HR Consultant

Location:Sydney
Job Type:Full Time

About the opportunity

We now have an exciting opportunity for a self-motivated HR Consultant to join the HR Consulting team within HR Partnering. The HR Consultant provides operational advice and support to University leaders and managers, playing a key role in assisting with the delivery of positive organisational capability outcomes. With broad direction from other HR professionals, you will be primarily responsible for two type of service delivery:

  • execution, implementation and administration of new and existing HR policies, tools, programs and frameworks and
  • developing bespoke solutions to support managers in their day to day people-related operational activities, investigating issues, developing solutions/recommendations and supporting managers as required to implement the solutions.

The HR Consultant provides HR advice, information, guidance and support across a range of client groups as required. The HR Consultant activities may be initiated by the Manager, HR Consulting, an HR Partner, Associate Director, or other colleagues within HR Partnering to assist in the support of the University.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a HR Consultant who:

  • has experience in a HR Consultation or Coordination role in a large, complex and diverse organization
  • a pro-active approach to HR best-practice and continually looks for better ways of operating
  • possesses knowledge of HR principles and practices – from recruitment, on-boarding, performance management, remuneration & benefits, learning and development, industrial relations and diversity and experience in a few key fields
  • experience working within, or an appreciation for, a COE model within a HR function, with the ability to build relationships across the HR function and take a project management approach to work activities
  • demonstrates strong verbal communication skills with the ability to influence others to action
  • contributes through their understanding of employment frameworks e.g. industry legislation, awards, enterprise agreements and HR practices with commercial/business acumen
  • provides support/assistance to leaders and managers by providing timely, accurate and pragmatic advice/guidance/coaching on HR related matters.
  • enjoys a collaborative and energetic team environment, where knowledge sharing is key.

About us

The Human Resources function provides human resource management related advice, support and services across the University. There are three parts to the HR operating model; the HR Services; HR Centres of Expertise (COE) and HR Partnering teams. There are a number of Centres of Expertise designed to provide strategic design and consultative services necessary to execute HR initiatives identified in the Strategic Plan.

HR has an operating budget of approximately $24M and a headcount of approximately 145 FTE. This is supplemented by project funding, the quantum of which varies from year to year but is usually several million dollars. The position is a senior role within HR with a partnering and stakeholder engagement focus that supports client-focused operational excellence and collaboration across each of the HR streams.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach philanthropy and underpin our long-term strategy for excellence and growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by the reference number 331/0220C to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position


Closing date: 4:00pm, Monday 6 April 2020

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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