BP Australia, Head of Communications & External Affairs Job Opening

As a leading energy force in Australia since 1919 and New Zealand since 1946, BP is driven by the upstream exploration, refining of crude oil and natural gas and the downstream marketing supply of fuel, lubricant and bitumen products. Our scope includes Sales, Marketing, Refining, Dealer, Distributor, Convenience Retail, Supply and Logistics. Over 9000 people across Australia and New Zealand choose to work with us and help us grow. If you share our passion and values of making a difference every day, then bring your talent and experience and join our diverse and fast growing BP team.

BP Australia, Head of Communications & External Affairs Job Opening

Job Details:

Head of Communications & External Affairs
Communications & External Affairs
Public, Government & Regulatory Affairs
Australia – Victoria
Outstanding leadership career opportunity to lead and develop the communication and external affairs strategy across all BP operating entities across the ANZ region.

Reporting to the SPU Leader and accountable to the BP Group Head of Communications, the successful candidate will develop the Communications & External Affairs team to provide communications and external affairs advice to the BP ANZ Fuels Value Chain Leadership Team.

Influencing skills and experience are required to build, maintain and influence the federal and state governments of Australia and New Zealand and other key external stakeholders, through the development of strong advocacy plans and the careful management of external relationships.

Acting as an effective business partner with Exploration & Production and the ANZ FVC Leadership Team, you will make critical decisions impacting both the near and longer term direction of the company, whilst implementing communications standards, policy and tools for crisis communications.

Provide assurance that media relations, employee communications and emergency response are fully aligned with BP group objectives and conform to Communications Policy.

• Develops and performance manages implementation of BP Australia’s Communications & External Affairs strategy and budget

• Performance manages, motivates and develops the C&EA team – inclusive of setting clear directions and expectations, recording and tracking deliverables, and conducting quarterly plan reviews and bi-annual performance appraisals and development conversations

• Directs and approves the government and stakeholder relations strategy and plan to maintain strong relationships, access and influence with government and key stakeholders.. This strategy and plan is critical in allowing the business to receive the approvals that it needs from the government and regulatory bodies to conduct its work and also plays a key role in defending value through advocating for reform in the fiscal or regulatory area

• Builds stakeholder engagement strategies and plans for all critical business activities that can have an external impact. This includes stakeholder engagement plans for GPO’s Major Projects, seismic activity, operations projects, environmental projects, drilling activities and also includes conducting community consultations for Major projects, seismic, drilling activity, and other business activities that can potentially impact the community

• Directs and approves the communications plan for enhancing external visibility and building reputation. This includes strategically building the brand and reputation of BP and leveraging Hoc and the Leadership team’s presence in the external environment to advocate for key issues that are important to the business. Oversees all internal and external communications and engagement activities of the HoC

• Directs and approves the corporate responsibility strategy and plan that ensures that business operations are executed in a mutually advantageous way. Ensures that BP Australia and New Zealand are adequately managing key risks in the external environment and building relationships with key influencers and decision makers in the community

• Develops measurement tools to measure effectiveness of internal and external communications, corporate responsibility programmes and stakeholder opinion and reports on progress to the SPUL and ANZ FVC Leadership Team

• Monitors the external environment including competitor activity, global and local shifts in the economic and social environment and reports to Head of Country and Exploration & Production, and the ANZ FVC Leadership Team

• Manages the public response to incidents and performs duties as on the Business Support Team as per the ANZ Emergency Response plan

A relevant undergraduate degree in Business, Arts or Humanities.
Subject matter politics and/or economics are advantageous but not essential.
Post-graduate qualifications would be highly regarded.
• Extensive experience working in external affairs for a major corporation (non-sector specific)

• Significant experience working in government, the energy industry and / or an industry association is required, together with a thorough knowledge of the workings of government at Federal, State and Territory levels, and the ways in which decisions are shaped through public opinion and political processes

• Skilful in communication; able to speak and write clearly and persuasively, has the ability to influence key opinion-formers, politicians, bureaucrats, the media and the community about the scientific, economic, geo-political and environmental issues which affect the interests of the BP Group

• Proven ability to develop a comprehensive strategy to engage the various governments (particularly the Federal Government) in a sensible and rational policy debate on matters relating to BP’s commercial and corporate interests

• A strong understanding of economic issues as they relate to the Australian economy and society, government policy and BP‘s business interests and especially how all of these elements interrelate and impact BP

• Experience in or knowledge of energy markets, particularly the liquid fuels sector

• Understanding of business economics, operations, and financial issues

• Strong understanding of how the media works and used to influence public opinion

• Experience in crisis management in a large organisation

There will be travel as part of the role.
Yes – Domestic (In country) only
Yes – up to 50%
Refining & Marketing
23:59 (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Closing Date: 14th January 2014

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