Posted On Apr 11

Vice President Global Indigenous Engagement & Community


Location : Campaign, TN

Headquarters : Melbourne, Australia

Hiring Mode : Full Time

Experience : Mid Level

About BHP
  • At BHP, we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. Our purpose is to bring people and resources together to build a better world. With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse, collaborative, and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities. Our strategy 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 success.
  • We invest in people and capability to deliver high performance and our aspiration for a gender-balanced, inclusive, and diverse workforce. We drive continuous improvement through respect for people’s differences, self-accountability, a hunger to learn and a commercial mindset. We know we are successful when we have stable and predictable operations with 70,000+ problem solvers across BHP improving the work they do and making better decisions every day. Come be a part of this success through this leadership role!
About the Role
  • Reporting to the Global Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, the VP Global Indigenous Engagement and Community will play a key role in representing BHP as a company ambassador with Indigenous and First Nations peoples, and community stakeholders globally. The newly created role will be responsible for providing global leadership and expertise across BHP’s relationships with Indigenous and First Nations stakeholders through a dedicated team focused on areas of engagement, human rights, agreement making, partnerships, cultural understanding, social investment, and employment. 
  • The Vice President Global Indigenous Engagement and Community will work in close collaboration with Corporate Affairs, Social Value, and the broader Public Policy & Legal Teams to ensure integration of the global strategies and fit for purpose application within the regions. In addition, this role will provide global leadership, expertise and advice across BHP’s Community and Social Investment practice through a centre of excellence focused on areas of policy, strategy, governance, capability building, decision evaluation, approval, and reporting.
  • This is a global search and location for this role is flexible for the right candidate.
About You
  • A significant and mission critical role within BHP’s Global Corporate Affairs function, the VP Global Indigenous Engagement & Community will be a confident and mature leader, highly skilled in persuasion, influencing and negotiation. You will demonstrate a proven success as a company ambassador with Indigenous and or First Nations peoples, and community stakeholders globally. The ability to build and develop a newly formed team across a wide variety of complex subject matter will be paramount, together with sound judgement, an issues radar and problem-solving capability. Your style will be humble, inclusive, and collaborative. You will possess a high level of integrity and discretion in dealing with sensitive issues, together with the ability to work with a high degree of autonomy. With exceptional communications skills, you will have the capability to effectively engage with and advise colleagues at all levels of BHP. You will relish the opportunities of in-country and international travel, as well as working as part of often remote, asset/product operations.
  • A natural leader, the incumbent will have the ability to “join the dots” between the BHP brand, the community and public policy and a genuine commitment to the BHP 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 at the senior most management level.
  • We value diversity in thinking and your career to date will testify to your ability get the best from a diverse and inclusive team culture. You will be able to demonstrate strong business acumen, have an understanding of the key drivers of shareholder value. Energetic and results-orientated, you work well under pressure bringing attention to detail and an ability to meet multiple and interdependent deadlines. You are able to establish credibility through your accomplishments, leadership and excellent communication skills. You relate well with people with an engaging style allowing you to communicate enthusiastically and build strong working relationships.
Minimum Requirements
Minimum requirements that this candidate will bring are:
  • Experience working with Traditional Owners and/or First Nations Peoples is essential
  • Tertiary qualification in indigenous affairs, politics, economics, communications, business or related field is required
  • Minimum of 20+ years international experience and expertise leading social and community performance, human rights policy, and Indigenous/ First Nations engagement, within a global corporate setting, including engagement with relevant local, national and global stakeholders
  • Strong experience advising business leaders at the executive group level on Indigenous/First Nations engagement, partnerships, and management of sustainable relationships
  • Depth leading multi-disciplinary teams in large, diverse businesses, preferably with a global/multi-geographic footprint
  • Deep technical and onsite asset experience and a strong understanding of legal frameworks as the relate to land use and benefits agreements
  • Strong experience understanding the operational, strategic, and emerging risks and impacts, with the ability to anticipate emerging trends across the lifecycle of a business
  • Ability to align regional or business unit specific strategies and tactics as part of a global, company-wide corporate affairs strategy
  • Demonstrated exposure and working knowledge of human rights, and human rights policy as it applies to large corporations operating in sensitive and complex geographies
  • Deep expertise in a broad range of corporate affairs competencies, including indigenous relations, community relations and stakeholder engagement
  • Well-developed issues management skills, with the ability to analyse risk to the business from Indigenous peoples or community actions, and actively report on implications on operations with recommendations for mitigation, as needed
Your accountabilities will include, and not be limited to:
  • Oversee the establishment of a global end-to-end Indigenous and First Nations Engagement function and strategy to lift and lead BHP’s ambition and performance in the increasingly business critical area of Indigenous rights, relationships, and partnerships
  • Oversee the establishment of a new centre of excellence to drive best practice and innovation, consistency and quality of Community and Social Investment practice globally
  • Establish direction for and day-to-day management of the Global Indigenous Engagement and Community function including planning, policy, budgeting, and people development
  • Ensure the functions and operations strategies are fully integrated with the company’s overarching global Corporate Affairs, External Affairs, Social Value, and various business strategies
  • Act as a key strategic advisor on Indigenous Engagement and Community (IEC) to the Chief Governance, Legal and External Affairs Officer, relevant ELT members, company Directors and Regional and Asset Leadership Teams
  • Member of the Global Corporate Affairs (GCA) leadership team accountable for working collectively and collaboratively with peers on the enhancement of strategy, practice and capability across the GCA team
  • Accountable to drive the enhancement of culture and capability across the IEC team, including establishing and monitoring staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct routine performance reviews, and deliver feedback and coaching
  • Accountabilities (cont.)
  • Indigenous and First Nations Engagement
  • Lead the development and implementation of BHP’s Global Indigenous and First Nations engagement strategy.
  • Oversee the governance, negotiation and delivery of land use and benefits agreements with First Nations across Australia, Canada, USA and Chile
  • Lead a global review of BHP’s commitments to and practices to embed free, prior, and informed consent and work to drive review findings through the entire business
  • Redesign and lead the Company’s global approach for ensuring appropriate engagement and consultation with Indigenous peoples in the decision-making process as it relates to projects relating to exploration, acquisition, or joint venture partnerships
  • Lead engagement with global and national organisations, peers, and industry bodies to seek to lift the collective standards around Indigenous engagement and heritage management globally.
  • Lead the global Cultural Heritage Working Group and drive the implementation of recommendations of the global Cultural Heritage review including reporting
  • Contemporise and drive implementation of a framework which ensures BHP identifies, documents, and manages cultural heritage, and seeks to minimise impacts on heritage sites
  • Establish a dedicated heritage team in operating jurisdictions outside of Australia
  • Work with the business globally to identify and create culturally appropriate Indigenous employment entry and development pathways for BHP, including management of the team responsible for recruitment and retention of Indigenous peoples
  • Increase the allocation of the Companies social investment expenditure to projects targeted at increasing voice, participation, and other outcomes with Indigenous peoples
  • Reset globally the policies and procedures which drive the work above through the business, including BHP’s global Indigenous Peoples Policy
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 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.