Principal International Relations & Public Policy

28 Apr, 2021


Principal International Relations & Public Policy

Washington, DC

About BHP

At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities. Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success. Come and be a part of this success.


This role is accountable for assisting the Head of Washington DC in advocating BHP’s policy goals and objectives on Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch as well as supporting the execution of the strategic priorities of the broader International Relations and Public Policy Team.  This role will report to the Head of Washington DC and is based in Washington, DC.

About the Role

  • Assists and supports the Head of Washington DC to effectively advocate and promote BHP’s legislative and public policy interests across the federal government, non-government, environmental organizations, diplomatic corps, business associations and think tanks;
  • Collaborate with US and global corporate affairs teams, as needed, to provide advice and execute federal relations programs with DC audience and stakeholders;
  • Provide monitoring and reporting on BHP’s global priorities in the US;
  • Contribute to IRPP’s Perspectives internal publication (focusing on US political issues) and other IRPP geopolitical and policy updates as required;
  • Input into briefing notes for external engagement in Australia and internationally in relation to BHP’s positions on key public policy issues (focusing on US policy issues and implications);
  • Deliver, as required, advice in relation to US policy and political issues and managing engagement of BHP third party consultants in relation to provision of advice on the same;
  • Draft advocacy agendas for BHP in Washington DC and US generally for global public policy outcomes to advance BHP’s key policy interests;
  • Provide support to Head of Washington DC in organising and arrangement external engagements for Head of Washington DC, as well as the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and other senior leaders in Washington DC and other relevant locations in US;
  • Support organisation of external adviser sessions; and
  • Provide other required support to the Head of Washington DC to ensure smooth and efficient operation of the Washington DC office.

About You

  • Strong bias to action and ability to deliver outcomes. Ability to take initiative and exercise leadership internally and externally with partners.
  • Natural ability to promote cross-functional and cross-team collaboration through close and effective working relationships across S&PP, External Affairs and other functions and business units.
  • Strong ability to build, promote and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving capability and strategic thinking. Ability to quickly understand complex issues and develop an effective response strategy.
  • Good commercial acumen and able to adopt a commercial, business focused approach in considering issues and implications of public policy.
  • Exceptional communication skills, including written communications skills, with an ability to explain complex issues.
  • Team player, with an enthusiasm and interest in contributing to team culture.
  • Ability to work in a matrixed organisation, including navigating cross-functional relationships to build internal networks to successfully and efficiently deliver outcomes.
  • Ability to work with ambiguity and complexity and adapt  in line with changing business priorities.
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities in order ot deliver to deadline

About You Cont.

  • Bachelor’s Degree with at least 7 years of experience on Capitol Hill, the Executive Branch, or as a lobbyist in the industry.
  • Experience developing effective public policy strategies to accomplish company objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to positively influence the legislative process and achieve established goals.
  • Ability to coordinate strategies with trade associations, think tanks and coalition partners to promote BHP policy interests.
  • Ability to establish, develop and maintain relationships with Members of Congress, their staff and key agency officials.
  • High degree of acumen for the legislative and regulatory process.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to draft sound and logical policy analysis advice particularly for internal audiences (including senior executives).
  • Excellent analytical skills with an ability to undertake critical thinking and analysis on complex issues.

Supporting a Diverse Workforce

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.


At BHP, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from women and Indigenous people. We 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.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, 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.

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Job posted: 2021-04-28