Senior Advisor – Government Relations

12 Apr, 2021


Senior Advisor – Government Relations

Rio Tinto
Salt Lake City, UT

Senior Advisor – Government Relations

  • Key role in a diverse and global organization
  • Continuous supply chain improvements leveraging on technology/streamline processes
  • Excellent opportunity for career development of technical expertise in a major Metro Area – Salt Lake City

About the role

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

We are looking for a Senior Advisor – Government Relations to help communicate Rio Tinto’s and Rio Tinto Kennecott’s message to our stakeholders and local governments. The role will work to protect and enhance the reputation of Rio Tinto by building mutually beneficial relationships with local governments, regulators, neighboring communities, special interest groups, and our business partners.

The primary purpose of this role is to support local government engagement efforts for Rio Tinto Kennecott and supporting of governmental relationships across our U.S. operations and projects.

Additional aspects of this role are to collaborate across Rio Tinto Kennecott, Rio Tinto Copper and Diamonds, and the US Corporate Relations hub to ensure stakeholder engagement, government relations, community relations, and communication strategies are aligned with business objectives.

This role will report to the Director of Government Relations and work closely with the mining operations to provide external guidance and recommendations to various groups across the value stream. stakeholders. Other responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Lead outreach with local neighboring municipalities on future projects and operations that impact applicable communities.
  • Maintain bill tracking lists for the state of Utah and Arizona.
  • Maintain risk registers for Government Relations to support Investment Committee, internal projects, etc.
  • Support development and implement of stakeholder mapping, tracking, and engagement strategies to reach key stakeholders.
  • Support stakeholder engagement with local and state government officials.
  • Coordinate with internal environmental team and formulate appropriate regulator interaction.
  • Represent Rio Tinto at City Council, County Council and other local level public meetings consistently and as necessary.
  • Support Director of Government Relations for stakeholder engagement with community and local government officials.

We are an open, connected global team that includes some of the industry’s best and brightest minds. We offer competitive, performance-focused remuneration and a wide range of benefits to reward your contribution. With a global reach, the opportunities to develop and grow your career are broad and exciting.

What you’ll bring

  • A commitment to the safety of yourself and your team (standard for all job adverts)
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in relevant discipline
  • 6-10 years of experience in external relations or related fields.
  • 5+ years of proven leadership experience.
  • 5+ years of demonstrated ability to implement and manage multiple stakeholder projects.
  • Ability to work in multi-functional and multi-disciplinary teams and deliver measurable outcomes.
  • Effective and proven communication skills.
  • Self-starter, ability to diagnose the business or government need, and take steps to lead project/process to completion.

What we offer

Be recognized for your contribution, your thinking, and your hard work, and go home knowing you’ve helped the world progress.

  • A work environment where safety is always the number one priority
  • A competitive salary package with annual cash incentive awards for eligible employees
  • Career development & education assistance to further your ambitions
  • Access top tier family-friendly health and medical programs and pension plan
  • Wellbeing benefits
  • Generous Rio Tinto employee share program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Ongoing individual wellbeing support for you and your family for personal and professional matter
  • Leave for all of life’s reasons (vacation/annual, paid parental, sick leave)

About Rio Tinto

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.

Where you’ll be working

Our Kennecott mine is a world-class, fully integrated copper mining operation, including a concentrator, smelter and refinery, located just outside Salt Lake City, Utah, in the United States. We produce copper, precious metals including gold and silver, molybdenum and sulfuric acid. Kennecott has been mining and processing minerals from the rich ore body of the Bingham Canyon Mine since 1903 and is one of the top producing mines in the world, comprising approximately 11 percent of U.S. annual copper production.

Every Voice Matters

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, women, the LGBTQ+ community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

Rio Tinto participates in E-Verify to confirm work authorization. Please visit for more information.

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.

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Job posted: 2021-04-12