Director, People & Performance - AU

Location: Melbourne
Job Type: Flexible Working Arrangements

Xero is a dynamic, progressive and expanding global SaaS company with offices in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, United Kingdom and Singapore.  We are rewiring the global small business economy, enabling it to thrive through beautiful software, advice and connections.  

An outstanding Director of People & Performance opening currently exists in our Hawthorn office.  Reporting to the global Chief People Officer, the role will sit on the AU Lead Team and evolve the Australian business in line with Xero’s hyper-growth trajectory. You will champion the business transformation and drive performance to ensure we are meeting our people, culture and organisational outcomes.  You will also play a key role in collaborating across global functions that have a significant presence in the AU team to effectively mobilise the strategy and drive effective change. Importantly, you will play an active role as a Xero brand ambassador in the external marketplace as we are increasingly recognised as a leading technology organisation, empowering people to do the best work of their lives.  Responsibilities include:

People Experience

  • Drive strategic thinking around EVP, OD, people innovation and organisational effectiveness for the AU business which is over 330 employees and growing rapidly
  • Build a positive employee experience that leads to improved business performance and increased levels of  customer engagement
  • Support senior Regional and Global leaders across the business to grow collaborative and highly effective teams across the AU business
  • Work collaboratively with your peer group globally to leverage the best of PX Programs and Centers of Excellence (Learning / Diversity / Remuneration etc)
  • Lead a team to implement innovative PX processes to enable and engage people to fulfil our purpose and deliver on our strategy
  • Empower the AU PX Team to deliver meaningful and accurate HR leadership, advice and guidance across the full spectrum of People Experience

Transformation & Performance

  • Drive restructuring and change process across AU and in sync with global activity and local requirements as the business scales
  • Create and maintain PX strategy, roadmap and associated programmes relevant to the AU business
  • Work across the functions to test, experiment and improve people experience and culture initiatives as we scale & evolve
  • Own and deliver effective internal communications aligned with purpose, people and values
  • Collaborate with the CPO, the MD of AU, and the AU Senior Lead Team to build a playbook for consistency and local innovation to drive effective organisational development
  • Be a change and innovation agent to help the AU organisation grow
  • Ensure resource allocations are managed within shifting demands, manage the reallocation of resources between portfolios/teams and reporting on the utilisation of all aspects
  • Contribute to ensuring engagement across functions in AU remains at levels aspired to by the business and working with AU Lead Team when required to leverage opportunities

This is a key hire for the business that will play a significant part in the next phase of the Xero success story.  Our ideal candidate brings:

  • Passion for innovation and ideation when it comes to building a positive workplace & employer brand
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Excellent communication skills including presenting, consultation, facilitation, influencing and negotiation skills
  • Proven experience in a high paced, complex  or matrixed organisation
  • Able to exercise effective judgment, sensitivity and creativity to changing needs and situations within the business
  • Degree, Post Graduate or equivalent work experience
  • A minimum of 10 years experience in a relevant senior HR Leadership/Business Leadership role

This is an outstanding opportunity for an ambidextrous leader to take their experience in transforming people and business functions to the next level, and do so with a forward-thinking industry leader.   

At Xero, we champion innovation, foster inclusion and celebrate success.

Apply today.