Principal Indigenous Advocacy

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Work type

Full Time, Fixed Term

Job category

Corporate Affairs

Date published

14 June 2019

Date closing

30 June 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

The majority of BHP’s Assets are located on lands traditionally owned or occupied by Indigenous peoples, whose land related rights are increasingly asserted and formally recognised across multiple jurisdictions. BHP recognises the importance of working closely with these key stakeholders and effective management of relationships with Indigenous peoples consistent with international best practice is therefore increasingly critical to the achievement of business outcomes.

In this newly created position of Principal Indigenous Advocacy, you will report to the Head of Indigenous Engagement Australia and be a senior advisor within the Corporate Affairs Minerals Australia team where you will have the lead role in the execution of BHP’s recently amplified Indigenous Advocacy drive, aligned with the themes of Voice, Treaty and Truth. You will play a critical part of how BHP delivers on its public advocacy commitment in our Reconciliation Action Plan to Indigenous stakeholders.

You will also be responsible for:  
  • Leading the development and execution of the company’s Indigenous Advocacy approach aligned with BHP’s public commitments in our Reconciliation Action Plan, including establishment and ongoing management of an Indigenous Advisory Panel and a national Traditional Owner Forum.
  • Strategic relationship management with external Indigenous organisations, leaders and the broader Indigenous community to ensure BHP’s strategy and approach is aligned with the aspirations of community and appropriately delivered.
  • Developing and maintaining a strong internal network with leaders, teams and critical influencers to identify and support activities that strategically support Indigenous advocacy ambitions and engagement.
  • Enhancing BHP’s Indigenous advocacy performance through critical thought leadership and a deep technical understanding of national and regional matters affecting Indigenous peoples.
  • Contributing strategic internal advice on Reconciliation Action Plan development, execution and performance.
  • Supporting the Communications team in public relations activities for Indigenous Engagement programs to internal and external audiences.
  • Operating in a national context that also understands the political and social climate of the communities and regions where BHP operates.

About You

To be successful in this role you will identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and have a strong desire to work within Indigenous Engagement to enact positive change and to enable BHP to fulfil our commitments in engaging with the Indigenous community in Australia. Your previous experience working in the Indigenous Affairs field will see you be able to develop and maintain mutually beneficial and strong relationships with Indigenous stakeholders and communities that support their economic, social and cultural pursuits.

You possess an understanding of Indigenous communities and have prior experience working with Governments and other bodies. Additionally, you will have had good exposure to managing significant partnerships and critical relationships with external organisations, and experience in the mining, resource or related industry/sector is preferred but not essential.

This position is offered as a two year fixed term contract. 

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 this position will only be open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants. The filling of this position is intended to constitute a special measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (VIC). 

Providing employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is an important part of our 2017 – 2020 Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

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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