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Senior HR Business Partner

Job no: 851783
Location: Berwick or Mt Helen Campus
School/Area: People and Culture

At Federation University we transform lives and enhance communities

  • Diverse role in true partnering capacity > org change > planning > engagement
  • A conduit between HR teams to engage and influence senior stakeholder groups
  • Attractive remuneration + up to 17% super > 36.75 hour working week > additional paid leave days

A great opportunity

As we enter an exciting transformation phase, Federation University is seeking an experienced Senior HR Business Partner with a strategic mindset to play a pivotal role as a trusted advisor to the Vice-Chancellor and wider University leadership teams on all strategic HR matters.

Combining your HR business partnering expertise and passion for workforce planning, organisational change, coaching and building leadership capability, you will enhance core capabilities aligned with Federation Universities culture and values, to drive fundamental shifts in culture, engagement, and performance.

What you will deliver

  • Capability uplift to equip and enable senior leaders with the tools to effectively manage their people and help them perform and achieve their best, including assisting clients to develop business cases to support people proposals.
  • Change initiatives in partnership with the Centres of excellence through the effective and consistent use of methodology, coaching leaders, communication & engagement with staff, management of stakeholders and delivering actions to mitigate risks.
  • The universities workforce planning cycle in partnership with the people and culture Centres of excellence to identify both the capacity and capability required to deliver the people and culture business objectives
  • Organisational architecture (operating model, structure, role design and remuneration) in partnership with people and culture Centres of excellence to ensure it is aligned to the universities strategy and optimises efficiency in layers of management, spans of control, design and internal equity.
  • Robust people solutions ensuring workforce planning requirements, complex business challenges and opportunities while managing the balance between senior leader expectations and the universities strategy.
  • Measure the return on investment of people & culture initiatives. Execute activities effectively to achieve each initiative ensuring quality, timelines & cost are optimised.  Measure and monitor people and culture analytics and utilise them to optimise the people and culture agenda. 
  • Contribute to the talent cycle; identifying talent, facilitating talent review discussions, identifying key roles and potential successors. Strategically and systemically manage areas of potential risk through planning acquisition, development, retention and performance management actions required by the University.

What you need to succeed

  • A continuous improvement mindset with an innovative and practical lens which challenges the status quo.
  • Extensive knowledge of contemporary people and culture practices and strategies including strategic workforce planning, talent & performance management, remuneration and reward, and organisational change
  • Proven ability to manage change in a complex and often challenging work environment, including Unionised environments.
  • Extensive experience in the application of industrial awards, employment legislation, policies and procedures to investigate and respond to a broad range of human resources issues.
  • Demonstrated experience in coaching an executive team and collaborating with others in the pursuit of people and culture goals into the division
  • Proven ability to effectively negotiate with and influence senior clients and stakeholders to achieve support and strategic outcomes.
  • A passion for leveraging HR data and analytics to influence effective people strategies and positive outcomes.
  • Are a self-starter who can manage autonomous work as well as sharing ideas to drive team culture and success.

What we promise to provide

  • Attractive remuneration and up to 17% superannuation
  • 20 days annual leave per year, plus 4 bonus days per year.
  • Leave loading or exchange for additional leave days
  • 14 weeks of paid parental leave and 12 weeks paid return to work bonus
  • Additional personal leave in excess of statutory requirements
  • Up to 3 paid pupil free days
  • Hybrid work environment
  • Formal performance review and development program including a professional development catalogue
  • Childcare on campus (Mt Helen and Gippsland)
  • Recognition programs
  • Access to a variety of wellbeing programs
  • UniSports Health and Fitness Centre in Mt Helen
  • Strong diversity, inclusion, wellbeing and corporate responsibility priorities

How to apply

Please apply by Sunday, 4 December 2022.

Applicants are required to submit a resume and cover letter

To view the position description, please click here:  851783.pdf

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please email the Recruitment team or phone 03 5327 9756.  Our position descriptions also list a contact person for job specific enquiries.

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Diversity & Inclusion

We value diversity, embrace difference and nurture a connected, safe and respectful community. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people of all cultures, abilities, sexualities and genders.

Find out more about our Aboriginal and Torres Islander Employment Strategy.

Should you require additional support please email Organisational Development and Diversity.

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