Status: Open

Location: Beijing

Direct Report: Direct Report to GM of Corporate Affairs, China, based in Beijing

Background

Founded in 1944 and headquartered in Brazil, Vale SA is a metals and mining and logistics company, the world’s largest producer of iron ore and nickel. Today they employ over 110,000 people globally, and have a presence on five continents. Their mission is to transform natural resources into prosperity and sustainable development, and their vision is to be the number one global natural resources company in creating long term value, through excellence and passion for people and the planet.

Vale has had a presence in China for over 40 years, and participates in several coal, nickel and iron ore pelletizing operations in Zhuhai, Anyang, Yongcheng and Dalian. Vale also works very closely with Baosteel, a partner for over 30 years.

In the past six years, Vale has purchased over US$1 billion of high-quality items from China; railway machinery, shipyard machinery, unloaders and steel structures. Following the earthquakes in both Sichuan and Qinghai, Vale helped to build four schools, benefiting over 1,200 local students.

In 2011, Vale entered into a partnership with the Ministry of Environmental Protection, which resulted in an environmental protection program in Western China, and since invested RMB1.8 million in the program. Mining is responsible for major private-sector investments, reinforcing the importance of public policies which are also compatible with sustainable business.

Vale’s goals are to continuously build economic, social and environmental legacies in China, promote sustainable practices throughout their value chain and ensure their license to operate through integrated action, dialogue and transparency. www.vale.com

Position Summary

  • Provide hands-on technical advice, guidance, support, as well as an action plan for core issues and projects; positive reputation building initiatives, technical public policy monitoring, stakeholder engagement, working closely with the Corporate Affairs General Manager in China
  • Systematically develop, coordinate and maintain key external relationships with critical stakeholders in Beijing and throughout China, Vale CA counterparts in other regions and colleagues in other Vale departments.
  • Co-lead the Annual EA Strategic Planning Cycle in China and contribute to the development and use of processes which enable handling of regulatory, policy and issues of significance in China across all operating divisions.
  • Add strategic input to the Head of CA China. This includes political intelligence, planning, regulatory & policy developments, stakeholder trends and shifts, reputation management, and lead inter-department taskforces focused on key projects

Primary Responsibilities

  • Serve as key Technical Leader to monitor the development of Chinese policy and political trends, proactively provide written and verbal analyses on the political, economic, and social aspects which directly impact Vale’s business in China.
  • Map relationships of key government, non-government (academic, private sector) and opinion shaping stakeholders through direct engagement and stakeholder management activities, related to pre-identified issues impacting Vale, as well as general reputation management.
  • Recommend a stakeholder engagement strategy for Head of CA China, China Country Manager as well as other Vale leaders, as directed by Head of CA China.
  • Build and manage External Affairs in China through regular communication with external and internal stakeholders; provide appropriate strategic and technical based advice to business units utilizing external stakeholder networks
  • Coordinate participation of Country Manager, Head of CA China and Senior Vale Management on ‘positive agenda’ events in China to position and determine Vale’s level of participation
  • Develop a China based strategic advisory network to help advise senior management on macro-trends, policy-regulatory aspects with relevance to priority issues
  • Assist in leading the Annual China CA Planning cycle, working with Vale China leaders to map critical issues and develop an annual CA Action Plan to support issues management and planning cycle.
  • Identify opportunities and propose action plans to proactively engage credible, 3rd party institutions, think-tanks and other groups to partner with Vale on critical issues and ensure reputation enhancement
  • Draft briefing papers of key issues for Vale in China for senior management, Chinese stakeholder interactions in Brazil or Vale delegations in China, major global events to help advance Vale’s profile and position in China
  • Identify and draft studies (internal as well as collaboration with trusted external Chinese partners) which will further Vale’s business interests, relationship building and understanding of major market trends.
  • Participate in all CA regional initiatives, contributing lessons from experience and recommending items to add to the regional agenda, and sharing information with regional colleagues. Update issue trackers and related documents based on discussions with other Vale China Managers / Department Heads / Country Managers

Position Dimensions

Primary

  • Monitor, evaluate and propose relevant actions related to China policy and regulatory issues which could adversely impact Vale
  • Manage strategic issues and projects which support Vale in China and Asia.
  • Enhance corporate reputation in China and Asia; creating positive agendas to proactively position Vale as a leading global mining and metals company.

Secondary

  • Develop stakeholder network for Vale in Beijing and other cities/provinces/ municipalities/ports of importance for Vale
  • Demonstrable proficiency in English (written and oral), Portuguese language skills is of interest, other languages are an asset

Primary Challenges

  • Work within a highly diverse, technical policy environment in China to provide proactive policy awareness and help propose strategies for Vale to better manage the Chinese regulatory and policy systems
  • Plan, execute (internal and external) and manage pivotal stakeholder engagement programs to Vale’s business units in China in order to ensure the highest level of consistency and continuity for Vale’s future growth in China • Help develop relevant programs for various senior Vale executives (Head of CA, Head of Vale China, other Vale Business line leaders, Executive Board and CEO visits)
  • Identify and manage critical issues and recommend solutions of business relevance

Qualifications

  • Minimum 10 plus years of successful government relations/public policy work experience, predominantly in mainland China.
  • A strong appreciation of central and provincial government operations and policy-making processes is considered helpful.
  • Previous exposure to metals, extractive and logistics industries is of interest.
  • Understanding of the social, economic and regulatory environment in China.
  • An appreciation of how sustainability initiatives positively affects a company’s growth and future
  • Excellent consultative and communicative skills to provide focused and predictive advice on regulatory/government affairs issues in China.
  • Clearly communicate key issues to internal and external groups
  • Outstanding English fluency is mandatory, which will be visible through written and verbal excellence.
  • Able to solve problems collaboratively, manage conflicts, and negotiate with others by active listening, critical thinking, and persuasion.
  • Undergraduate Degree in mining, logistics, international business, economics, or relevant field is required. An advanced degree in public policy, law, international relations or similar degree is of interest.

Personal Characteristics

  • Positive, highly energetic, diplomatic, with sound judgment and EQ.
  • A strong commitment to ethical business practices in China High level of professionalism and agility.
  • Able to work flexibly under tight deadlines and balance competing tasks
  • Can bring clarity to ambiguous situations, act decisively and confidently.
  • Execute broad strategies while understanding the details.
  • Be a trusted partner effectively and form strong relationships with Vale senior management, both in China and globally.
  • Cross-culturally aware, with a work history which reflects such skills..

 

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