Website Rio Tinto

Location: Salt Lake City, Perth, or Brisbane


  • Strategic leadership role with global product group accountability
  • Acts as a thought leader bringing innovation to the CSP function

Communities and Social Performance (CSP) is a global function which guides the implementation of CSP strategy and systems for Product Groups and Functions, achieves mutual benefits from communities and the company, ensures alignment with CSP standards, and supports business leaders and CSP professionals to effectively manage community related impacts and risks to achieve strategic objectives.

Our approach to CSP is underpinned by strong partnerships built on a relationship of mutual benefit, trust and respect. This includes the way we engage with communities and the steps we take to identify and manage social, economic, environmental, cultural and human rights impacts throughout the life cycle of our projects, from exploration, to project development, to operation and closure.

All progress begins with pioneers. At Rio Tinto, it begins with you.

Job Description

We are looking for a General Manager CSP, Rio Tinto Exploration (RTX), an integral member of the RTX senior leadership team and responsible for developing and managing the implementation of Product Group (PG) and RTX CSP strategy. The General Manager CSP will provide leadership and guidance to asset teams including operational leaders on a strategic approach to CSP, including relationship management, economic benefits, execution and adherence to standards and commitments, local partnerships and local engagement.

Reporting to the Head of Exploration, the General Manager CSP is responsible for setting the CSP strategy aligned with Rio Tinto’s overall CSP vision; aligning the team; providing assurance; and ensuring that CSP efforts lead to positive results for communities and the company.

  • Establish and deliver the short, mid and long-term global strategy for CSP across the RTX business;
  • Provide expertise on strategic approaches to address CSP business impacts and risks, and keep track of emerging CSP issues and regulatory trends;
  • Develop and lead an engaged team of CSP professionals within RTX providing technical expertise on areas such as heritage, resettlement, closure, agreements, communities investment and engagement;
  • Manage capability and support career progression of team and ensure resourcing aligns to the risk profile and objectives of the PG;
  • Direct the resolution of complex CSP situations and challenges for RTX;
  • Lead the team to deliver CSP standards and group requirements whilst maintaining the CSP practice within RTX;
  • Manage oversight of partnership and funding opportunities including community capacity building or other reputational enhancement opportunities;
  • Identify, negotiate, implement and maintain agreements, commitments, and/or partnerships to support the business and strengthen relationships with nearby communities, in particular local Indigenous and land connected communities on which we operate;
  • Oversee the development of stakeholder engagement plans for projects, operations and specific activities, baseline and social impact assessments, and cultural heritage activities;
  • Engage with internal business stakeholders to lead and promote the principles of: effective community engagement; the importance of establishing and maintaining social licence to operate; responsible management of land, and preservation of cultural and environmental values;
  • Monitor and advise on current and proposed or pending legislation, in partnership with external affairs and government teams;
  • Act as a thought leader bringing innovation to the function, facilitating a culture of knowledge sharing and best practice, achieving step-changes in areas such as Indigenous participation and employment and cultural heritage;
  • Participate in the CSP Senior Leadership Team, working with the CSP GMs from other PGs;
  • Work with other business units or assets to promote collaboration;
  • Lead and facilitate the New Country Entry (NCE) work as RTX enters new countries;
  • Ensure that CSP activities are conducted in a way that promotes safety for the community and the company.

About You

Being one of Rio Tinto’s senior leaders means helping to run a company that drives human progress. You are writing the next chapter of our story. You lead some of the industry’s best and brightest minds, working to solve the challenges of the 21st century.

To be successful you will have:

  • Experience operating at a strategic level on complex CSP problems including developing new and effective practices and displaying courage to challenge existing standards and practices;
  • Experience at a field level, working with communities to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes;
  • Ability to identify social risks, analyse these and manage them effectively;
  • Ability to solve complex problems and identify and implement strategic recommendations;
  • Strong understanding of key CSP aspects such as heritage, resettlement, closure, agreements, communities and indigenous relations;
  • Experience building effective internal and external relationships through partnership, respect and collaboration;
  • Strong interpersonal skills including written and oral communication as well as business and value chain acumen;
  • High quality behaviours, collaborative mindset and caring approach to leadership;
  • Extensive international experience, cultural sensitivity and understanding coupled with a desire to improve inclusion and diversity within the business;
  • Experience identifying development needs and building capability within a global team;
  • Ability to travel to operations, projects and global locations.

About Rio Tinto

As pioneers in mining and metals, we produce materials essential to human progress.

  • Every idea, every innovation, every little thing the world calls ‘progress’ begins with a first step, and someone willing to take it: explorers, inventors, entrepreneurs. Pioneers.
  • For nearly 150 years, Rio Tinto has been a company of pioneers – generations of people spanning the globe, all with the grit and vision to produce materials essential to human progress.
  • Our iron ore has shaped skylines from Shanghai to Sydney. Our aluminium – the world’s first to be certified “responsible” – helps planes fly and makes cars lighter. Our copper helps wind turbines power cities and our boron helps feed the world, and explore the universe.
  • Our diamonds help us celebrate the best parts of life.

Every Voice Matters

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, the LGBTI+ community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.

We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome – they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us different.

Rio Tinto offers competitive, performance-focused remuneration and a wide range of benefits to reward your contribution. With a global reach, the opportunities to develop are broad and exciting.

If this sounds like you and the opportunity you are looking for, apply now.

Applications close by May 10, 2021

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