Regional People and Culture Manager

About Woods Bagot

Woods Bagot is a People Architecture company placing human experience at the centre of our design process to create and deliver engaging, future-oriented projects that respond to the way people actually use space.

About the Role

Partner with Woods Bagot’s ANZ (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Auckland) businesses to provide strategic and operational People & Culture (P&C) guidance and leadership.

This role is responsible for embedding global P&C programs into Australia & New Zealand as well as managing the day-to-day P&C issues with studio management, embedding local P&C initiatives that will align the business plan objectives with people management and performance.

This position will ideally be based in our Melbourne Studio, but we would also consider candidates located in Sydney.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Regional Executive Team to develop a People and Culture business plan that is in line with the strategic business plan and operational goals of Woods Bagot.
  • Talent management / Employee lifecycle – attraction, retention, development, succession planning, career development and off-boarding.
  • Provide advice and coaching to Managers on all Employee Relations issues including disciplinary, performance management and relative Employment Legislation.
  • Partner with studio resourcing team to ensure appropriate studio mix to win and deliver work.
  • Support effective decision making by openly and objectively challenging stakeholders.
  • Producing monthly HR data including headcount, staff movements, identifying trends, proactively addressing HR issues and cost savings, plus ad hoc reporting as required to support.
  • Risk mitigation in relation to people issues.
  • Develop and implement people related policies and projects in line with legislation and best practice HR.
  • Collaborate with the Global People and Culture team to create strategic programs that promote our culture and improve the effectiveness of our business for employees and leaders.
  • Embed company values and behaviours through actively driving employee engagement.
  • Champion a continual improvement and performance culture in the business.
  • Regional specific activity as required.

Key Deliverables:

  • Providing strategic leadership and focused people solutions to stakeholders
  • Setting and upholding appropriate business standards
  • Consulting with stakeholders as an objective, constructive, and candid business partner
  • Being visible, service-minded, and accessible professionals
  • Proactively assisting the business to achieve its immediate plans and goals.
  • Continuously improving employee engagement
  • Reinforcing the pathway to Next Generation Global Studio success
  • Building a legacy for the future – Attract, Retain, Develop

About You

You will have excellent interpersonal skills, capable of identifying and articulating key issues, with a solution-focused outlook. You have the ability to work in fast paced environment prioritising tasks with exceptional communication skills (written and verbal) and excellent time management skills.

Key Experience & Qualifications Required:

  • Degree qualified in HR and/or Business discipline
  • Experience partnering with Senior Management and Executive teams
  • Experience in managing competing stakeholder agendas
  • Experience delivering key HR projects and initiatives
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrable interpersonal skills, identifying and articulating key issues, with a solutions focus
  • Ability to work in fast paced environment prioritising tasks with good time management skills
  • Ability to attend video conferences out of hours (with international studios / global environment) when required
  • Intermediate to advanced IT skills

Benefits we Offer

In addition to working for a world class design Studio, you will enjoy benefits such as:

  • A balance between studio and home working
  • Annual discretionary bonus
  • Paid parental leave
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee referral program

How to Apply

Please send your resume via our Regional People and Culture LinkedIn job post. Applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. We do not accept unsolicited resumes or names from agencies. All personal data collected by the Company will be kept confidential and only be used for recruitment purposes.

Mandatory Requirement: It is an essential requirement that applicants must have the legal right to work in the Australia when applying for this position.

Inspiration. Innovation. Inclusiveness. We are Woods Bagot.

Woods Bagot is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, colour, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity and gender expression.

At Woods Bagot, we are committed to creating an environment where the difference is celebrated, valued, and respected, practices are equitable, and our people feel like they belong. We accept that none of us is smarter than all of us. We believe building a diverse workforce is the foundation of creativity and innovative design – it is only by working together that we can realise the potential of our people, clients, and communities around us. Through our inclusive leadership and our truly global studio network of architects and designers, you will find your voice and have the support and flexibility required to bring your whole self to work and build an exceptional career.