SASOL: Stakeholder Relations Graduate Trainee (Sandton)

Stakeholder Relations Graduate Trainee (105070)

Requisition ID 105070 - Posted 01/21/2022 - South Africa - Gauteng

Closing Date: 03 February 2022 Stakeholder Relations Graduate Trainee Org Structure No: 65007595 OME: Corporate Centre - HR & SR Business Unit: Corp Centre - Gov Relations & SVM City/ Town: Sandton Role Category: Process Implementation Short Description / Purpose of Job The central purpose of this role is to assist the Head of Stakeholder Relations in building and sustaining relationship and reputational capital with key stakeholders applicable to the relevant portfolio (gas supply and energy) through engagement on strategic and contentious issues thereby enabling Sasol to resolve these in a pro-active fashion. Recruitment Description/ Key Accountabilities Stakeholder Engagement

  • Protecting and enhancing Sasol’s reputation with stakeholders in line with the company’s strategic objectives.

  • Liaise with the Energy Business (Gas Sourcing, Hydrogen and other energy-related OMEs) to advance stakeholder matters in relation to Sasol’s strategy

  • Liaise with the Policy and Regulatory Department on draft legislation/policy, as and when required

  • Ensuring that stakeholder identification, engagement and dialogue, as well as issue resolution is aligned with and support execution of Sasol's Energy business and gas supply strategy;

  • Assist in the preparation of briefing notes, presentations and stakeholder profiles in order to enable stakeholder engagements

  • Generate stakeholder insights reports on political trends and key issues that may impact Sasol’s strategy and its relationship with key stakeholders

  • Conduct research on what key stakeholders e.g., President, ministers, NGOs say about Sasol in the media, or their views/pronouncements related to energy and the environment and how it could potentially impact Sasol’s strategy

  • Trends and developments in policy and regulation

  • Reporting on engagement effectiveness and identifying key interventions required to improve stakeholder health particularly trust levels.

  • Pro-actively identifying events and initiatives that could contribute to constructive relationships with Sasol’s stakeholders.

  • Assist in the preparation of departmental/GEC/Board reports as required

  • Liaise with the Mozambique Country Management Office on regional stakeholder matters, where required

  • Participate in energy-related projects by offering stakeholder relations support and expertise

  • Support government relations and shared value management in liaising with customers, business units and key stakeholders

  • Build wide and effective internal and external networks, including strong diplomacy, negotiation and relationship management that would enhance attitudes and behaviors of stakeholders towards Sasol.

Stakeholder and Issues Management Tool

  • Assist in the roll out and management of the stakeholder and issues management tool

  • Ensure the smooth functioning of the tool and liaise with service provider where required

  • Ensure all data is captured and up to date

  • Track and log media information that may impact Sasol’s business

  • Customise and generate stakeholder reports

  • Assist in the planning and preparation of stakeholder engagements

Industry Associations

  • Assist in the establishment of the Energy Council of South Africa by preparing material, documents, forms and presentation to advance its successful registration, operation and strategic objectives

  • Support the planning of periodic Energy Council meetings and events

Learning and Development

  • Undertake self-learning in the discipline of stakeholder relations, focussing on:

  • Mapping the universe of stakeholders relevant to Sasol

  • Identification and categorisation of stakeholders

  • Evaluation and prioritisation of issues and interests

  • Determination of relevance of stakeholders

  • Determining required stakeholder participation and engagement levels

  • Developing stakeholder engagement plans (briefing notes and key messages)

  • Managing stakeholder and/or reputational risks

  • Maintain and establish strategic relationships with stakeholders that are key for the advancement of Sasol’s strategy

Leadership and Values Knowledge development and influencing

  • Participation in knowledge development, management and stakeholder forums with the aim to influence, communicate and coordinate as well as to ascertain stakeholder needs, issues etc.

Embody Sasol Group Values

  • With Safety, Health and Environment as top priority the incumbent ensures that these elements are considered and included in advice, services as well as the development and implementation of solutions;

  • In terms of the Sasol value of Caring for Our People and Support Their Development, opportunities for building understanding and capacity for digitilisation in the area are continuously identified, and interventions launched to develop people. In addition, all people are treated with respect and dignity, and a high premium is placed on building and maintaining relationships in pursuit of goal achievement;

  • In terms of valuing and promotion of Diversity and Inclusion the incumbent ensures that participation, dialogue and open communication is at the centre of this. In addition to continuously challenge own and others’ stereotypes and biases and address this in an emotionally intelligent fashion;

  • Acting with Respect and Integrity always, implies that the incumbent is consistent in decision making and action, keep to commitments, professional in conduct and take care with respect to confidentiality;

  • With respect to Compliance with All Applicable Legal Requirements, the incumbent ensures that all advice, support, solutions and actions comply with the laws, regulations and standards required and protect Sasol and its employees in terms of financial and reputational damage;

  • In terms of Ownership and Accountability for individual and team performance, the incumbent ensures that commitments are maintained, deadlines respected, and rework is kept to the minimum. In addition, that continuous feedback and reporting regarding progress, as well as challenges are prioritised and communicated in an open and transparent fashion.

  • By delivering on promises to Customers, Shareholders and Other Stakeholders the incumbent ensures that advice, support and solutions show a clear line of sight to the growth, profit optimisation and sustainability goals of Sasol.

Relationships, Teamwork and Collaboration Networking

  • Developing a network of stakeholders in and outside the organisation (within this portfolio) with the aim of staying abreast of issues, derive priorities and be a key advocate and relationship builder for Sasol.

Qualifications Minimum a Bachelor’s degree (three years) Post graduate degree is an advantage Min Experience 1 - 2 years’ experience in communication, stakeholder engagement, strategy and/or business delivery. SKILLS REQUIRED Power Point Negotiation and communication Advanced Report Writing

Certification & Professional Membership None Competencies Analytics: The systematic computational analysis of data or statistics Collaboration: The action of working with someone to produce something. Persuades and influences stakeholders, builds relationships and partnerships for win-win outcomes. Critical reasoning: The action of critically thinking about something in a logical, sensible way and taking all factors into consideration. Data Management: Knowledgeable of the theory, purpose, architecture and design of the management, administration and relationships of the organization's data. Execution capability: The underlying ability to execute a strategy/project or day to day work Problem Solving: Is a step-by-step process of defining a problem, searching for information, and testing a series of solutions until the problem is solved. In involves critical thinking, analysis and persistence. Project Coordination: Knowledge and experience with Project Coordination is planning, organizing, and managing tasks and resources to accomplish a objective this include an administrative, liaison and support role that supports one or more projects. Usually used during smaller non capital projects. Self-Mastery: Takes accountability for driving own growth through developing self-awareness, reflecting, seeking feedback and self-correcting. Demonstrate sound multi-functional stakeholder management and engagement abilities. Tech Savvy: Knowledge of the Information Technology Industry including trends, emerging technology, best practices, competition, regulations, and legislation. Written Communications: Sending of messages, orders or instructions in writing through letters, circulars, manuals, reports, telegrams, office memos, bulletins, etc. It is a formal method of communication and is less flexible


Functional Competencies

  • Principles of Corporate Structure

  • Government and Public Relations

  • Internal Stakeholder Engagement

  • Stakeholder Management

  • Communicate to Stakeholders

  • Corporate Affairs Strategy Development and Translation



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