Head of Safety and Wellbeing

Location St Kilda, Victoria
Job Type Permanent
Reference JO-2011-102180_1606429624
Posted 2 months ago
  • Key leadership position working across the organisation
  • Change management role driving safety culture
  • Complex service delivery organisation

The City of Port Phillip is a uniquely vibrant and creative inner-city council with a spectacular, enviable foreshore. Our highly talented and dedicated workforce deliver more than 100 programs and services to our residents, businesses and visitors. Our Council Plan is shaped by our desire to celebrate our history, protect our character, and encourage inclusion and creativity, while planning for the future of a dynamic and evolving City.

City of Port Phillip have recently realigned our operating model to achieve our organisational vision "to be recognised as a leading local government organisation that is agile, future ready and trusted; to leave our community and our people in a better place" and accelerate the delivery of our strategy. This role will form part of our dynamic senior leadership network and provide strategic oversight and leadership that enhances the quality of life and value for the community.

Reporting to the Executive Manager People, Culture and Safety, the Head of Safety and Wellbeing will be responsible for embedding a strong safety culture across the business to ensure the highest standards of safety and wellbeing for all City of Port Phillip employees, contractors, and community members. As a genuine leader in the safety space you will influence across the business on both operational and strategic safety initiatives. You will be prepared to be hands-on in managing risks and implementing processes, and will be a ready and willing coach and business partner for the wider organisation. You will also be an engaging and motivating team manager, working with your team to build up the safety capability across the business.

To be considered for this role you will bring proven experience in developing strong safety cultures within complex service delivery organisations. You will be a leader in embedding change and driving continuous improvement across a diverse workforce, with excellent relationship-building, collaboration and stakeholder engagement skills. You will have a strong understanding of injury and claims management and be able to proactively manage return to work processes. With a relevant tertiary degree and hands-on experience in both operational and strategic safety and wellbeing roles, you will focus on influencing and changing cultural behaviours to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing, in line with Council's values and legislative requirements.

The City of Port Phillip is committed to a culture of ethical leadership, openness, respect and integrity and provides a great work-life balance.

For a copy of the PD go to: or, for a confidential discussion please contact Carla Bent on 0422 582 992.

Applications close on Thursday 10 December 2020.

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