Principal Corporate Affairs Joint Ventures

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South America


Chile - Santiago

Work type

Full Time

Job category

Corporate Affairs

Date published

26 November 2019

Date closing

08 December 2019 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


  • Advise Corporate Affairs leadership and Non Operated Joint Ventures (NOJV) Asset team on key risks to BHP and ensure suitable strategies are in place to prevent and mitigate.
  • Act as BHP´s nominated committee member and alternate board member, to uphold highest governance standards and ensure BHP exposure is limited.
  • Through the governance structure, influence the Joint Venture Asset to adopt the appropriate standards to maximise value.

Core Accountabilities
  • Ensure compliance with the BHP Billiton Charter, the BHP Billiton Group Level Documents, Code of Conduct and relevant statutory obligations.
  • An overriding commitment to health, safety, environment responsibility and sustainable development.
  • Implement an approach to continuously influence Joint Ventures to adapt and implement standards aligned to the ICMM Sustainable Development Framework and IFC Performance Standard 5.
  • Understand the key risks to the Joint Ventures and provide strategic advice to assure the application of the highest standards.
  • Provide second line of defence assurance on corporate affairs matters, including community, government relations, communications and reputational aspects of Joint Ventures work and impact to BHP.
  • Provide BHP leadership with a clear understanding of risks at the JV level, standards and policies in place to address them and any exposures to BHP.
  • Develop BHP communications plans and responses to media and investors as required.
  • Support general Corporate Affairs Minerals America work in the Santiago office, particularly general planning, liaising with the Melbourne office, and second line of defence work on Chilean operations.
  • Influencing plans are developed and implemented accordingly.
  • Effective and active participation in the JV leadership team and with other key internal clients in the Santiago office.
  • Management and execution of the NOJV Corporate Affairs Strategy and other plans and strategies based in the Santiago office. 
  • Ensure BHP’s reputation is protected and risks, issues and opportunities are identified well in advanced.
  • Strategic management of relationships with key internal and external stakeholders in support of the NOJV strategy.

About You


  • Tertiary qualification in social or governmental affairs. 
  • Masters degree preferred.

Experience and Technical Competencies

  • Extensive experience  in building strategies to manage operational community issues including in areas of stakeholder mapping and engagement, cultural heritage, agreement-making, community development and social dialogue, social investment, grievance management and conflict resolution.
  • Extensive experience in issues management and policy design, development and advocacy on key issues including social licence, human rights, Indigenous people, supply chain management and transparency.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the BHP´s approach to Sustainability, Environment and Community.
  • Proven ability to work with senior internal and external stakeholders to develop relationships and plans that contribute to sustainable outcomes.
  • Experience working in complex socio-political environment, including cross-cultural environments and working in multi-disciplinary teams to support the achievement of outcomes.
  • Extensive experience in the area of community and social performance management, preferably in the resources sector.
  • High level, effective verbal and written communication.
  • Strategy and negotiation skills.
  • Influencing and working with a team that is not mandated to align with BHP standards and policies.
    Strong relationship building; able to develop strong relationships with JV partners and shareholders as well as internal multi-disciplinary stakeholders.
  • Exposure to and understanding of Agile working principles.
  • Effective leadership and management including coaching skills.
  • Bilingual English-Spanish speaker preferred.

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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