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Saward Dawson

Experienced People and Culture leader

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Location: Blackburn VIC
Status: Negotiable
Name: Bruce Saward

Position Summary

Saward Dawson has grown extensively and now has approximately 80 staff and partners. We expect to see sustained growth.

We are seeking to appoint an experienced People and Culture leader who will work closely with the partners and will report directly to the Managing Partner and be vital part of the senior leadership of the firm. The ideal applicant would be able to accept responsibility for various other tasks to further support the Managing Partner.

The role could be part-time (0.6FTE) or full-time depending on the skills, experience and availability of the right applicant.

About Saward Dawson

Saward Dawson is a professional accounting firm that makes a positive difference in the lives or our clients, staff and the broader community.

We strive for excellence in what we do and work hard to service and support our clients while providing our staff with opportunities to develop both personally and professionally.

Saward Dawson has a diverse service offering covering the areas of audit and assurance, business advisory and tax, remuneration services, wealth advisory, self-managed superannuation and specialist consulting.

Saward Dawson has a unique culture, and our core values mean that we are passionate about people. We strive to be people of influence to improve the lives of others.

The role

The People & Culture leader will be responsible for the recruitment program covering cadets, graduates, administration and experienced staff. This will not only include the process of active recruitment but also promotion of the firm as an employer of choice.

The role will also include staff development and the People & Culture leader will oversee and be responsible for the firm's training and development programs for staff at all levels including leadership development. This staff development arm of the role will also include ensuring that personalised development and performance plans are in place and a balanced scorecard is maintained tracking each person's progress.

Staff support is also a vital role being accessible to all staff and a first point of contact for staff who may wish to share career, work or welfare concerns.

The staff administration element to the role includes maintaining policies & procedures, ensuring compliance with all laws, maintenance of all HR records, overseeing the process of staff performance and salary reviews, checking of payroll each month and maintaining the firm's Salary Continuance insurance program.

The People & Culture leader will also play an important part in promoting the firm culture and would assist the partners with actions and events that enhance the firm's culture.

Values, Qualifications and Experience

Saward Dawson has always had a deep commitment to our people and our community. We strive to make a difference in people's lives and communities and to be people of influence. We are heavily committed to the "for-purpose" sector as making an impact in the lives our clients, community and team is our core purpose.

So it is imperative that the successful applicant will be fully aligned to the firm's culture and purpose, have a genuine interest in people's welfare and have demonstrated leadership skills.

It is expected that the right person will have substantial experience in all aspect of People and Culture and will have held a senior position. They will hold degree level qualifications and will have consistently stayed up to date via professional development programs.


Salary will be assessed in accordance with the applicant's skill and experience

Application Process

If you wish to apply for this position please email Bruce Saward at with the following:

  • a letter of introduction with accompanying CV
  • a copy of your academic records
  • demonstration of how you share our ethos and vision

Applicants must have the right to work in Australia.

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