Director, Workforce Systems and Payroll - Fisher Leadership
Fixed Term
Close Date: 31/07/2023
REF: UOSpws0623
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Director, Workforce Systems and Payroll

Fixed Term
Close Date: 31/07/2023
REF: UOSpws0623
  • Exciting opportunity for an outstanding people leader to leverage workforce data to optimise decision-making and improve workforce planning.
  • Located close to Sydney CBD, next to parks, public transport and shopping districts
  • Three-year, fixed term position with an attractive remuneration package.


About the opportunity

The Director, Workforce Systems and Payroll holds a critical role within the University, responsible for overseeing various operational functions related to payroll, superannuation, casual and affiliate transactions, as well as workforce reporting and information systems. This role operates within a tiered HR operating model and an Operations shared services model, emphasising the need for efficient and effective HR service delivery.

One of the primary responsibilities of the Director is to champion exemplary people management practices and strategies, both internally with a team of managers and externally with external vendors. This entails promoting a positive and supportive work environment while ensuring that the University’s workforce systems and payroll processes align with best practices and compliance requirements.

Collaboration is a key aspect of this role, as the Director works closely with clients and HR teams to ensure operational excellence and high-quality service delivery. This involves striking a balance between meeting client needs, streamlining processes, and establishing governance, compliance, and control frameworks to ensure accuracy and accountability within the function. The Director also actively engages with colleagues across Operations to embed a shared services model and drive continuous improvement initiatives aligned with the University’s strategic pillar of creating ‘A Better Place to Work, and a Place that Works Better’.

While the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) provides broad direction, the Director is expected to demonstrate initiative in managing and developing improvement strategies related to compliance and HR service experiences. Experience-based judgement is required to make recommendations on methodologies and approaches to be deployed within the function.

The Director assumes management responsibility for a wide range of compliance, operational, and continuous improvement activities. They are fully accountable for the implementation and evaluation of these activities, including the identification and implementation of corrective and preventative actions. Additionally, the Director must anticipate and develop contingency plans to address any potential long-term issues that may arise, ensuring the smooth operation of workforce systems and payroll functions within the University.

About you

The Director of Workforce Systems and Payroll is a key leadership role that requires exceptional people management skills to guide and motivate teams during periods of change. They establish clear direction, promote employee engagement, and foster a collaborative work environment. Additionally, their high-level consulting skills enable them to influence stakeholders, including senior management, by presenting compelling business cases and project proposals. With expertise in payroll and workforce management systems, the Director ensures compliance and implements improvements. Their project management experience ensures successful delivery within scope, budget, and timeframes while achieving targeted benefits. Through their track record of enhancing people processes and systems across multiple functions, the Director contributes to organisational efficiency and employee satisfaction. Overall, their skills and expertise are instrumental in driving organisational transformation and achieving strategic goals.

Term and remuneration

The successful candidate will be offered a competitive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the candidate’s relevant experience and qualifications.

How to apply

The University has engaged Fisher Leadership to assist with this appointment, supporting the Selection Committee to identify the widest possible field of qualified candidates and to assess candidates against the requirements for the role.

Please click on ‘Apply now’ below, using reference UOSpws0623, addressing your cover letter and resume to Andrew Norton or Sharyn Gowans.  For a copy of the candidate information brochure, a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact: Andrew Norton or Sharyn Gowans at or call 1300 347 437 (Australia) or +61 3 9016 6000 (international).



To keep our community safe, please be aware of the University’s COVID safety precautions which form the conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident. Australian Temporary Residents may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.


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