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Access and Approvals Advisor

APA Group

Location: Perth

Job Type: Full time


About Us

APA is a leading Australian energy infrastructure business. We own and/or manage and operate a diverse, $22 billion portfolio of gas, electricity, solar and wind assets. Consistent with our purpose to strengthen communities through responsible energy, we deliver approximately half of the nation’s gas usage and connect Victoria with South Australia, Tasmania with Victoria and New South Wales with Queensland through our investments in electricity transmission assets. We are also one of the largest owners and operators of renewable power generation assets in Australia, with wind and solar projects across the country.

We employ more than 2,200 people across Australia and know that they are the key to our success. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive culture, where all our people feel safe, valued, and trusted to do their best every day.

The Opportunity

We now have an exciting opportunity available for Advisor to join us in our Western Australian Access and Approvals team in Perth on a full time permanent basis. The role is primarily Perth based, but does include some travel for consultation and compliance assurance activities.

Reporting to the Manager Access and Approvals, you will play a key role in undertaking the processes required to enable APA Group to plan and secure regulatory, environmental and cultural approvals and gain tenure for its pipelines and energy projects.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work within a team to plan projects, Identify and gain all approvals required and advising on schedule, budget and key risks and mitigations during development and delivery.
  • With the team, Identify and liaise with relevant stakeholders to negotiate structured agreement and option documents, and secure tenure for APA projects.
  • Build and maintain relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to proactively manage issues, concerns, and disputes effectively, build trust and respect, and anticipate and respond to stakeholder needs.
  • Appoint and manage external consultants through the preparation of scope and deliverables for packages of work where required and manage their performance
  • Maintain compliance with statutory and legal processes, systems and assurance processes for land records, established land access rules for established properties, and ensure that all field activities adhere to the project HSE management plan and broader APA policy, to ensure that best practices are being followed

Your background

  • Experience in the delivery of land access, management and/or approvals in the Energy or similar industry
  • Ability to negotiate and collaborate effectively across the organisation and externally; by building and developing relationships based on trust, integrity, and credibility
  • Sound analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, along with strong attention to detail
  • Well-developed verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to work in an organised, safe and efficient manner, while working in accordance with policies and procedures applicable to functional responsibilities
  • Ability to work autonomously and able to prioritise workloads, including working under pressure to meet targets and deadlines
  • Understanding of key Project Management principles

About the Team

The team has a diverse range of skills and experiences and collaboratively work to progress projects through development and delivery. Consistent with our purpose to strengthen communities through responsible energy, our team works with the broader project teams to develop project plans and alignemnts and works with all relevant internal and external stakeholders to coordinate all access and approvlas aspects of the projects.

The team is currently expanding with the increased focus on renewable energy and this is an exciting opportunity to be part of Australia’s energy transition and play a key role in supporting WA’s critical energy infrastructure.

Working at APA

APA is an equal opportunity employer. The safety and sustainability of our people, community and environment is our focus. We embrace diversity in our people to ensure our workforce is representative of the communities that we operate in.

APA provides you with access to targeted career development programs, competitive remuneration, employee benefits, and work–life balance and wellbeing programs. APA also have an inclusive parental leave policy that supports all parents throughout their parenting journey.

Applicants must be eligible to work in Australia to be considered.

Sound like your kind of career? We’d love to hear from you.

Role closes Wednesday, 27 September 2023. Role Reference numbers 4898