Senior HR Manager

Saint Lucia, Queensland, au
Company: The University of Queensland
Category: Management Occupations
Published on 2021-06-12 06:09:09

Human Resources

Human Resources (HR) at The University of Queensland (UQ) directly supports the University’s strategic ambitions through attracting and developing high performing staff, and delivers high quality advice and support to our clients on all aspects of HR and people matters.

UQ HR has and continues to build a team of exceptional HR professionals to provide customer-focused and contemporary solutions and services for our clients.

This is a particularly exciting time for UQ HR with the planning and design stage close to completion for the introduction of a highly advanced Human Capital Management System (HCMS). Our new systems will have a transformative impact on UQ HR’s service offering and strategic capability.

About This Opportunity

Our Senior HR Managers (known locally as Senior Managers, HR Client Partnering) are senior strategic and operational leads for HR activities within a defined University client group. Partnering with senior stakeholders, our Senior HR Managers are trusted to lead a broad suite of HR services and products and contribute to the development of functional strategy and operational plans at a local level. The successful candidate will;

  • lead and develop a high-performing team;
  • consult on and manage complex and high risk employee relations issues;
  • deliver change management, workplace culture, performance, and other HR initiatives and projects;
  • implement centralised HR services and initiatives at a local level.

Our Senior HR Managers are part of the University’s HR Functional Leadership Team (HR FLT), and influence the direction of the function overall, in partnership with our senior HR generalists and specialists. Appointment is to The University of Queensland, therefore our successful candidate could be reassigned to different senior HR teams, client groups and initiatives in the future.

We are currently offering Senior HR Manager roles in the following faculties:

  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)
  • Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL)
  • Research Institutes

These positions are located at our picturesque St Lucia campus.

Our Ideal Candidate

You will be highly experienced in partnering with senior stakeholders on HR related activities within the higher education sector, or an equivalent large and complex organisation (e.g. research institutes; education and training providers). Otherwise, you will be;

  • confident in managing, mentoring and developing a team of HR professionals;
  • highly experienced in relationship management, employee relations, organisational change, and policy and legislative compliance;
  • able to embed organisational values into day-to-day work and strategic planning;
  • skilled in developing and fostering positive organisational culture.

You must have ongoing unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

We are offering three (3) full-time, continuing positions. An attractive remuneration package, incl. 17% super, will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading (of 17.5%), salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, affordable parking, development programs and many other benefits.

Position Description

Download File Senior Manager, HR Client Partnering.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Bill Kernahan (Director, HR Client Partnering) at +61 400 856 384 or

To discuss the recruitment process please contact Brett Pelttari (Advisor, Talent Acquisition) at

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter, incl. statements addressing the key selection criteria found within the PD, and;
  • Resume/CV.

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQCareers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.


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