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Title:  Senior Employee Relations Advisor

Job Number:  12830

Sydney, NSW, AU, 2009

About John Holland

We're all about transforming lives by finding solutions to complex challenges. We do that by providing leading design, engineering, construction and asset operations, across infrastructure, transport, building and property in Australia and New Zealand.

From the epic, to the intimate, everything we do improves life for someone, somewhere. It gives our business momentum and means we approach things a little differently.

While our competitors talk about what they do, we focus on why we do it. We transform communities to make them easier to move around, more connected and better to live in.

Are you up for the challenge?

About you and the role:

In this varied role based in our Pyrmont office, you will be part of our National Advisory Service Employee Relations (NASER) team, which sits as part of our broader Employee Relations (ER) team.

The ER team provides centralised ER and HR support to our business of over 5,000 employees. The NASER team is the national point of contact for business units, projects and employees for all general Employee Relations and Human Resources matters.

Reporting to the NASER Manager, you will be a confident and autonomous advisor with a strong foundation in providing ER advice. You will support stakeholders at all levels regarding diverse employment related problems for both white-collar and blue-collar employees.

You will enjoy working in a close-knit team and collaborating on case management and ER strategy. You will have the utmost respect for confidentiality, thrive under pressure, and be a natural problem solver. You will have high level drafting skills and attention to detail, and the ability to quickly turn around advice and relevant work products. This is a great opportunity to transition in-house and build new skills in providing commercial and pragmatic advice to a range of internal stakeholders in a fast paced environment.

Responsibilities of the role include:

  • Deliver timely, consistent and effective ER solutions and service support to the operational requirements of business units and projects
  • Advise on end-to-end case management including but not limited to counselling & disciplinary matters, termination and grievances
  • Undertake complex investigations as required, including gathering evidence and preparing investigation reports
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and maintenance of policies and procedures, in alignment with current legislation and ER management practices
  • Review and maintain ER documentation as required, e.g. warnings, termination letters and investigation documents
  • Provide on-site support for business units and projects in delivering ER/HR outcomes
  • Lead project work through researching, designing, implementing and delivering ER initiatives
  • Contribute to a team culture of accountability, delivery and performance excellence
  • Identify and implement the use of appropriate technology, ER/HR processes, and ER/HR systems

To be successful in this key role, you must have:

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Ideally, you will also have a current Australian Practising Certificate
  • 5 years' professional experience in ER, including law firm, employer association, or in-house experience
  • Ability to build positive and effective professional relationships
  • Ability to solve problems and identify process improvement
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of national and state regulatory frameworks
  • Knowledge of employment legislation, including government policy
  • Knowledge of contracts and commercial awareness

As part of the team, you help us deliver on our promise to transform lives.

Your success is reflected in ours, so we're committed to being an employer of choice. We pride ourselves on having a diverse and inclusive workplace, as different perspectives and ideas will deliver our long-term success.

We'll do all we can to help you develop your skills, and make a difference, right from the start. We have a flexible workplace and focus on all aspects of your physical and mental health and safety. We want you to be with us for the long-term, so providing you with rich career experiences and ongoing development is our priority.

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