General Manager External Relations and Communications

General Manager External Relations and Communications

Australian Minerals and Energy Skills Alliance (AUSMESA)

Melbourne | Brisbane | Perth

Management – Vocational (Education & Training)

Full time

  • Lead our strategy, brand, marketing, and communications function and be passionate about bringing AUSMESA’s brand to life in this new national role
  • Raise the profile of mining and automotive workforce skills to stakeholders and the broader public
  • Demonstrate AUMSESA’s valuable contribution to driving workforce capability for all stakeholders
  • National search, with the role able to be based in Melbourne, Brisbane, or Perth

What will you be doing?

As a key leader in our team, you’ll be:

Executing all brand, marketing, and communications activities to enable AUSMESA to be the trusted voice of workforce skills for the mining and automotive sectors

Developing strategies to create, implement and positively impact our performance areas and deliver our strategic outcomes

Managing the organisation’s brand equity through a targeted brand strategy underpinning AUSMESA’s activities

Raising the profile of AUSMESA through expert delivery of all external and internal communications activities, including the management of planning, production and delivery of all communications and AUSMESA’s national, state and regional communication needs

Building demand for AUSMESA’s leadership, credential and product offerings and communicate AUSMESA’s relevance and influence in strategic workforce development

Leading, developing and inspiring a team of talented and passionate brand, marketing and communications professionals who work closely to partner with the organisation and our stakeholders, delivering value and success

Contributing to all strategic, financial, and operational planning objectives

Fostering positive relationships with all internal and external stakeholders, including federal and state/territory governments, peak industry bodies, industry, unions, training providers, learners, our people, our members and external service providers

In a nutshell: this is the opportunity to lead meaningful change that you’ve been looking for.


Who are you?

You’ll be a creative leader who thrives on finding new ways of doing things. You’ll enjoy building relationships, energising people around change, and delivering results in a fast-paced ‘start-up’ environment.


You’ll also bring:

Demonstrable expertise in brand, marketing and communications with relevant tertiary qualifications and experience leading a national, cross-functional team

Experience influencing and building effective relationships across all levels of an organisation, influencing at an executive and Board level, advocating for brand, marketing and communications and its critical role in meeting organisational objectives

A performance-driven, outcomes-orientated and customer focussed approach, developing solutions and executing successful marketing and communication campaigns involving the design, creation and management of content and channels

Strong business and commercial acumen with experience realising benefits, efficiencies, and managing multi-million-dollar budgets

Forward-thinking and compelling leadership skills, with experience executing organisation-wide programs, operating, and influencing effectively across the organisation and within complex contexts

Exceptional people leadership skills with a proven record driving performance in a team-based work environment that includes guiding, developing and mentoring people

A collaborative approach and possess strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills to communicate clearly and with influence

Outstanding interpersonal written and verbal communication skills, presentation, and report-writing skills

Discerning problem-solving skills and you’re comfortable leading through change, ambiguity, and complexity

You’ll also be a self-starter who takes initiative and can work autonomously. And you genuinely value diversity and actively contribute to a respectful and fun workplace.


Who are we?

The Australian Minerals and Energy Skills Alliance Limited (AUSMESA) is an independent, industry-led organisation aiming to support and transform vocational education and training (VET) delivery across the mining and automotive sectors.

The AUSMESA vision is to drive workforce capability for all stakeholders, now and into the future.

We are essentially a start-up operation – growing, changing, adapting, and developing as we go.

AUSMESA plays a key role across the Australian skills and workforce development ecosystem. We partner with industry, governments, educators, and the workforce to help meet the mining and automotive sectors’ workforce capability requirements. We play a pivotal role to ensure Australia’s VET system is well respected by employers, responsive to changing technologies, and flexible to market demands.

The Federal Government announced AUSMESA as the Mining and Automotive Jobs and Skills Council (JSC), which aims to strengthen industry leadership and engagement to deliver a VET system that can respond rapidly to changes in Australia’s economy and build a skilled and resilient national workforce. As a Jobs and Skills Council, we facilitate greater and more impactful engagement across the workforce and skills ecosystem.

AUSMESA also houses the Mining Skills Organisation Pilot (MSOP), funded by the Commonwealth Government to inform improvement to Australia’s VET system.

More information on AUSMESA can be found at

More information about Jobs and Skills Councils can be found at Jobs and Skills Councils – Stage One outcomes announced – Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, Australian Government (

More information on the MSOP can be found at

AUSMESA is an equal-opportunity employer and values the flexibility of hybrid working arrangements. We encourage you to talk to us about how this role can be flexible for you and any adjustments you may require to our recruitment process or the role itself.  If you are a candidate with a disability, let us know how we can provide you with additional support.


Next steps

If this sounds like the opportunity you’ve been waiting for, click “APPLY” to submit your resume and a brief cover letter outlining why you would be a great addition to our team.

Confidential enquiries may be directed to Kathy Uhlik (Manager, Organisational Development) on 0409 274 816.

Please note: Only applicants who submit both a resume and relevant cover letter will be considered. While we appreciate your time in applying for this role, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.