BHP Billiton Nickel West

Job Sharing in Senior Leadership
Category Nomination Outstanding Company Initiative

Nickel West has successfully implemented the first senior leadership job-sharing role within one of the largest mining companies in the world. BHP Billiton. The role is one of 30 senior manager positions at Nickel West and is responsible for the finance function of BHP Billiton’s Nickel Assets, including three operating mines, three concentrators, a smelter and a refinery. The position leads a team of 11 professionals. Job sharing in a role such as this is the first of its kind at Nickel West and the broader BHP Billiton group.  Research and preparation was undertaken to develop a successful model, including a business case supported by a full risk assessment, management of change document and implementation plan.  The initiative creates flexibility, promotes diversity and allows women to continue to advance their careers whilst achieving the elusive work/life balance.