HR Business Partner

Job No: PEAK445
Location: Innisfail

HR Business Partner 

  • Collaborative team environment | Progressive HR Programs
  • Career Accelerating Opportunity for HR Professional
  • Up to $95K + Generous Super + Relocation Assistance

About the Region

Running from Cairns to Cardwell, the Cassowary Coast is one of the undiscovered gems of Queensland - a quiet stretch of coastline bordered by the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Mission Beach (one of four separate towns spread along a 14km stretch of palm-fringed beach) is at its heart. While most of the coastal lowlands has been cleared, there are still plenty of natural places to explore - from isolated tropical beaches to Queensland's two highest mountains, the mist-shrouded Bartle Frere and Bellenden Ker. 

The Cassowary Coast is named after the distinctive and endangered flightless bird which inhabits the region, and it covers an area of approximately 4,700 square kilometres. Mission Beach is one of the most important remaining homes of the endangered cassowary.

The region is a mix of town, rural and coastal communities boasting beautiful beaches, lush hinterland and scenic mountains. There are over 3,500 businesses operating in the area, with potential for new business growth and development in all the towns and communities. The most recognisable industries linked to the region are tourism and primary industries. The Cassowary Coast is Australia's premier banana-growing region and a well-known cane-growing region.

Essential services are readily accessible. The estimated resident population is 30,000.

The Cassowary Coast is well connected to other parts of the nation via the Bruce Highway which passes through many of the region's townships. The Palmerston Highway provides connectivity with the Tablelands region and is its major goods transport route. The region can also be accessed by sea through the commercial port at Mourilyan Harbour, by air through one of three aerodromes, and by rail.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council

With 30,000 residents across the major townships of Innisfail, Tully, Cardwell and Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Regional Council employs approximately 360 people and has recently released its 2021-2025 Corporate plan. In developing this Plan, they have reviewed and renewed their corporate goals in line with Council’s new direction and organisational culture. The overarching vision for the Cassowary Coast region is ‘to provide great experiences, deliver value and create a sustainable future for their community.’ By 2025 the goal is regional infrastructure that delivers appropriate levels of service supported by the community and are financially sustainable.

The strategic priorities for 2021-2025 are:

  • Community: Our People
  • Economy: Our Future
  • Infrastructure: Our Built Environment
  • Region: Our Natural Environment
  • Organisation: Our Team

The strategic initiative relevant to this role identified in the Plan is to see by 2025 “A safe, healthy, engaging and inclusive work environment where people are productive, multi-skilled, contribute to continuous improvement and, are provided with opportunities to achieve and develop and are recognised for their contribution.”

The Corporate Plan for 2021-2025 is a key strategic document that provides a framework and guides Council in decision making and setting policy to prioritise and deliver services, programs and facilities to its community. 

Underpinning their philosophy and the exciting opportunities ahead, Cassowary Regional Council is proud to provide its employees with excellent employment conditions and benefits that encourage employees to manage a healthy family/work life balance.

These benefits include:

  • Up to 5 weeks annual leave
  • Long Service Leave which may be available pro rata after seven years of service
  • Parental Leave
  • Generous Superannuation Plan through LGIA or options to exercise choice impact
  • Personal Leave (Sick/Carers) 5 days above the Fair Work standard - 15 days per year
  • Learning and Development opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Program also available for family members
  • Generous Salary Sacrifice opportunities
  • Flexible working schedules (determined by operational requirements) 

The Role

This is a pivotal role in ensuring high quality and reliable advice is provided to divisions of Council (across a multi-site environment) to meet the needs of this growing regional area in North Queensland.

Reporting to the Coordinator Business Partnering, you will collaborate with the People and Culture Team and assigned divisions to develop, coordinate and advise on core People and Culture policies, procedures, and systems (People Management, Performance, Recruitment, Skills Development, Engagement and Communications) which deliver value to Council’s Vision and People and Culture strategies.

‘Working in partnership’ you will ensure the organisation has the right people capacity, capability, and culture to achieve great things for the Cassowary Coast community. Council is committed to balancing being responsive and proactive and to enabling their leaders to create high performing teams. To enhance this approach, they have now established a Business Partner team and seek two permanent Business Partners to join the team, who are enthusiastic about making a difference to an organisation and the community. 

A Candidate Briefing Document can be accessed HERE

About You

As a motivated and proactive HR Business Partner (or someone aspiring to step up to this level), you will have the right combination of talent and energy underpinned by a commitment to operational excellence. The positions will suit effective and decisive people, with competent stakeholder engagement skills and an understanding of the value of partnering across the business.

Renowned as a strategic thinker and confident individual, you will have experience working across a broad range of HR initiatives in sizeable organisations or within local government. With sound industry knowledge and an understanding of the latest trends and developments in HR practices you have a history of developing effective business solutions, identifying new and innovative approaches, practices, and tools, and embedding these in the culture and behaviours of an organisation.

Applications are encouraged from candidates with either private or public sector experience who are looking to leverage their expertise and passion for HR and importantly with the resilience and motivation to truly make a difference.

Why this Role?

If you are interested in driving change and making a difference in an organisation and enjoy seeing your HR solutions result in enabling people to embrace opportunities that take Leaders and their teams to a greater level of competency and engagement this is an outstanding opportunity. There is a plan and strategy in place – the role requires individuals to come in and continue with the implementation. You will work closely with a senior management team who have deep and extensive experience and will ensure you are supported and mentored to achieve business goals.

As a guide, a salary of up to $95K + Super and relocation assistance will be paid to the successful applicant dependent upon experience and qualifications. You will be based in Innisfail however with team members and infrastructure distributed across the region, time could be spent in the Tully Office for those wanting to base themselves in Mission Beach.

PEAK Services is working in conjunction with Cassowary Coast Regional Council, exclusively on this position. We offer local government expertise across a wide range of professional fields, providing tailored solutions for councils and other similar organisations. We work with our clients to deliver meaningful outcomes in the recruitment and contracting services. 

How to Apply

Before you apply for these positions, please read the information above carefully to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position.  You will be required to answer a few questions that relate to the criteria on the online application below.  Please note that you cannot submit your application without attaching your resume.  A cover letter is not mandatory but may be added if so desired. When uploading your Resume or documents please ensure file names should only include 'A-z', '0-9', '.' and '-' characters.

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For a confidential conversation, please call Rona Horsfall, Principal Consultant Recruitment, Peak Services on 0438 943 854.

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