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People Partner

Yarra Valley Water - Melbourne, VIC

HR & Recruitment
Source: uWorkin


  • Be part of a culture that values diversity and inclusion
  • Hybrid working environment with flexibility options
  • Full time, 12-month opportunity

We stand for a fair and equitable society. We embrace diversity and inclusion in everything we do, as we strive to reflect the community we serve.

Yarra Valley Water provides essential water and sanitation services to over two million people. We are one of Australia's largest water utilities with more than 30% of Victoria's population relying on us 24/7. We're future focused and continually work to anticipate the changing needs of our customers and stay ahead of evolving community expectations. We're shifting to a regenerative approach in our work to actively contribute to the improvement of the environment we rely on.

Our people

We see a bright future that starts with our people. Our award-winning culture provides the foundation for a high-performing workplace where we collaborate with partners and stakeholders to reach exceptional outcomes for our customers and the environment.

The diversity of our people is fundamental to our success. We are deeply proud of the work we do to promote diversity and inclusion, including the launch of the Pride at YVW and YVW Women networks, to name a few. Our approach to diversity and inclusion is a 'whole of person' approach and we strongly encourage applications from all groups of people, from all walks of life.


We may be a water utility, but at heart we're a people business. That's why we are committed to becoming a hybrid workforce. We believe it is a better way forward for our employees and the business, and therefore the customers we serve. People are given trust and accountability to design their day to optimise performance and wellbeing, as defined by our hybrid working principles.

People Partnering and Operations

An opportunity has become available for an experienced Human Resources Professional to join the Yarra Valley Water team for a 12-month period. The HR People Partner will be responsible for providing specialist HR advice, coaching and support to relevant partners within the organisation regarding key people processes and policies.

With a high level of autonomy, this role will provide professional and proactive, business-focused Human Resources services to internal stakeholders that align with the business strategy and values through;

  • Building strong stakeholder relationships based on credibility and open communication
  • Strategic and operational advice provision
  • Pro-active analysis, advice and support
  • Managing and resolving complex employee relations issues (including investigations)
  • Assisting with onboarding & induction requirements
  • Providing guidance and direction on business unit restructures, job analysis and role design
  • Providing input into workforce planning and succession planning
  • Performance management guidance (including coaching and disciplinary actions)
  • Working closely with Safe & Well to manage work related/non-work-related injuries and return to work plans

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Tertiary Qualification in Human Resources or related discipline
  • Sound knowledge of HR related legislation (including Fair Work Act / EEO)
  • Strong understanding of the legal requirements and risks at each stage of the employment life cycle
  • Solid experience dealing with and resolving complex employee issues
  • Experience interpreting and providing advice based on Enterprise Agreements
  • Knowledge of job analysis and role design
  • Ability to build strong relationships with and influence senior leaders
  • Highly developed communication skills (written & verbal)

Why Yarra Valley Water?

  • Play a key role in providing essential services to the community
  • This full-time role is classified as a Senior Officer with an attractive salary range, dependent on experience
  • Home office set up allowance
  • Generous personal leave entitlements
  • Training and development opportunities

How to apply?

Applications should include a supporting Cover Letter and Resume.

Closing date: 1st June 2021

This position is available for Yarra Valley Water employees and external applicants.

Successful applicants must be eligible to work in Australia and agree to provide information for pre-employment checks, if required for the position (which may include police records checks).