UOWD9508 - People & Culture Business Partner

Business Unit: Administration
Job Family: Corporate Services
Department: Human Resources
Contract Type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Dubai
About UOWD:

Established in 1951 and ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide*, Australia’s University of Wollongong is a global brand with international campuses in Dubai, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

University of Wollongong Dubai (UOWD) offers over 40 internationally recognised bachelor and master degrees spanning 10 in-demand industry sectors. All of our degree courses are accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education’s Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) and licensed by Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), as well as being recognised by leading professional organisations such as AACSB, ACCA, ACS, CIM, CIPD, CPA, Engineers Australia, PMI, and others.

The first internationally accredited Australian university in the UAE, we are the education gateway of choice for over 3,500 students, representing 100+ nationalities. Our global community of 152,000 alumni are pursuing career goals with respected blue-chip companies and industry giants such as 3M, ADCB, Adidas, Amazon, Deloitte, Emirates, FedEx, GE, IBM, Microsoft and Pepsico. Additionally, research reveals that 83%** of fresh graduates are employed within six months of graduation.

Life at UOWD is rooted in the continued pursuit of excellence through teaching, research and industry engagement, with the student experience at its heart. Our 200,000-square-foot campus at Dubai Knowledge Park features access to cutting-edge technologies and a mix of traditional and innovative learning spaces, all housed in a vibrant modern setting that promises to deliver an enriched learning experience for our students.

*QS World University Rankings 2023
**Data from the Graduate Destination Survey 2017 to 2020

About the Department:

The People & Culture (P&C) Team plays a critical role in ensuring that the University's human resources (employees) are skilled, motivated, effective and managed to facilitate the achievement of our mission and goals, along with fostering a culture reflecting our corporate values.

P&C Business Partner is responsible for delivery of a full range of P&C services. The position holder will work along with the Head of P&C to design and implement P&C policies and procedures relating to all functional areas of P&C such as benefits administration, employee relations, training, performance management, onboarding, policy implementation, recruitment, and employment law compliance. 


Requirements & Responsibilities:
  • Understand the company's long-term business goals and develop HR strategies that support those goals. Identify HR needs and create plans to address them effectively.
  • Act as a trusted advisor to management and employees on employee relations issues. Provide guidance and support on conflict resolution, performance management, disciplinary actions, and employee engagement initiatives. Ensure compliance with employment laws and regulations.
  • Collaborate with hiring managers to understand staffing needs and develop effective recruitment strategies. Participate in the recruitment process, including sourcing, interviewing, and selecting candidates. Oversee on-boarding activities to ensure a smooth transition for new hires.
  • Implement performance management processes, including goal setting, performance reviews, and development plans. Coach managers on effective performance management techniques and provide guidance on addressing performance issues.
  • Analyze market trends and benchmarks to develop competitive compensation and benefits programs. Provide guidance to managers and employees on compensation-related matters, including salary structures, promotions, and incentive plans.
  • Identify training and development needs within the organization and design programs to address those needs. Coordinate and deliver training sessions and workshops on various topics, such as leadership development, employee skills enhancement, and diversity and inclusion.
  • Develop and update HR policies and procedures in compliance with employment laws and regulations. Communicate and ensure consistent implementation of policies across the organization. Stay updated on changes in labour laws and recommend necessary adjustments to HR practices.
  • Collect and analyze HR data to identify trends, insights, and areas for improvement. Prepare reports and presentations on HR metrics, such as turnover rates, employee satisfaction, and workforce demographics, to support decision-making.
  • Support organizational change initiatives by providing guidance and support to managers and employees. Help manage the impact of change on individuals and teams and facilitate smooth transitions.
  • Lead and participate in HR projects, such as system implementations, policy roll-outs, and organizational restructuring. Develop project plans, set milestones, allocate resources, and ensure timely and successful project completion.
Qualifications & Experience:


  • An undergraduate degree in the field of Human Resource Management or equivalent
  • 5 years of experience in Human Resource generalist role -Experience working in the UAE
  • Intermediate to advanced experience of Enterprise-wide information Systems such Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS)
  • Knowledge of HR processes/ Administratio
  • Experience in recruitment of expatriates
  • Awareness of the local labour law and legal compliance
  • Excellent communication and networking skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft office
  • Ability to adhere to strict deadlines which maintaining high level attention to detail
  • Fluency in written/spoken English


  • Education sector experience
  • Experience in recruitment of academic staff
Compensation & Benefits:

The successful candidate will enjoy interaction with a professional and dynamic team of highly respected educators from over 50 different countries and exposure to students from over 100 nationalities.

The University offers an attractive tax-free salary up to AED192,000 per annum (commensurate with your experience). The remuneration package includes five weeks of paid leave per year, private medical insurance for the employee and eligible dependents, life and disability insurance and education allowance for dependents. The University is located in Knowledge Park, Dubai and has excellent teaching, learning and research facilities as well as access to Library resources that meets international standards.

UOWD is an equal opportunity employer that attracts, develops, motivates, empowers, and retains a diverse workforce.

Note: you will be required to attach the following:
1. Resume / CV
2. Passport-size photograph