First listed on: 30 March 2019

Work Health & Safety Manager

nib Group is a trusted international health partner, empowering our members to make better decisions and improve health outcomes through greater accessibility to affordable health services and information.

nib’s ambitious growth strategy is transforming every aspect of our business, at a pace and scale that requires our people to deliver extraordinary performance. As the custodians of nib’s employee experience, our People & Culture team aim to provide meaningful and fair employment in the communities in which we operate; and through our people practices shape the type of leadership, talent and environment to drive high performance and growth.

Reporting to the Head of People Services, our Work Health & Safety Manager plays a key role in leading our people agenda across the nib Group. At nib we take pride in supporting our employees with flexible work arrangements to fulfil their career ambitions whilst supporting their lifestyle. This rare opportunity presents the option to work either full-time or part-time, based in either Newcastle or Sydney - you choose!

Actively developing a high performance organisational culture, leadership team and level of engagement amongst out employees is a pivotal element of nib’s business strategy. You will be instrumental in supporting the organisation to achieve this goal. This role will see you oversee the management, development, implementation and maintenance of the nib Group WHS and injury management policies and procedures. Your role will ensure the effective management of workers compensation (including injury management and return to work), WHS communication, training and education and health and wellbeing strategy and initiatives.

What you will do

  • Provide leadership to the WHS team through mentoring, coaching and encouraging open and honest constructive feedback and recognition
  • Provide leadership support for escalated issues
  • Review and update the WHS Policy & Strategic Plan for the nib Group for implementation
  • Develop and maintain procedures that support the strategic plan actions
  • Track and report achievement of the targets set in the strategic plan to management and the nib Board of Directors
  • Develop and produce Executive and Board related reports to support business decisions and inform strategic direction
  • Coordinate and recommend overall strategy to case manage work related and non-work related injuries to employees
  • Manage workers compensation claims and maintain a communication channel with the insurer, rehabilitation provider and stakeholders
  • Develop and implement a health and wellness plan based on the needs assessment completed that incorporates measurable objectives and targets
  • Provide advice to employees and leaders in relation to WHS matters
  • Partner with the wider people and culture team in assisting to manage mental health concerns and proactively prevent potential psychological injuries 
  • Be available to travel to multi office locations throughout Australia and New Zealand as required
  • Contribute to the overall people agenda and assist in the development and implementation of key people initiatives

About you

Due to the nature of our agile business, we are looking for you to have extensive experience in a senior WHS position in a similar professional services environment. Ideally, you will have a relevant tertiary qualification to back up your hands on experience.

Your experience in leading and managing teams within a high performance culture where constant change and growth are considered the ‘norm’ will see you well placed for success in this role. You will see yourself as a natural leader with a demonstrated ability to effectively coach, mentor and develop WHS professionals, along with the ability to build and engage in meaningful relationships at all business levels.

You will have extensive experience managing workers compensation claims and conducting investigations into WHS matters in accordance with legislative guidelines and industry best practice. You will have a strong knowledge of WHS legislation and ideally knowledge of New Zealand Health & Safety legislation.

You will be comfortable to deal with ambiguity whilst innovating and delivering across the nib’s strategic agenda. Mostly, you are self-motivated and solutions focussed with a true passion for what you do which will see you add value through a positive contribution to organisational growth, project delivery and culture development. 

Why it’s worth it

At nib, one of our core values that we live and breathe day in, day out is that the ‘status quo is death’. We support our people to be extraordinary and do extraordinary things. We admire diversity of thought and seek out people with an intrinsic need to make the world a better place.

Our People and Culture team are some of the most experienced professionals in the game. We have a supportive and challenging culture where we swarm around opportunities and live by another one of our core values ‘we before me’.


If you want to get in on the action, apply to potentially be the next person to join us in our People & Culture journey. 

nib is an EEO employer and promotes diversity in the work place


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