Mgr, Corp Affairs & Sustainability North Atlantic

Who We Are
Vale is a pioneering mining company that works with passion to discover and transform resources into the ingredients essential to people's daily lives. We are the world's largest producer of nickel and iron ore, and a leading producer of copper, cobalt and precious metals. Headquartered in Brazil, Vale is a truly global company, operating on five continents.
Our Sudbury office is currently seeking a:
Manager, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability- North Atlantic

The Opportunity:

The Manager, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, North Atlantic Operations (NA) and Asian Refineries, is responsible for the overall management of Corporate Affairs-related activities across Canada, the UK and Asian refineries, and coordination of Vale's North Atlantic & Asian Refineries sustainability activities in line with Global objectives. The role holder is accountable to build support for the Company's actions within government, communities, with key stakeholders and among employees and to proactively identify solutions associated with social obstacles in meeting Company objectives. As a key member of the Chief Operating Officer's team, and in close coordinaton with the global Legal, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability team, the role requires the creation of strategies on a wide range of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability issues faced by Vale in Canada, the UK, China and Japan on an ongoing basis.

  • In close coordination with global Base Metals Corporate Affairs, provide strategic direction on the development of strategies to support and build Vale's reputation and social license to operate across the NA and Asian refineries
  • Support the Chief Operating Officer, NA Operations and Asian Refineries, on all interaction/activities with key external stakeholders
  • Coordinate the NA Operations and Asian Refineries sustainability efforts, including reporting, tracking of key projects and promoting Vale as a socially responsible operation among key stakeholders
  • Play a key role within the NA Operations and Asian Refineries leadership team in developing and executing operations-wide internal communications and employee engagement strategies
  • Identify, track and develop strategies on key issues that may compromise the Company's reputation and social license in the NA operations and Asian Refineries; support and advise local operations as required on local issues
  • Oversee the relationships with Indigenous communities across operations and the implementation/negotiation of IBAs and other relational agreements
  • Responsible for the company's lobbying and government influence on sustainability and environment matters in the North Atlantic, by working closely with the operations and global Legal, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability team
  • In partnership with local operations and global Base Metals Corporate Affairs, develop advocacy strategies on other key regulatory issues to contain costs and deliver significant value to the business
  • Provide support and guidance to local operations in interaction with key stakeholders including media, local/provincial/federal government, NGOs, community stakeholders, indigenous communities, etc.
  • Provide strategic direction on the administration of sponsorship and donations budgets across operations
  • Keep the NA & Asian Refineries leadership team appraised of key legal issues and provide guidance to the legal team on matters that may impact on reputation and social license to operate.
  • Manage risks related to your area (identify, analyze, assess, treat and monitor your risks directly, maintain effective controls and implement measures to reduce the probability of occurrence and impacts of risks). Communicate transparently the status of your risks to senior management.

The ideal candidate will possess:
  • Post-secondary degree in a related field

  • 11-15 years of related work experience

Knowledge and Skills:
  • Significant experience with media relations, social media, government relations and issues/crisis management.
  • Experience with indigenous relations, including IBA and other types of negotiations
  • Must understand complex business issues and have the ability to clearly articulate key messages to target audiences (employees, community, media, government).
  • Understanding of the mining industry and industry positions on key issues.
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written. Must be able to write and speak persuasively.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to interact in a positive and productive way with key audiences (employees, senior leadership, community stakeholders, etc).
  • Ability to intuitively understand/anticipate how specific actions/messages will impact on different stakeholders.
  • Ability to stay calm under pressure; manage and multi-task on a variety of issues & activities.

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Closing Statement
Vale is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Vale provides accommodation for applicants with disabilities in respect to its hiring process.
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