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Indigenous Engagement Manager

Indigenous Engagement Manager

  • Location Australia - Western Australia - Perth
  • Travel required Yes - up to 50%
  • Job category Communications & External Affairs Group
  • Relocation available No
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code 136991BR
  • Experience level Senior
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Job summary


In the role of Indigenous Engagement Manager, you will support bp’s growing clean energy business in Western Australia, with a focus on building the relationships with first nations and broader community representatives that are crucial to support bp’s operatorship of global-scale, renewable-based energy projects.
It will be part of a team of communications and external affairs professionals, providing specialist advice on complex cultural, reputational, regulatory and operational issues to top bp leaders.

The role will span a broad range of indigenous and community engagement activities, managing the development and implementation of Indigenous Land Use Agreements, cultural heritage considerations, as well as long-term community partnerships.

The role will also provide assurance that local activities align with bp’s global first nations and community engagement policies and practices.

Key Accountabilities:
Specific tasks / activities, management, reporting, interfaces etc. Ideally about 5 distinct statements, describing the role in more detail, in terms of activities and output core to this role

  • Provide best practice advice to business leaders on cultural heritage and native title matters
  • Lead negotiation of Indigenous Land Use agreements in support of WA clean energy projects, with initial focus in the Pilbara.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of comprehensive, long-term community partnerships that will help underpin sustainable projects.
  • Ensure a deep organisational understanding of and respect for cultural heritage and the role that first nations play in shaping and delivering successful projects.
  • Oversee governance of community partnerships, including consultation processes and innovative approaches to operations, employment and future opportunities.
  • Understand legislative frameworks and cultural heritage obligations, ensuring compliance and continuous improvement in agreement-making
  • Bring commercial and community drivers together, find solutions and establish protocols and frameworks for the future.
  • Represent bp and hold senior relationships with First Nations, community and government representatives involved in cultural heritage and social investment.
  • Work closely with Communications & External Affairs colleagues across Australia, particularly in the areas of Government Affairs and Community outreach.
  • Help develop a team of high-performing, culturally aware community engagement professionals.
  • Support delivery of bp’s Group Defined Practice in relation to First Nations and host communities.

Job Requirements:
  • BA degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. This could include cultural heritage, communications, environmental management, economics or social and political sciences.
  • Extensive experience in relevant industries with proven competencies in developing and implementing Land Use Agreements
  • In depth knowledge of cultural heritage and native title processes and procedures.
  • Track record of successful engagement and agreement-making with indigenous and non-indigenous community stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of regulatory aspects and familiarity with the interplay between government, community and traditional owner groups.
  • Excellent networking capability and inter-personnel skills
  • Experience of coordinating activities across internal and external organizational boundaries
  • A proven ability to work on and manage multiple, simultaneous projects and achieve successful outcomes.
  • Good leadership skills, with good communication and collaboration ability.

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