I had 25 years in the NZ Police, 9 years as a sworn Police Officer, including Detective training, then 15 years in various administrative roles as a non-sworn member such as a Workforce Analyst.

My favourite thing about working here is the people… so cliched but the diversity of my colleagues, the management team and our employees makes coming to work every day enjoyable. My work is constantly evolving with the challenges from having a large workforce there is always something to learn and I love the progressiveness of the business. Working in a beautiful orchard beats the corporate environment, and gumboots over high heels is great!

My hobbies outside of work include travel, interior design and landscaping.