Human Resources Manager


Discover Opal! 


As one of the largest employers in the Latrobe Valley, Opal is not only important for the local economy, but also a critical piece of the circular economy for Australia and New Zealand.  As a Major Hazard Facility, the Mill provides a complex challenge and the opportunity for YOU to be part of a unique business.


As part of the Nippon Paper Group, Opal is one of Australasia’s leading packaging and paper companies and we employ more than 4,500 team members across our operations.   We manufacture goods that you see, touch and use every day and our customer base includes some of the biggest names in FMCG, Retail and Fresh Produce. 


We stand for innovation, smart solutions and sustainability and this is an exciting time to join us as we build our own unique culture fuelled by confidence, energy and passion.   


Discover the Opportunity


With a newly aligned People, Safety and Culture team, we are gearing up to deliver on some exciting initiatives that will see our One Opal Vision come to life. The Maryvale Mill is currently in the process of modernisation and transformation that requires a HR Business Partner team to support and advise the Leadership team through this challenging but exciting transition. 


The Manager HRBP is responsible for partnering with people leaders in the development and delivery of purpose-built people plans aligned to the People Strategy and ensuring they are in service of business plans and the broader Opal strategy.


The role focuses on partnering and transformation to help propel our organisation forward and is a balance of both strategic and operational responsibilities.


You will contribute to the success of Opal by:


  • Delivering Group & Divisional HR programmes related to performance & reward, capability development, employee engagement and safety.
  • Assisting in change management processes within the business and providing coaching and guidance to business leaders to improve and optimise our change capability.
  • Managing HR Systems, dashboards and reporting metrics and assisting in the development and implementation of action plans to address critical issues.
  • Participating in workforce planning activities for the business and providing coaching and guidance to site leadership teams on all recruitment and talent management activities
  • Assisting in the development and implementation of Employee Relations plans in collaboration with our Workplace Relations team.


Discover Yourself


We can offer a varied career journey with experiential learning gained from cross-functional and lateral moves. We embrace diversity in all its forms, and we look for curious individuals who thrive in an environment of change.   


Specifically for this role, we expect you will have:


  • Qualification in Human Resources and/or Business (degree level preferred)
  • Previous experience as a hands-on HR Business Partner /Advisor capacity with strong HR generalist.
  • Experience in the delivery of HR strategy with track record of delivery
  • Organisational change and transformation experience 
  • Understanding HR levers and how they drive business outcomes
  • Previous experience working with unionised and blue-collar workforces (either in manufacturing, transport/logistics or other industrial type environments)
  • A genuine passion for coaching and supporting frontline leaders to help them develop their own leadership capability


This is a great opportunity for someone who loves a varied role where no two days will be the same!  


For further information only, contact Niall Willis at Or jump right in and send us your cover letter and resume via the application link.



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