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Project Approvals and Stakeholder Relations Manager

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Date: Mar 11, 2023

Location: Perth, WA, AU

Company: TransAlta



“Energising the Future”


TransAlta is a leader in clean electricity – committed to a sustainable future. We are one of the largest renewable power owner-operators in Canada, with a growing presence in Australia and the United States. For over 111 years, TransAlta has been a responsible operator and proud community-member. We are committed to fostering a dynamic, productive, and safe work environment. Our employees contribute to a diverse, open and transparent culture with clear accountabilities, strong leadership, and challenging opportunities for personal career growth.

With a 25-year history in Western Australia, we provide safe, clean and reliable power to large mining and industrial customers. TransAlta is entering an exciting phase in our Australian business, with multiple renewable projects in development and under construction to support the sustainability goals of our customers.


For more information about TransAlta, visit our website at


Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

It is our collective mission to ensure that every single employee feels a sense of inclusion and belonging and can show up to work as their true authentic self. TransAlta is committed to hiring a diverse workforce including women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and members of the LGBTQ2+ community. TransAlta believes that diversity enhances the quality of its performance, is an essential element to effective corporate governance, and cultivates a strong workplace culture




  • Central location on St Georges Terrace
  • 7 extra days of paid leave per year
  • Company funded private health insurance for you and your family




This position is a key member of the business development team with an accountability to manage and oversee all project approvals, stakeholder and Indigenous relations matters.


You will oversee all necessary approvals for the development and execution of greenfield and brownfield clean energy investment opportunities in Australia. This will also include responsibility for all stakeholder and Indigenous relations matters.

This position will also be responsible for developing government engagement strategies to facilitate project development.




The Project Approvals and Stakeholder Relations Manager is responsible for the following:                                                                                                                

  • Accountable to support the development and implementation of approvals strategies for TransAlta’s growth projects in alignment with the company’s strategic and financial objectives. This will include:
    • a) engaging with cross-functional teams responsible for all aspects of advancing new growth opportunities;
    • b)communicating status, timelines and risks of approvals relating to new growth opportunities to all involved stakeholders  (both internal and external)
    • c) identifying and mitigating approval risk as they relate to the opportunity under development.
  • Developing documentation and obtaining relevant environmental, planning and regulatory approvals and permits in accordance with growth project requirements.
  • Building relationships and conduct stakeholder liaison including customers, regulators, traditional owners, governmental bodies and shires.
  • Support compliance with development and construction approvals associated with regulatory, environmental, planning and land tenure instruments.
  • Oversee the implementation of site monitoring programs or survey activities as required for growth projects, primarily for flora, fauna, geotechnical and heritage.
  • Accountable for maintaining and continuously monitoring changes in environmental, regulatory, public policy, heritage and planning policies that impact the development and ownership of energy generation facilities and support the maintenance of the corporate growth strategy.



Our Project Approvals and Stakeholder Relations Manager must meet or exceed the following qualifications and experience:  

  • Formal qualifications in a relevant discipline
  • Minimum 10 years of field or industry experience, having worked on mining, infrastructure or clean energy generation projects.
  • Strong understanding of environmental approvals, management systems, environmental protection legislation, governance, compliance and trends in industry.
  • Understanding of native title, cultural and heritage matters as they relate to native title rights and interests and Traditional Owner liaison.
  • Onsite experience in building relationships with Traditional Owner groups and community stakeholders and implementing site survey activities is desirable
  • Strong project approval background with an understanding of greenfield and brownfield approvals and development pathways, including regulatory, land tenure, Native Title and heritage and community stakeholder consultation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of environmental, regulatory and planning policy, legislation, regulations and guidelines.
  • Demonstrated capability to identify approval risks and to develop and implement mitigation strategies.
  • Experience with stakeholder consultation and governmental engagement relating to project approvals.
  • Sound verbal and written communication skills required.


TransAlta offers a competitive remuneration package, including eligibility for an annual bonus.


Become part of our TransAlta team today!