Committed to people programs
Raytheon Australia’s leader is 2019 Australian HR Champion of the Year
The 2019 Australian HR Awards have honored Raytheon Australia Managing Director Michael Ward as an Australian Human Resources Champion (CEO) of the Year. Ward received the honor at a ceremony held in Sydney on 6 September 2019.
“This achievement is a testament to the long-standing investment that Michael has made in continually developing our workforce,” said Raytheon Australia’s Head of Human Resources Janette Coulton. “Through his focus on leadership, the ongoing professionalisation of the HR function and the implementation of innovative people initiatives, Michael has created a culture that is truly strategy-led and values-based.”
During Ward’s tenure with the company, Raytheon Australia has implemented policies that support parents, veterans and carers while also leading the way to close the gender pay gap through progressive HR initiatives.
“Over the past decade we have learned that it is our unique workforce and the expertise that they bring that sets us apart from our competitors,” Coulton said. “That’s why we will always be as committed to our people as we are to our customer.”
There are real benefits to a company when its culture encourages flexibility, diversity and inclusion, Coulton said.
“Underpinning these cultural values is our ability to provide career growth and leadership development opportunities for our workforce,” she said.
The company has a unique professional development program to provide employees with ongoing growth opportunities: the Leadership Continuum, which was also recognised as a finalist in the 2019 HR Awards.
“Since 2010, more than 650 employees have advanced through our Leadership Continuum, with many graduates being promoted to more senior roles within the company,” Coulton said. “However, we recognise that there is more to be done in order to create a workforce culture capable of housing five generations. Michael and I have again partnered to craft the next generation of HR initiatives, which we look forward to unveiling this year – focused on growing our people and attracting the very best future workforce.”