Manager Land Access - Ecuador

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South America



Work type

Full Time

Job category

Community Development

Date published

04 February 2020

Date closing

17 February 2020 at 00:00 GMT

About BHP

At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities.  Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success. Come and be a part of this success.

About the role

BHP defines the contribution we make to society – to our partners, shareholders, local communities, the economy and environment – as social value. Creating social value is critical to achieving our purpose “to bring people and resources together to build a better world”. As BHP recognized the need to operationaliseour commitment to ensure we are proactively identifying opportunities to help bring about meaningful and long lasting value, based on stronger relationships and deeper insight in to the needs and concerns of ourstakeholders, we also need to adapt to the ensure we have the right people in the right place to deliver this work
Cerro Quebrado, part of BHP, the world's largest integrated resources company, is moving into an exciting period of sustainable growth and development. With a clear strategy and focus on Copper projects from early stage concept development through to advanced exploration, we now have an opportunity for a Manager - Land Access to join our team in a role based in Quito, Ecuador.


  • The Manager Land Access collaborates and liaises with various work streams, workgroups and functions across the BHP business. 
  • The Manager also has the responsibility of relationships with indigenous communities and organizations, non-government organizations, government organizations and other critical stakeholders.
  • The Manager Land Access is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, assessing and administering services and programming in support of Exploration
  • The Manager Land Access uses data analysis to assess the effectiveness of engagement strategies and to identify trends that inform enhancement and community engagement
  • Development of the Community Stakeholder Identification and Engagement Management Plan including development of individual strategies, monitoring programs and key messages to community members and stakeholders in accordance with the Community and Stakeholder Engagement Plan
  • Manages grievances and material community misconceptions as they are received
  • Leads effectiveness reviews of the Community and Stakeholder Engagement Plan every three months
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with key external stakeholders in order to ensure delivery of exploration work programs
  • Promote and embed a strong performance culture through the setting and monitoring of performance targets and key decision points
  • Give strategic leadership to Exploration and functions, creating a culture of effective and efficient services that are focused on reducing lead times for permitting and access as well as meeting the needs of our internal and external stakeholders
  • Lead and support change, and promote and embed a culture of learning and innovation, responding to the needs of our stakeholders in order to drive continuous improvement 
  • Identifies, investigates and reports developing community threats with a one month to six month development window
  • Developing and implementing appropriate strategies, programs, and policies for all stakeholders to achieve positive image & brand
  • Managing and coordinating research into stakeholder's perceptions and image of the Corporation, to achieve positive reputation for the Corporation
  • Coaches peers in community and cultural sensitivity
  • Prepares commercial envelopes for negotiation with land owners/users with input from the Commercial team as required and then leads the negotiations
  • Design of community donations, community projects and sponsorship programs in accordance with BHP practices and global commitments. Identify educational, training, or other development opportunities for sustainability
  • Manages the Workstream budget, ensuring it is analysed, planned and aligned with overall objectives and with BHP policy and procedure. Ensures that the resource management and financial planning are at the heart of strategic decision making so that resources are aligned to priorities and supports long term financial stability
  • Defines rehabilitation requirements that meet land owners/users expectations and undertake rehabilitation inspections
  • In consultation with the General Manager, builds and maintains relationships with governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and private sector environment experts
  • Ensures that Exploration identifies and understands the community and social value risks, and their required controls, associated with acquisition and exploration activities planned in complex operating environments
  • Monitors Exploration organisational capacity and capability assigned to manage social value related operations risks and initiates interventions at the request of line management
  • Research environmental sustainability issues, concerns, or stakeholder interests and development of subsequent strategies to manage identified issues

About You

To be considered for this role you will have a proven track record or interest in Land Access (Community and/or Environment) and strong project management experience. Experience in multiple regions across Ecuador will be favorably considered. Preference will be given to candidates with a resource or petroleumindustry background, including geology, legal, environmental permitting and stakeholder engagement.Applications from candidates who possess the requisite skills and experience gained outside of these sectors will also be considered.A demonstrated capacity to understand government legislation and regulations is essential. The candidate will ideally have a basic understanding of the management of accounts and finance administration.Proficiency in database software is essential and exposure to Geographic Information System (GIS) desirable. We want team players who have excellent analytical and communication skills with a demonstrated ability to multi-task and meet critical deadlines. Advanced level of Spanish. English is desirable.

Supporting a diverse workforce

At BHP, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from women and Indigenous people. 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.  
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