Manager: Employee Relations (HEO 9)

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 26 Sep 2021

  • Based in People, Talent and Culture at 101 Currie Street, Adelaide
  • Full-time, continuing position
  • Commencement Salary: $119,598 per annum (plus 17% superannuation)

At UniSA we believe that people are our best asset and the heart and soul of our University of Enterprise.

As a people team, we've coined the phrase ‘Putting People First’ to reflect our commitment to deliver people focussed solutions and outcomes and to provide a culture in which all our people thrive. We are very focussed on how we add value through a connected and personally communicative style of working and as ambassadors of the University’s core staff attributes, are aware of the impact of everything we do on our people and how we work together.

Joining the people team at UniSA now, you will contribute to a transformation of PTC service delivery, leading significant projects to embed and enable a new PTC structure, you’ll shape our future service lines and standards and be able to see the impact and value of the changes you’ve directly contributed to. We’re excited by what might be possible for our people through new ideas, insights and energy. We can promise you a dynamic working environment, investment in your professional growth and the change to make a lasting difference to our staff and students.

About the Role

As the Manager: Employee Relations you will lead a team of employee relations practitioners in the delivery of a highly valued, credible advisory service that enables the University to achieve its strategic objectives whilst promoting a people first approach to employee relations.

In this highly influential role you will work as part of the People Leadership Team, directly contributing to the development and delivery of strategies that enable the University’s objectives and contribute to the cultivation of a high performing and enterprising culture.

Core Responsibilities

  • Support major change projects through expert employee relations advice that mitigate people impacts and industrial risks
  • Develop close working relationships with key stakeholders and support a consistent and strategic approach to deliver high performance.
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of the University’s People strategy and People, Talent and Culture (PTC) Unit business planning
  • Manage and oversee highly complex cases and dispute resolution and grievance processes including those under the University’s Enterprise Agreement
  • Represent the University in meetings and negotiations with unions, the Fair Work Commission and other legal proceedings as required
  • Build capability and deliver quality outcomes by working closely with the People, Talent and Culture People Leadership Team and Business Partners and provide coaching and professional guidance in addressing individual and organisational employee relations matters
  • Grow and lead a high performing team. Implement effective performance development and management, fostering excellence and delivering quality services

Essential Skills and Experience
  • At least five years of experience as a senior industrial relations practitioner, with tertiary qualifications in industrial relations, law, management or a related area of expertise
  • Experience in leading a high performing team in a large, complex organisation
  • Expertise across the breadth of employee relations with a focus on investigations, case management and analytical skills
  • A strong track record in advocating matters before the Fair Work Commission and other employment related tribunals
  • Strong interpersonal and persuasion skills and excellent written skills
  • Ability to effectively work in situations of ambiguity, with the resilience of persistence needed to deal with issues that cannot be immediately or perfectly resolved
  • Experience in managing and influencing client relationships at a senior/strategic level and delivering excellent customer service whilst aligning outcomes with the strategic intent of the organisation


We offer a generous superannuation contribution of 17%. Other benefits include professional development support, additional leave and salary sacrifice options. Our family friendly approach and focus on work/life wellbeing will ensure you enjoy the many benefits of living and working in vibrant, highly affordable Adelaide, consistently ranked one of the world’s most liveable cities.


As a University of Enterprise, we offer a dynamic and agile workplace culture, one that embraces challenges and thrives on breaking new ground. Our staff are creative and innovative thinkers, communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. We embrace diversity and inclusion in a vibrant, engaging environment. Our people are authentic, resilient, and influential, and we deliver results.

How to Apply

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA . The online application form will list the specific selection criteria that you need to address.

Please address your cover letter to Sarah Doyle, Recruitment Consultant. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or via email at using job reference number 3289.

Applications close: 11.30pm Sunday 26 September 2021

Applications welcomed from Australian or NZ citizens, Australian permanent residents and those who have the legal right to work in Australia for the term of appointment.

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Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

UniSA is committed to developing a diverse workforce and a constructive enterprising culture in which everyone can thrive.

For further support, contact Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or email and you will receive a response within one working day.

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