Human resources manager

Oversee the activities and experiences of an organisation’s workforce cycle, from recruitment through to exit.

Duties and tasks

  • Act on behalf of organisations in determining salary, benefits and conditions of employment and negotiating with unions
  • Create and administer periodic performance management systems to evaluate individual and group effectiveness and make efforts to improve overall performance of the organisation
  • Develop and evaluate human resource policies and strategies to fulfill company needs
  • Develop company policies on equal opportunity, anti-discrimination and other employee policies and ensure that relevant governmental employment and occupational laws are adhered
  • Develop occupational health and safety procedures as well as company policies on workers compensation and ensuring compliance with local safety standards
  • Manage employment budget and productivity and facilitate cut-backs and dismissal policies and procedures
  • Manage the hiring process with other Managers for open positions, including recruitment strategies and interviewing techniques to hire the most qualified candidates

Skills required

  • Critical Thinking
  • Leadership Abilities
  • Organisational and Coordination Skills
  • Strong Communication Skills
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Human Resource Managers typically work regular Monday to Friday hours, but may be required to work evenings or weekends to complete required paperwork, reviews and projects. They typically work in indoor office settings with computer and database systems and office supplies.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Human Resources Institute 

Australian Institute of Management 

RCSA Australia and New Zealand 

Related jobs and job titles

  • Employee Relations Manager
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Industrial Relations Officer
  • Occupational Health and Safety Officer
  • Personnel Relations Manager
  • Project Support Officer
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Training Officer

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