Senior Government Affairs Advisor

Alcoa Australia

Location: Booragoon

Job Type: Full time


Just as aluminium is the element of possibility, so too, are our current and future employees. When you join Alcoa, you have the opportunity to help define what it means to be a sustainable aluminium company. Our 135-year legacy gives you the systems and tools to thrive. We invented the industry and today we are redefining what it means to be a sustainable aluminium company from mines to metal. We are open, honest, accountable and do what we say we’ll do. We relentlessly pursue outstanding and sustainable results and creatively transform ideas into value. We treat all people with dignity and provide a diverse, inclusive work culture. We work safely, promote wellness, and protect the environment. Come grow your career, collaborate on a global scale and deliver materials essential to the world. Learn more about the endless career possibilities for you at Alcoa!

About the job

We have a unique opportunity for a driven individual experienced in government and public relations to join our Australian External Affairs team located at our HQ in Booragoon supporting Alcoa’s Mining, Refining and Smelting operations across Western Australia and Victoria.

In this role, you will be an integral part of the delivery of Alcoa’s business strategy to sustain and grow our license to operate, and actively contribute with the development and implementation of Alcoa’s state and federal government engagement strategy and advocacy.

Additional aspects of the role include:

  • Collaboration with Corporate Affairs to develop a compelling business narrative to influence both external and internal stakeholders.

  • Providing advanced intelligence, analysis and recommendations on emerging policy and political issues impacting Alcoa’s Australian businesses to drive informed decision-making.

  • Maintaining strong awareness of the Australian public policy environment and supporting operations with government stakeholder engagement, mapping, and analysis.

  • Supporting senior management participation to association and industry executive boards, events, and high-level fora.

About you

To play a part in our ongoing success we are seeking someone with:

  • Qualifications in Political Science, Public Policy, Economics, Law, or a related field.

  • High-level communication skills and ability to effectively engage with and influence stakeholders.

  • Strategic acumen with demonstrated experience in policy analysis and stakeholder engagement.

  • A natural ability to quickly build rapport and strong networks with both internal and external stakeholders.

  • Robust understanding of the current Australian political, legal and policy landscape.

  • Prior experience working in government would be valuable; experience in a state or federal Ministerial office would be highly regarded.

Why Alcoa?

Our values – act with integrity, operate with excellence, care for people, lead with courage – are at the foundation of everything we do.

At Alcoa we strive to create an inclusive workplace where employees can bring their whole selves to work regardless of their background. We know it starts and finishes with you, which is why our value ‘care for people’ is so important to us. It ensures not only your physical safety but also provides an inclusive and welcoming workplace for people from all walks of life, encouraging diversity of thought from each and every person.

We embrace change, new ideas and promote a culture of respect and equal opportunity. Our employment programs, underpinned by diversity and equality, continue to be recognised and rewarded. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, women and LGBTIQ+ job seekers.

As an Alcoa employee, you will embark on growth opportunities and can truly make a difference being part of an organisation that respects and considers flexibility whilst empowering you with stimulating and challenging work.

Flexible work arrangements may be considered, please let us know when you apply if this is something you are seeking.

What’s on offer?

  • Attractive remuneration package

  • Enjoy a monthly Leisure Day off

  • Benefits allowance

  • Performance related bonus (variable)

  • Industry leading superannuation

  • Generous parental leave scheme

  • Paid annual volunteering hours

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Novated car lease scheme

  • Employee groups including the Social Club, Alcoa Women’s Network, EAGLE (Employees at Alcoa for Gay, Lesbian, bisexual and transgender Equality) and AWARE (Alcoans Working Actively for Racial-ethnic Equality)

Our Locations

Alcoa’s Australian operations represent one of the world’s largest integrated bauxite mining, alumina refining and aluminium smelting systems and add value to Australia’s local, state and national economies at every stage. Our Australian operations support approximately 4,370 direct jobs including multiple entry talent pathways/programs, predominantly in regional Western Australia.

Supported by our head office in Booragoon and the Bindjareb Regional office in Pinjarra, our operations include: our world-class Technology Development Centre of Excellence (COE), two bauxite mines in Western Australia (Huntly and Willowdale); three alumina refineries in Western Australia (Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup); one aluminium smelter in Victoria (Portland); two dedicated port facilities in Western Australia (Kwinana and Bunbury); and two Alcoa Farmlands sites in Western Australia (Pinjarra and Wagerup).

Applications close
Thursday, 8 December 2022

Please note that no agency applications will be accepted at this time.

Additional information

  • Interviews may progress prior to the closing date, although all applications will be considered.

  • You will only be contacted if you are shortlisted for an interview, this process can take up to four weeks from the closing date.

  • This position is available only to permanent Australian residents or applicants who hold the relevant Visa with authority to work in Australia. Please ensure this information is clearly stated on your application.



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