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Specialist Legal | Employee Relations | Perth

Date:  21-Jul-2021
Job Posting End Date:  04-Aug-2021;11:59:59GMT
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About BHP

At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities. Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success. Come and be a part of this success.

About the Role

BHP is a leading global resources company. Our Minerals Australia Business includes operations in Queensland, Western Australia, New South Wales and South Australia, focusing on coal, iron ore, copper and nickel.


The Legal function is responsible for providing strategic legal advice to enable BHP to achieve its commercial objectives and manage legal risk in compliance with applicable laws and consistent with the BHP Charter.


We now have an excellent opportunity for a lawyer to join BHP’s Legal team as a Legal Counsel – Employee Relations. Reporting to the Head of Legal – Employee Relations. This is a unique opportunity to utilise your skills and experience with a leading global resources company. This role will provide legal advice and support to the BHP Group and particularly the Minerals Australia Business on employee relations legal matters including strategy, bargaining, industrial dispute, unfair dismissals, termination and redundancy. The role is based in Perth, with occasional travel as required.


Key accountabilities include:

  • Conform with the BHP Charter, Code of Conduct, Our Requirements and relevant statutory obligations; and
  • Have an overriding commitment to health, safety and environment responsibility and to sustainable development.


Your responsibilities will include but not limited to:

  • Acting as a key adviser and providing independent specific and targeted legal advice on employee relations legal matters to the Minerals Australia Business;
  • Acting as key advisor on employment issues supporting our Functions across Australia, Asia, the United Kingdom and Europe, including advising on BHP policies, the management of sexual assault and harassment, bullying and harassment and workplace conduct issues, advising on restructures and redundancy; and
  • Working collaboratively with Legal and other functions to ensure BHP is appropriately managing employee relations legal and other external risks.

About You

Previous experience in employee relations legal matters, including providing strategic legal advice on enterprise bargaining and the operation of industrial instruments, and providing practical employment advise to various stakeholders is essential.


You will bring to this role a range of capabilities including strong stakeholder engagement skills and the ability to work well in a team environment. You will have strong commercial acumen and be an excellent communicator (both oral and written) with the ability to resolve complex problems, present well-articulated legal arguments and influence stakeholders at all levels.


To be considered for this role a Law degree and the ability to practice in Australia is essential. Post admission experience of at least 4-6 years is desirable.


This is an excellent opportunity for you to consolidate your career with an organisation that places priority on safety and high performance. The size and magnitude of BHP provides significant opportunity for professional development, attractive salary packages which includes performance based bonuses, employee share options, and employer matched super contributions. In addition, BHP offers a range of flexible work arrangements.

Supporting a Diverse Workforce

The size and magnitude of our business not only provides significant opportunity for professional development, but also attractive salary packages with performance based bonuses and unique BHP employee share program.


At BHP, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourage applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, people with disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, citizenship, genetic information or other protected status under federal, state or local laws.


We know there are many aspects of our employees' lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life. These benefits include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, other extended leave entitlements and parent rooms.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, citizenship, genetic information or other protected status under federal, state or local laws.


BHP is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disability.

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