External Affairs Director

  • BP
  • China - Central - Beijing

Job Description

Role synopsis As the world's largest and fastest growing energy market, China will have an increasingly significant impact on global energy market, in terms of demand, supply and international relations. In the same time, China’s energy market is expected to remain very much dynamic and highly regulated, with foreign investment still subject to government approval and involving partnerships with Chinese companies, especially national oil companies, other central and local SOEs as well as privately owned companies that are active in the energy related business. At US$4.5 billion accumulative investment within China and multi-billion dollar partnerships with Chinese National Oil Companies outside China, BP leads the IOCs in its overall position in China. Our aim is to create material value growth for BP through becoming a trusted energy partner of China, aligning our ambitions and capabilities with China’s long-term objectives and priorities. Thus, it is imperative for us to understand the country and to develop and maintain an institutionalized relationship with relevant government agencies, business partners and other stakeholders in order to achieve our goals. Working with our current and future business partners is an important part of this endeavour, hence there is a growing need to hire a seasoned professional to ensure our efforts in this particular area systematic, institutionalized, coherent and productive. Key accountabilities For this role is to implement BP China Government and Partner Affairs (GPA) strategy, relationship matrix and engagement plan, to develop and manage the institutionalized relations on a daily basis with ‘the BP Key External Stakeholders’ including: - Key business related central government agencies, such as but not limited to NDRC, NEA, MOFCOM, MFA, MIIT, MLR, and MEP - Government think tanks/industry associations - International business chambers , Embassies - BP’s key business partners, including but not limited to the 3 National Oil Companies (NOCs), SOE & private owned companies. This role reports directly to VP Government & Partner Affairs. Key accountabilities:Government & Partner Relationship Management • Define and implement strategy and agenda of ‘the BP Key External Stakeholders’, lead the engagement plans including managing the across-BP contact map, network the relationships both internally and externally, and provide assurance on relationships. • Establish and maintain sustainable relationships in ‘the BP Key External Stakeholders’ at all levels, with the primary target at the Deputy Director General, Director and working levels. • Act as one of the key relationship keepers and "door opener" to build the connectivity, advance BP's business objectives by supporting and meeting the needs of internal stakeholders, and enhance BP reputation. • Develop comprehensive and share timely in-depth knowledge and understanding of ‘the BP Key External Stakeholders’ in terms of their organizational structure, priority agenda, long-term strategy and directions, investment preferences and especially their primary roles in relation, etc. to the Company’s business. Political Advisory • Be the expert of China in the sphere of domestic politics and its geopolitical/international relations. • Monitor, analyse, and interpret major developments in these areas and provide professional advices on their implications on the Company’s business strategy and operations in China and globally. Policy & Regulatory Advocacy • Lead and cooperate with business people in designing and implementing policy lobbying and advocacy campaign to help advance the Company’s business agenda. Support In-Bound & Outbound Senior Visits • Assist or collaborate end-to-end process to support group executives' China visits and high level outbound visits to BP by Chinese government and partner delegations. These include internal and external meeting facilitations, meeting briefings, coordination with internal and external stakeholders on logistics, and post-visit/meetings follow ups; Business Support • Proactively support issue management and resolution of existing businesses; • Proactively support business growth – into new markets, and with new partners; • Identify, assess, and mitigate key Non-Technical Risks associated with existing and future business projects in partnership/cooperation with business partners; • Identify and develop cross-business opportunities, strategic partnerships, and aligned agenda; • Support BP businesses and functions in articulating a story, taking into account the prevalent local culture and sensitivities of the Partner; Essential Education • A Bachelors or Master degree from a leading university. An international MBA would be an added advantage. Essential experience and job requirements A minimum of total 10 years’ experience in a combination of government and public affairs with major MNCs in China with a strong track record of performance. Internal candidate has to have the direct experiences at least one role among the expertise areas of Government Relations, Partner Relations, Regional Relations, Communications and other relevant positions. Overseas experiences are a plus. • A political savvy with a good understanding of the country’s long term objective, direction, trend as well as knowledge of international affairs, politics, and economy. He/she should have the potential of visionary and strategic thinking, and be able to support VP GPA to develop and execute BP’s external relations strategy in China. • Experience of working in related industry and good understanding and knowledge of energy industry and market, as well as experience of dealing with key Chinese government departments (e.g. NDRC, MOFCOM, MFA, MIIT & others, etc.) and national oil companies, other central and local SOEs and privately owned enterprises. • Master of interpersonal skills and excellent communicator with strong influential capability as a well-rounded and balanced person with good sense of appropriateness, attentiveness, and alertness. A consultative style would be helpful as the job holder will need to consult with business and functional leaders in order to understand business priorities and requirements. • Strong sense of seniority and capability to establish and maintain deep relationships with middle and senior level leadership people (targeted at Deputy Director General and Director levels) in the stakeholder organizations. • Demonstration of leadership with strong team spirit, especially in developing others to forge a capable team and organization as well as influencing others and reaching alignment with soft power for the common objectives. • Fluent Chinese and English, and excellent writing skills Other Requirements (e.g. Travel, Location) N/A Desirable criteria & qualifications N/A Relocation available No Travel required Yes - up to 50% Is this a part time position? No About BP We are a global energy business involved in every aspect of the energy system. We have 75,000 employees in 80 countries, working towards delivering light, heat and mobility to millions of people, every day. We are one of the very few companies equipped to solve some of the big complex challenges that matter for the future. We have a real contribution to make to the world's ambition of a low carbon future. Join us, and be part of what we can accomplish together. BP has been operating in China since the early 1970s and is one of the leading foreign investors in the oil & gas sector in China. Our business activities here include exploration and development, petrochemicals manufacturing and marketing, aviation fuel supply, oil products retailing, lubricants, oil and gas supply and trading, LNG terminal and trunk line and the chemicals technology licensing. Building on its business successes in China, BP has also expanded partnerships with the national energy companies beyond the country’s borders. BP is working with CNPC in Iraq and Australia, Sinopec in Angola and Singapore, CNOOC in Australia, Indonesia and Argentina, and with China National Aviation Fuel in Singapore. BP publishes BP Statistical Review of World Energy and BP Energy Outlook on annual basis. The publications are regarded as one of the world’s most reliable sources of energy data and are widely consulted. In parallel, BP has been working to contribute to China society by helping address the local sustainability issues. BP has also been actively engaged in energy research activities, particularly in clean energy R&D initiatives. To date, BP’s accumulative spending on community contributions in China has exceeded US$ 50 million. BP’s community practices have been widely recognized. BP is committed to contributing to China’s energy solutions by continuing to be a trusted energy partner and valuable contributor supporting China’s strategic development. Segment Corporate & Functions Closing Date 08-Nov-2018

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