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Senior Business Partner – Operations

Virgin Australia - Melbourne, VIC

HR & Recruitment
Source: uWorkin


About Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia Group is a major Australian airline headquartered in Brisbane, Australia. The company operates scheduled domestic and short-haul international flights, charter and cargo services, and the award-winning loyalty program Velocity Frequent Flyer.

The airline has now re-launched as a mid-market carrier with a renewed focus on small and medium sized businesses, price-sensitive corporates and premium leisure travellers and holiday makers. 

Senior Business Partner – Operations - Melbourne

In this role, you will partner with key business managers in the operations division to create a high performing and collaborative culture and deliver the business plan and strategy through by planning, championing and execution of people initiatives, in a sustainable manner.

You will also be responsible for providing a leading edge consulting and advisory services on all aspects of human resources, employee relations, workplace relations and organisational development.

Key Accountabilities

  • Support the development of client group specific people plans to assist the business in developing culture, capability and a highly engaged and effective workforce to achieve business success.
  • Partner with managers of the business to implement their people plans in a pragmatic, cost effective, efficient and sustainable way and enable them to deliver on their strategy. 
  • Proactively and critically assess the needs of the business and make recommendations to enhance service delivery.
  • Work with the Capability and Culture team to implement projects and annual HR programs in client group, aligned to the business unit/divisional business and people plans.
  • Participate in or lead cross functional projects.
  • Develop effective and influencing working relationships across all levels of management and with employee representatives and unions.
  • Support the negotiation and implementation of enterprise agreements.
  • Investigating EEO Complaints and investigating serious misconduct/disciplinary matters
  • Provide coaching and advice to management in relations to conducting employee disciplinary processes.
  • Represent the business during Fair Work Commission and Unfair Dismissal Applications – including preparing responses and advocating at conciliation conferences.
  • Ensure accurate and robust documentation of employee matters, including use of tools such as the people case management tool.
  • Provide training to the business on EEO and managing disciplinary investigations.
  • Reviewing and updating people policies.
  • Establish effective internal and external relationships (with colleagues, management teams, clients, service providers and professional bodies) to facilitate the achievement of business goals.

What you need to be successful:

  • Graduate or Post Graduate degree in Human Resources or related field.
  • Strong understanding of HR/ER/IR regulatory and compliance issues.
  • Sound knowledge of employee relations practices, workplace relations and industrial relations issues.
  • 5+ years HR leadership/experience, working in a fast-paced organisation. 
  • Experience in the development & implementation of policies and systems around people management and leadership.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development and application of People systems.
  • Experience in leading or supporting the implementation of organisational change.
  • Advocacy experience and appearance in tribunals such as the Fair Work Commission.
  • Experience in supporting enterprise bargaining negotiations and implementation of enterprise agreements.
  • Presentation skills, with experience in developing and delivering sessions to groups.
  • Experience in the aviation industry is desirable but not essential.