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Senior Manager Employee Relations - full or part time

  • All Locations
  • Ipswich
  • Adelaide
  • Bendigo
  • Melbourne
  • Full and/or Part Time
  • Closing at: May 19 2022 at 17:00 AEST

Our goal to be Australia’s Bank of choice drives us to set the example of how banking should be: progressive, sustainable, shared and trusted.


Our Employee Relations (ER) team is part of the People & Culture division who provides specialist advice and support to all areas of the business, to enable our people and culture and organisational strategy. The ER team is responsible for ensuring business and strategic initiatives meet employment related legislative and regulatory obligations and customer and community expectations. It also manages our industrial arrangements to ensure they are commercial, compliant, and relevant to support sustainable growth.


We currently have a permanent opportunity for a Senior Manager, Employee Relations to join the team in a highly influential role providing specialist Employee Relations & Industrial Relations advice and guidance to senior leaders and managers across the organisation. As a trusted advisor and subject matter expert providing the business with accurate and commercial advice in relation to employment related matters to support the Bank’s strategic plans.


As a highly experienced ER professional you’ll bring a wealth of experience, value, and depth of technical knowledge. Being able to quickly build trust and credibility in a high touch customer service environment, however not afraid to challenge the status quo or have difficult conversations. You’ll be used to large complex organisations that work at pace, at times with ambiguity to deliver on innovative and agile People & Culture strategies.


Join a collaborative, supportive, dynamic, and cohesive team. Work in an environment where knowledge is openly shared, you’ll have exposure to different parts of the business, and be given ownership to influence and add value.


This role can be based in one of our main office locations in Melbourne, Bendigo, Brisbane, or Adelaide for the days that you’re in the office, noting that hybrid ways of working are core to how we operate today. We’re also open to the role being either full time or part time four days per week, so talk to us about what flexibility looks like to you.



As the Senior Manager Employee Relations you will have:

  • Deep technical expertise in Employment Law including all relevant State and Commonwealth employment related legislation, Awards and Enterprise Agreements
  • Ability to draft and interpret policies and contractual provisions and manage ambiguity
  • Experience in interpretation and advising on application of employment legislation and policy
  • A high level of commercial acumen and knowledge of corporate structures as they related to employee relations issues: acquisition, divestment, and transfer of business rules
  • Strong relationship and influencing skills including at senior/executive level as well as liaison with external legal and professional services providers
  • Strong advocacy and negotiation skills and ability to manage disputation
  • The ability to lead, coach, and mentor to provide solutions to stakeholders with varying degrees of knowledge and experience
  • Strong demonstrated professional experience in Employment Law and/or Industrial Relations or equivalent in-house experience
  • Previous experience with advocacy, enterprise agreement negotiation, and disputation
  • A tertiary qualification in Law or suitable related discipline




At Bendigo and Adelaide Bank we believe in the benefits of diversity and work to foster a respectful and inclusive workplace. It’s central to our success and we actively encourage applications from those who’ll bring diversity of thought to our business. We support candidate requests for adjustment to accommodate an illness, injury or disability to equitably participate in the selection process.


If you’re excited to be part of an organisation with a rich history and a bright future - then this could be the role for you! Apply now.


It is a condition of employment with the Bank that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless you have a medical contraindication or acute illness which prevents you from receiving the vaccine and you provide satisfactory evidence of this to the Bank.

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