Senior Workplace Strategy Consultant

Adelaide, Australia
11 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
23 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time


The Senior Workplace Strategy Consultant supports our senior leadership team in the development of our employee relations strategy, our Enterprise Agreement and change initiatives. With our current Enterprise Agreement expiring in 2018, this will be a central focus for this senior role. The successful candidate will be someone who sees the potential of employee relations to build a strong culture, who is motivated to lead people focused change, and who understands the value of a high quality, enabling enterprise agreement. It will take an experienced individual with strong research skills, proven project management skills and demonstrable written ability to work both collaboratively and independently to achieve quality outcomes. A background in industrial relations would be preferable, but above all you will offer insight from your experience of working in a complex organisation of diverse employment arrangements to achieve a constructive environment.


The University of South Australia is an enterprising and dynamic, outward-looking institution established in 1991, but built on more than 150 years of teaching, learning and research excellence of our antecedent institutions. We are South Australia’s largest university, and continue to enjoy a strong upward trajectory across a number of key indicators and global rankings - we are ranked amongst the top 3% of universities worldwide and in the top 50 international universities under 50 years of age.

Known for our strong and engaged research and our experientially-based teaching and learning, all activities are conducted in close collaboration with business, industry, government and the professions. We offer a wide range of educational choices across our four academic divisions – business; education, arts and social sciences; health sciences; and information technology, engineering and the environment. We are also home to a range of dedicated research institutes and centres, as well as co-operative research centres that - in collaboration with industry, government, university and research partners - are focused on helping to deliver practical and enduring solutions to real-world problems.

People Talent and Culture Unit:

The University is committed to building a high performing, sustainable workforce, dedicated to the provision of excellence so that we deliver on our promise to study with the best. The People Talent & Culture Unit provides strategic and operational direction to encourage best practice in support of our staff through strategy development, leadership, policy development, consultancy, coaching and advice. The People Talent & Culture Unit is comprised of the following teams:

  • Partnerships
  • Recruitment and Workforce Planning
  • People Development and Performance
  • Workplace Strategy and Change
  • Employee Relations
  • Workplace Health & Safety
  • Payroll
  • Information Management
  • Remuneration


This position reports directly to the Associate Director: Workplace Strategy.

Key stakeholders

  • Senior Management Group
  • Academic and professional leaders across the University
  • People, Talent & Culture staff
  • University lawyers (internal & external)
  • Australian Higher Education Industrial Association
  • Key HR staff at other universities and unions.


  1. Provide effective advice in the development of a University strategy for enterprise bargaining.
  2. Develop project plans and conduct quality research to inform the management agenda and responses to Union claims.
  3. Prepare clear and constructive briefings, communications and correspondence to University management, staff and external parties including unions.
  4. Co-ordinate meetings, assist with the drafting of clear and constructive clauses; co-ordinate the enterprise agreement approval process; develop and deliver a plan to implement key initiatives with a new enterprise agreement.
  5. Within the University framework lead the development of effective change solutions that align to strategies; maximise change adoption and mitigate people impacts and risks.
  6. Effectively manage key stakeholders through change and influence them towards the right outcomes.
  7. Provide high level quality advice on the interpretation of employment legislation, workplace agreements, awards, case law, University policies, procedures, guidelines and similar matters
  8. Ensure consistency in the application of conditions of employment, interpretation of University policies, procedures and guidelines and workplace agreements.

The responsibilities as specified above may be altered in accordance with the changing requirements of the position.


Some out of hours work will be required.


Staff must follow and apply the following:

  1. Core Staff Attributes
    To contribute to a successful and enterprising culture at UniSA, each staff member is expected to demonstrate the following key behavioural attributes:
    • Is trusted, authentic and self-aware – establishes credibility, is honest, reliable, accountable, and responsive
    • Takes the initiative and delivers results – by seizing opportunities and being outcome and customer focused
    • Provides solutions – through logical, creative and innovative thinking and timely, transparent and consultative decision making
    • Communicates with impact – displays clarity, diplomacy, persuasiveness and sensitivity
    • Leads and works well with others - displays conviction and resilience, working collaboratively, motivating others and mobilising influence.
  2. Health Safety & Injury Management
    • Implement relevant health and safety system requirements and injury management activities in their area of responsibility, taking into account University requirements and their own local business priorities and procedures.
    • Ensure that risk controls and injury management programs are effective in their work environment.
    • Take action where a need for improvement is identified.
    • Follow reasonable instructions, work procedures and practices to maintain the health and safety of yourself and others.
    • Report all identified work place hazards and incidents.
  3. Performance Development and Management
    Participate in the University’s Performance Development and Management process.



  1. Tertiary qualifications in industrial relations or human resources area or equivalent skills and knowledge. Equivalent skills and knowledge would equate to significant and relevant work experience in a senior role in industrial relations, employee relations or human resources.
  2. Strong leadership skills and ability to influence staff in leadership roles.
  3. Significant experience in negotiation, conciliation and conflict/dispute resolution, which can include advocacy before industrial tribunals
  4. Extensive knowledge of employment legislation and case law.
  5. High level communication and written skills.
  6. Highly developed analytical skills with the ability to respond to problems, provide advice, identify creative solutions in a pragmatic and solution focused manner with confidence and authority.
  7. Demonstrated experience in managing and prioritising workloads in a responsive environment with competing demands.
  8. Demonstrated experience in delivering required outcomes, working autonomously while collaborating with team as required.


  1. Knowledge of the tertiary education sector in Australia.
  2. Experience in selecting and leading project teams.
  3. Sound understanding of current trends in workplace relations.