VP Human Resources Mining

at Sasol
Location Secunda, South Africa
Date Posted Oct 20, 2020
Category HR & Recruitment Jobs
Job Type Full-time



Develop and implement the HR plan and key processes for the assigned portfolio in line with the HR strategy for the Energy business and in alignment with Sasol’s global people practices, guidelines and frameworks.


Act as a strategic advisor to the leadership team of the Mining business by developing people solutions that address the core business needs and that support the objectives of the business segment by:


  • Developing strategies and approaches to support Mining of the future
  • Driving and enabling the Siyenza business transformation program and providing thought leadership for FULCO (Full calendar operations – 24/7 operations) implementation, relating to Human Resources processes and policies
  • Automation and digitization of HR processes that enable the business leaders to effectively manage labour availability and to comply to legal requirements, e.g. rest periods and fatigue management
  • Ensuring labour stability through effective multi-trade union(s) and management partnership forum
  • Transforming the Human Resources function into an efficient and customer focused team
  • Effective collaboration with all relevant internal stakeholders, inter alia, Employee Relations, Learning and Talent Management, Rewards and Wellbeing etc..
  • Effective collaboration with external stakeholders, inter alia, trade union leadership, Government Departments, Fence-line communities
  • Ensure full compliance to the South African Employment and Labour laws, including Sasol policies and procedures


Recruitment Description / Key Accountabilities


Develop the annual HR plan for the business segment based on a deep understanding of the business requirements and consideration for critical HR group-wide interventions that need to be implemented across the organisation.


In consultation with the leadership team of the business segment, prioritise the most critical HR needs required by the business and plan to execute these in a manner that is aligned to the culture and ways of working of the business.


As a member of the Energy Business Portfolio leadership team, partake in business related discussions to continuously deepen the knowledge on the business priorities, needs and requirements to adapt the HR plan accordingly.


Translate group-wide HR interventions, programmes and plans into concrete actions that serve to embed Sasol’s HR priorities in the assigned portfolio and enable the organisation to operationalize its strategic people frameworks and policies.


Communicate and obtain buy-in from the leadership team in the business with respect to implementation of mandated HR changes, programmes and policies to enable the successful implementation of these in the business.


Monitor and manage the Employee Relations climate in Sasol Mining to maintain labour stability by ensuring that meaningful stakeholder engagements take place in a multi-union environment.  Provide thought leadership in the event of any labour related negotiations i.e. wage negotiations etc.


Continuously engage and liaise with Energy and Group COEs to stay up to date and fully familiarized with the latest tools, policies and models developed by the organisation to ensure alignment and provide an enhanced level of service to the business unit.


Lead the implementation of all HR policies and processes required by the business to identify, develop, advance and reward employees (such as Recruitment, Reward, Performance Management, Capability Assessments, Learning, Development, and others).


Analyse and interpret data and people related analytics to identify potential gaps that need to be addressed to ensure the business segment has the right people resources, with the required capabilities, to succeed in its long term strategy and remain a relevant organisation. Recommend and implement solutions to address the gaps identified through this analysis.


Liaise and engage with the Business Services (Shared Services) team to coordinate the provision of the required support and foundational services needed to operationalize standard people processes needs and requirements.


Formal Education


Post Graduate Honours Degree

Post Graduate Business qualification would be advantageous


Min Experience


  • 15+ years of experience in Human Resources in a highly unionised mining, manufacturing or engineering environment
  • 10+ years in a Leadership/Exco role
  • Fluent in multiple Official South African Languages
  • Willingness to relocate to Secunda


Certification & Professional Membership


None required

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