Head of People & Development

  • Be part of a dynamic and enthusiastic award-winning professional services firm
  • Supportive culture and collaborative work environment
  • Full-time or part-time role with flexible working arrangements


About the role

We are currently seeking a passionate Head of People & Development who will be responsible for the effective operational management of the human resources functions at the firm.

Working closely with the General Manager and Managing Partner, you will drive the people strategy and lead the day-to-day operations of an established people function, providing advice and support to senior management at all levels on all aspects of the employment lifecycle including talent, learning & development, employee relations, reward & recognition, organisational development, diversity & inclusion, and workplace health & safety.

Ideally, you will have experience as a Head of P&D or are looking to progress from a HR Manager role.

Reporting to the General Manager on a full time or part time basis, at a minimum of 3 days, your key responsibilities will include;

  • Oversee a best practice human resource team, equipping the firm to address people issues strategically and operationally.
  • Team management and people and development coaching and support across the firm, to continue to promote our celebrated positive work culture.
  • Develop and drive initiatives to enhance firm culture that align with the values and purpose of the firm, our employee value proposition, to improve the identification and retention of talent.
  • Manage the annual people processes ensuring that appropriate plans are in place for managing succession, retention, talent and career development.
  • Oversee the firms learning and development program of works alongside the L&D Specialist.
  • Oversee the firms diversity and inclusion program of works alongside the D&I Specialist.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant employment laws and provide ongoing guidance to the business regarding changes within the legislative landscape.
  • Reporting at the monthly management committee meeting.
  • Proactively identify and provide risk management analysis/solutions.

About you


You are an experienced Human Resources professional who brings expert knowledge of generalist human resources policies and practices, with significant capability in business partnering.


You have a record of strong people leadership and stakeholder engagement capability, and you are keen to drive innovation through initiatives, projects & hands on implementation, to ensure the ongoing growth and success of the firm.


You possess excellent interpersonal and written communication skills, and have demonstrated adaptability, initiative, and organisational capabilities.


Experience in a professional services environment will be highly regarded.


About us

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick (POF) is a privately owned patent and trade mark attorney firm with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. Our Melbourne office located centrally on 333 Collins Street. Our main business is in the procurement of intellectual property rights including patents, trade marks and designs both domestically and internationally.

We operate at the forefront of innovation and technology, providing our people with opportunities to contribute to real and rewarding outcomes. Our client base is diverse and ranges from individual inventors through to leading multinational corporations.

We are committed to fostering a culture of engagement and collaboration, where our people feel supported and empowered in their roles. Our inclusive culture enables us to perform at a high level, ensuring we can provide our clients with considered and innovative outcomes. POF was officially recognised as an Inclusive Employer 2021-22 by the Diversity Council of Australia.


About our workplace

On a day-to-day basis, we work with innovative clients to protect their ideas and inventions locally and internationally.

POF prides itself on valuing its people and the diversity and innovative thinking our people bring to our business. Our culture is built on principles of inclusion, respect and integrity. Our employees enjoy challenging work in a collegial team-based environment with a genuine work/life balance.

Apart from working in a supportive, inclusive and welcoming environment, POF employees enjoy access to a range of benefits and initiatives including:

  • Gender-neutral paid parental carers leave
  • Purchased annual leave
  • Salary continuance
  • Generous Leave provisions (pandemic, vaccine, family violence paid leave)
  • Flexible and hybrid working arrangements
  • Health & Wellbeing programs
  • Reward & Recognition program including discretionary bonuses


We encourage and welcome applications from people living with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, LGBTQIA+ people, all genders, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and mature age people. Should you require any specific support or adjustments throughout the recruitment process and beyond, please advise us and we will be happy to assist.


How to Apply

Email confidential@pof.com.au including your resume and cover letter.

For more information, contact Rachele Narayan, P&D Advisor on (03) 9614 1944 for a confidential discussion.


Applications close COB 9 February 2023. Please note, the application process may close earlier than the listed date.

Agencies, please note: All vacancies are managed by our People & Development team. Should external assistance be required we will reach out to our preferred Recruitment Agency providers.