Chief People Officer, WPP AUNZ, Sydney, New South Wales

Created 10/07/2021
Reference 1257335936
Category Human Resources
Job type Full-time
Country Australia
State New South Wales
City Sydney
WPP Executive Leadership

Position Title: WPP Chief People Officer, Australia and New Zealand

Location: Sydney, Australia

Reports To: President, WPP Australia and New Zealand

Direct Reports:
- Head of People Development (dual reporting to WPP Global Lead L&D)
- Head of Compensation & Benefits (dual reporting to WPP Global Head of Reward)
- Head of Talent Acquisition (dual reporting to WPP Global TA Lead)
- Inclusion & Engagement Lead, APAC (dual reporting to WPP Corporate People Lead)
- Senior People Business Partner, WPP Corporate

About WPP

WPP is the global leader in marketing and communications services and one of the world's largest creative transformation companies. It comprises leading companies in advertising, media investment management, PR and public affairs, branding and identity, healthcare communications, digital, ecommerce and shopper marketing, and specialist communications. WPP works with 325 of the Fortune Global 500, all 30 of the Dow Jones 30, 62 of the NASDAQ 100 and 61 of the FTSE 100. Headquartered in London, it employs over 100,000 people. The business is listed on the London and New York Stock Exchanges with a market capitalisation of circa US$15bn.

WPP has unrivalled assets and capabilities including the world's most-awarded creative agencies. In June 2021, WPP was named the most creative company of the year at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, collecting a total of 190 Lions, including a Titanium Lion, 12 Grand Prix, 28 Gold, 57 Silver and 92 Bronze, with winners representing 38 different countries.

WPP has the number one media-buying operation worldwide and many of the world's leading specialist communication agencies. The business has been a leader not only in scale but in the modernisation of the industry - pioneering the application of data and technology to communications, the consolidation of media buying to achieve the best outcomes for clients, and the seamless integration of different marketing services to provide clients with the most effective and efficient solutions.
WPP's offering covers four areas: communications, experience, commerce, and technology, each critical to success for modern clients. It has leading positions in fast-growth markets, world-class digital brands, and strong mutual relationships with technology companies such as Adobe, Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft and Salesforce. WPP reported annual revenues of £12 billion in December 2020, with total billings of £46.9 billion.

WPP has a wide geographic footprint, with significant presence in the largest as well as faster growing advertising economies. WPP serves clients across over 3,000 offices in 111 countries and, as of FY2020, the company's regional revenue makeup comprised £4.5 billion from North America; £0.5 billion from Latin America; £1.6 billion from United Kingdom; £2.4 billion from Western Continental Europe; £0.3 billion from Central and Eastern Europe; £0.3 billion from Africa and Middle East and £2.4 billion from Asia Pacific.

WPP is Gold in the EcoVadis CSR rating for the fifth year in a row and Most Effective in the Effie Global Effectiveness Index 2012-2020. WPP is an Industry Leader in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, for a third year in a row. 40% of people in executive leadership positions are women and Social Investment as a percentage of reported profit before tax is 1.60 %.


Mark Read was appointed as WPP's new Chief Executive Officer in September 2018 and took decisive action to strengthen what had become a complex organisation in a dynamic industry facing structural change. WPP's new strategy was presented to the market with a focus on three principles behind the new organization - Clients, Companies and Countries.

Australia is WPP's fifth biggest market with net sales of approximately $380m, EBITDA of over $45m and over 2,600 people. Combined with New Zealand the AUNZ region accounts for net sales of approximately $425m, EBITDA of over $50m and over 3,500 people.

All of WPP's major global operating company brands are present in Australia alongside local specialists such as The Brand Agency, Cannings and Parker & Partners.

The Role

As WPP CPO, Australia and New Zealand, you will be geographically focused to provide operational and geo-bound activities which are priorities in our business. You will have key responsibility for the following:

- Supporting the WPP President, AUNZ, on matters focused on People, Culture and Purpose
- Help to attract and develop a local leadership team capable of delivering our global People strategy
- Lead the Inclusion & Diversity team locally to drive awareness and improve diversity at WPP in Australia
- Deliver on our global purpose objective to use the power of creativity to build a better future for our people, planet, clients, and communities
- As part of the WPP Country CPO team you will lead the delivery of key milestones in support of our global transformation across People, Finance and Shared Services functional strategy in the local market to drive efficiencies.
- Leadership of our WPP Corporate company for employees in APAC (~300 AUNZ + ASIA ~ 100 Employees (excluding China and India)) driving through initiatives centred around engagement, DE&I and belonging.

Candidate Profile

- You will put collaboration at the heart of the solution and will lead with a collaborative mindset: create partnerships and build trust by demonstrating a commitment to the success of others, building a team mentality, and leading by example.
- You will build stakeholder relationships leading to productive, mutually rewarding partnerships within the businesses, across the network and at WPP leadership level. You will be recognised and trusted by senior agency leaders. Specifically, it will be key to build strong relationships with working with each of the agency Global, regional, and local CPO's.
- You will be an exceptional communicator with strong influencing and decision-making skills. Able to display listening and questioning skills that penetrate to the real cause of issues, and the capability to address them pragmatically and with professionalism.
- You will bring a successful track record of managing relationships in a matrixed environment and find a way to create solutions and maintain high levels of satisfaction.
- Possess the intellectual ability and experience to have opinions on the desired actions needed to support the success of the business and will have the confidence, desire and gravitas to make these opinions known.
- Be able to challenge the status-quo and proactively seek ways to bring innovation both within the People function and in other business areas as part of the Executive Leadership team.
- Excellent listening skills, who is the first 'brick' to build key relationships, both with the wider enterprise People teams, with the Executive brand leaders.

Personal Characteristics:

- A strong strategic perspective. Able to step back from the day-to-day detail, identifying and avoiding potential challenges in the future.
- High levels of personal drive and determination to succeed.
- High levels of personal confidence, credibility, professionalism, and integrity.
- Highly personable, builds relationships but is also able to make tough decisions and give feedback.
- Demonstrates resilience in the face of feedback, setbacks, or resistance.

WPP Behaviours:

- Live WPP's values of being open, optimistic and committed to extraordinary work.
- Open: We are inclusive and collaborative; we encourage the free exchange of ideas; we respect and celebrate diverse views. We are open-minded: to new ideas, new partnerships, new ways of working.
- Optimistic: We believe in the power of creativity, technology and talent to create brighter futures for our people, our clients and our communities. We approach all that we do with confidence: to try the new and to seek the unexpected.
- Extraordinary: we are stronger together: through collaboration we achieve the amazing.
- We are creative leaders and pioneers of our industry; we deliver extraordinary every day.

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