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HR Business Partner

South East Water

Location: Frankston

Job Type: Full time


Who are we?

We’re here to help people live well and create a better and more sustainable future. We support healthy and liveable communities by delivering water, sewerage and recycled water services to 1.77 million people who rely on us every day and every night. At South East Water, we innovate with purpose and act with care to deliver healthy water for life. Fresh thinking and collaboration are at the heart of our organisation. We are constantly learning, embracing the challenges of today and excited by the opportunities that tomorrow will bring.

The role

The role of the Business Partner is to provide operational and strategic human resources advice and support. As a key member of the People Partnerships team, the Business Partner will be aligned to key stakeholder groups to ensure seamless design, delivery and execution of a full range of HR initiatives, thus supporting the delivery of the South East Water Safety, People and Wellbeing Strategy.

Activities include:

  • Provide effective operational business partnering and strategic support to senior stakeholders through trusted relationships
  • Providing advice and guidance on employee and industrial relations, including support to people leaders in relation to performance management and conduct
  • Development and implementation of HR projects, policies and procedures
  • Identifying gaps and contributing to the ongoing HR strategy
  • Interpreting the SEW Employees Enterprise Agreement and relevant industrial legislation
  • Support the delivery of organisational realignment, design and change management initiatives

Who are you?

Ideally armed with a degree in Human Resources or similar, as well as a minimum of three years’ demonstrated experience in a fast paced operational and commercial role as a HR Generalist, the successful candidate will possess the following skills, experience and knowledge, which will allow them to thrive in the role:

  • Demonstrated experience in providing Human Resources/IR/ER advice in a unionised environment within a medium to large sized organisation
  • Experience managing industrial related employee cases, including disciplinary processes, investigations and grievance resolution
  • Experience in supporting restructures
  • Significant knowledge and direct application of employment legislation, including the ability to interpret legislation, Awards and Industrial Agreements together with policies and procedures
  • A high level of initiative with an ability to proactively anticipate stakeholder needs and identify opportunities
  • Ability to develop highly effective working relationships by building capability, respect and rapport
  • Innovative approach with proven ability to identify opportunities, analyse data and use this information to design solutions
  • Ability to manage competing, high-priority demands, managing operational workload with delivery of initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate (written and verbal) with impact
  • Proficient with MS Word, Excel and systems relating to human resource management e.g. SuccessFactors, performance management, payroll/HRIS

Whats in it for you?

  • A commitment to work-life balance with truly flexible working arrangements, including hybrid working, leave purchasing and RDO options.
  • 14 weeks paid parental leave for all parents and paid super on unpaid parental leave
  • A range of benefits, including free on-site parking and cultural leave.
  • A great culture working in collaborative teams with strong work ethics.
  • Career focused learning and development opportunities.
  • The opportunity to be part of an organisation committed to environmental initiatives.
  • Enjoy modern office facilities with panoramic beachfront views.

We're for everyone

We do meaningful work, but how we do it is just as important. We’re here to help people live well, protect the environment, and keep healthy water and resources accessible and affordable for all.  We know to make a positive difference we need to support our people to be their very best. Flexibility and innovation are at the heart of how we work.  But it’s our people’s collective ambition, authenticity and differences that bring our culture to life. 

Our people are as diverse as the communities we serve. Everyone brings a unique voice and a refreshing perspective that keeps us innovating. It makes us better learners, thinkers and collaborators, helping create better outcomes for our customers. Even though we’re all different, we still share a common goal to deliver healthy water for life. 

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, members of the LGBTIQ+ community, people with disability and from culturally diverse backgrounds. We aim to provide an inclusive and accessible workplace for everyone. If you need any help with the application process or would like to discuss your reasonable adjustments during interviews, or to learn more about the role, please contact:

Keen to make an impact?

Click here to check out the position description. We're accepting applications for this exciting opportunity until Monday 30th January

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This is a Level 5 position