Head of Corporate Affairs, South Australia


Location: Adelaide

Job Type: Not Specified


About BHP

At BHP, we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential so they feel valued and are continuously contributing to our purpose of bringing people and resources together to build a better world. We invest in people and work with purpose to achieve an environment that is gender-balanced, inclusive, and diverse.

With a global portfolio of the world’s necessary future facing commodities, BHP is able to offer a diverse, collaborative, and inclusive environment. Our focus is to create a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and vision, and where the capability of our people is key to our signature successes of continuous improvement, operational discipline and social value.

Come join the team of 70,000+ problem solvers across BHP in this important leadership role!

About the Role - Job Description

Reporting to the Vice President Corporate Affairs for Minerals Australia, the Head of Corporate Affairs SA will drive the delivery management of the global strategy, framework and implementation required to protect and enhance BHP’s reputation, to manage risk, and to continuously contribute to social value creation. The incumbent of the role is responsible for integrating and delivering the Community, Social Investment, Government and Corporate Affairs plans and activities across asset and functional boundaries. This includes acting as a key strategic advisor on reputational issues to the Olympic Dam Asset President, and as a key member of the Olympic Dam Asset Leadership Team and the Australian Corporate Affairs Leadership Team.

The role is also accountable to drive the enhancement of culture and capability across the Olympic Dam Corporate Affairs team, including establishing and monitoring staff performance and development goals, assigning accountabilities, setting objectives, establishing priorities, conducting routine performance reviews, and delivering feedback and coaching.

This is a global search; with the role to be based in Adelaide, Australia.

About You - Skills and Qualifications

The Head of Corporate Affairs, South Australia will be an established and proven Corporate Affairs professional bringing demonstrated experience at a leadership level within a similar, complex national or multinational environment. They will understand the importance of reputation and External Affairs and be both operationally and organizationally focused in order to deliver on the business’ overarching strategy. You will likely have worked at a senior level in a complex business, preferably in resources and / or energy. You will also have a strong understanding of how public policy and government work.

A natural leader, you will have the ability to ’join the dots‘ between the BHP brand, the community and public policy and a genuine commitment to BHP’s Charter Values of Sustainability, Integrity, Respect, Performance, Simplicity and Accountability. The ability to drive strategy, convert to measurable actions and results will be key.

The successful candidate will be sharp in making sound judgement, leveraging from relevant experience and working effectively across multiple levels of management.

Your career to date will testify to your ability to demonstrate strong critical reasoning skills, quickly grasp technical concepts and apply theories. You will be able to demonstrate strong business acumen, have an understanding of the key drivers of shareholder value. Energetic and driven, you work well under pressure bringing attention to detail and an ability to meet multiple and competing deadlines. You are able to establish credibility through your fiscal analysis, and excellent communication skills. You relate well with people with an engaging style allowing you to communicate confidently and build strong working relationships and networks.


Minimum requirements that this candidate will bring are:

  • Tertiary qualification (Bachelor’s degree) in a relevant discipline
  • Significant experience leading communications, and public, government & community relations in a highly-regulated, high-impact organization
  • Experience working in the resources or energy sector may be an advantage, but not required
  • Exceptional communications skills including capability to effectively engage with and advise colleagues at all levels of the Company
  • Experience leading multi-disciplinary teams in large, diverse businesses, preferably with a global or national geographic footprint
  • Ability to align regional or business unit specific strategies and tactics as part of a global, company-wide Corporate Affairs strategy
  • Well-developed issues management skills
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Ability to analyse risk and actively report on implications on operations with recommendations for mitigation
  • High levels of integrity and discretion in dealing with sensitive matters
  • Proven ability to effectively engage with high-level Government officials, staff, indigenous peoples and community members
  • Demonstrate commitment to the BHP Charter and Code of Business Conduct


Your accountabilities will include, and not be limited to:


  • Oversee the direction and day to day management of the Corporate Affairs team including planning, budgeting and people development;
  • Act as a key strategic advisor on Corporate Affairs to the Asset Leadership Team and General Managers of the Asset and Functional Lead teams
  • Member of the Australian Corporate Affairs leadership team accountable for working collectively and collaboratively with peers on the enhancement of strategy, practice and capability across the Corporate Affairs team;
  • Accountable to drive the enhancement of culture and capability across a diverse team;
  • Embed a culture of care and belonging for all team members, seeks and actions feedback on how they can create a safe and inclusive team culture with humility (e.g. through go-and-see). Promotes the recognition of positive behaviours within and across their team;
  • Foster a culture that encourages curiosity, learning, an openness to change and reflection. Maintains a strong internal/external network to support personal insight and growth;
  • Strive to achieve 100% safety, 100% customer value and 0% waste.

Accountabilities (continued)

Government, Community and Social Investment

  • Oversee the execution of BHP’s strategy for engaging with Government at the South Australian State level
  • Liaise and interact with senior political leaders and senior government officials on business related to public policy issues;
  • Negotiate and monitor key partnerships with governments in relation to community and regional initiatives;
  • Ensure active, regular monitoring, analysis and research of political and community attitudes to South Australia operations;
  • Ensure the company contributes to the identification and addressing of strategic public policy issues that have potential impacts on the business;
  • Oversee the development and execution of BHP’s strategy for engaging with communities in locations where South Australian assets are based;
  • Oversee the design, management and evaluation of local and regional social investment programs;
  • Work closely with the Indigenous Engagement team to support the implementation of BHP’s Indigenous Engagement strategy in South Australia;
  • Work closely with the Media and Communication teams to ensure alignment and a consistent approach to media and communications management;
  • Partner with Asset Leadership Team members and other critical senior roles to ensure that operational, strategic and emerging policy, political and community risks are understood and well controlled;
  • Actively participate in industry associations, and co-ordinate company-wide input to industry lead campaigns and legislative change;
  • Provide guidance to Asset President and Asset Leadership Team and Functions on Corporate Affairs risks and relevant mitigating actions;
  • Provide Corporate Affairs input Asset and Business plans;
  • Support the internal and external communications plans of the Asset and associated communication materials and tools.

About our Process

At BHP, we are committed to employing individuals who align with the BHP Charter Values and meet the requirements of the role. As part of the recruitment process, there are a number of checks which may be conducted to demonstrate applicants suitability for a role including police / criminal background checks, medical, drug and alcohol testing, due diligence checks, right to work checks, and/or reference checks.

BHP also requires employees in Australia to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our people (from the 31st of January 2022 or earlier depending on relevant state health directives). If you are applying for a role at BHP please consider this new requirement when submitting your application. BHP will also adhere to any relevant health directives that may be made that affects our workforce. For further information please see our website (LINK)

Supporting a Diverse Workforce

At BHP, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to provide a work environment where everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage a diversity of thought, perspective, journey, and experience. We know there are many aspects of our employees' lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life. These benefits include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, other extended leave entitlements and parent rooms. The size and magnitude of our business not only provides significant opportunity for professional development, but also attractive salary packages with performance based bonuses and unique BHP employee share program.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, citizenship, genetic information or other protected status under federal, state or local laws.

BHP is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disability.

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