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Corporate Human Resources HR Advisor in Melbourne, Australia

Our team: * The Country Care HR team sits within HR Operations. Our team has a geographical, in-country focus on operational excellence and compliance. We are also the executors and experts of local intelligence. *Our Purpose - Add Life to a Lifetime of Learning

About the role:  Passionate about employee experience, the Country HR Specialist will report to the Country HR Lead, Australia and South East Asia. This role will be an operational driver and in-country HR subject matter expert. This position will partner with HRBP's of business division, Centers of Excellence, shared services (“Pearson People Services”), Payroll, Solutions (IT), and Finance, to keep Pearson competitive and compliant. You’ll be the SME for Australia within the global Country Care organization.  Your peers lead Country Care activities all around the globe. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage adherence to Compliance/local regulations.

  • Maximize the value of services across the employee hire to retire lifecycle, through an exceptional delivery and provide expertise support in an HR compliance standpoint.

  • Identify gaps and work on a Process Improvement portfolio. Provide an exceptional experience through innovation, simplification, and digitization. 

  • Manage high profile escalations through multiple team partnership, assess root cause, implement solutions to reduce escalations and improve processes.

  • Partner with our Legal and COE teams on local legislation updates, and employee relation matters. 

  • Implement both long and short-term strategies as per the business division HRBP guidance.

  • Building and maintaining positive internal and external relationships with key stakeholders to facilitate the achievement of business goals.

  • Strategically manage local vendor performance including SOW, SLA establishment with our benefits vendors.

  • Act as a sounding board for our HRBP and COE for any case escalation related to a specific business division.

  • Maintain positive relationships with the Australia HR Teams to ensure effective co-operation and synergy. Share best practices.

  • Oversee the Employee Relations including the Fair Work negotiations and company representation.

  • Be part of the local leadership team advising and leading the local HR policies and local compliances.

  • Define all the HR local policies according to Pearson needs and local legislation requirements.

  • Oversee, help, advise and support the HRBP and local management on the implementation of the local HR legislation.

  • Support the facilities team regarding the Health and Safety employee requirements.

*To be successful in this role, you will ideally have: *

  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant work experience

  • Significant local experience in Employee Relations, Benefits, Compliance matters

  • A natural ability to discern, organize, and convey complex problems and solutions.

  • Thrive in an environment with an agenda for change, growth, and innovation.

  • Student of simplification and making complex processes appear simple to the end user.

  • Gifted at executing corporate strategies into locally relevant applications.

Flexible working:  We are committed to hybrid working practices and has adopted flexible remote and virtual working. Where possible our employees can choose to manage their attendance to the office more flexibly. Our offices are based in Richmond, Melbourne. * *

If you are as passionate as we are about changing lives through learning, then help us to learn more about you and why you want to work with Pearson. Click ‘Apply Now’ to create your application online.   

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Organization: Corporate Human Resources

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Workplace Type: Hybrid

Req ID: 15568