Senior Advisor, Communications - Calgary, AB | Suncor Energy Inc. | | 23/04/14
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Senior Advisor, Communications full-time

Location: Calgary, AB
Company Name: Suncor Energy Inc. ()
Category: Communications
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Position Name:  Senior Advisor, Communications

Posting Number: 33348

Location: Calgary, AB

Employment Type: Perm Full-Time


We're hiring senior advisors for Suncor's Communications team. This is a great opportunity to show off your internal communications savvy, business knowledge and consulting skills.  As a business partner you'll consult to either Suncor's Human Resources or Information and Process Management teams on communications strategies and implementation.


  • Develop and execute communication strategies to support the client's business goals, while reflecting Suncor's business and communication priorities, culture, strategy and mission, vision and values
  • Provide communication counsel and support to clients and some leadership team members, including effective and timely internal communication using a variety of tools (e.g., written communications, employee conference calls, town hall meetings, web-based tools)
  • Create and implement communication plans, including execution of tactics to support specific projects, issues and initiatives
  • Collaborate with other communicators, organizational effectiveness and change management specialists
  • Highlight relevant developments and key milestones by writing online and print articles for company-wide communication tools and pursuing other internal and external opportunities to communicate changes and share successes
  • Build an understanding of the business environment and potential risks, to assist leaders with issue management and navigating reputational challenges
  • Understand, appropriately engage, and be an ambassador for the services model, Suncor's brand and communications processes on behalf of the Sustainability and Communication team


Suncor is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified individuals

Education and Experience:

  • University degree or related post-secondary diploma/certificate in Communications, Public Relations, Business, Journalism or associated field
  • Minimum seven years plus experience in communications, preferably within a corporate communications setting
  • Experience as a trusted and strategic communication consultant to internal or external client groups
  • Experience helping clients manage communication issues and reputational challenges
  • Oil and gas/Human Resources/Information Technology/business process experience is an asset

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Superior communications skills, including planning, research, writing (print and web), editing and measurement
  • Strong conflict management and problem solving skills
  • Team player who knows how to engage diverse interests and build internal coalitions
  • Demonstrated ability to carry unstructured projects to completion within a changing environment, and work successfully with different types of people at many organizational levels
  • Able to successfully manage multiple projects to tight deadlines, both independently and as a member of a team
  • Able to act as a project leader as required, and coach other communication team members where no formal reporting relationship exists
  • Able to manage client expectations and develop win-win partnerships, while managing priorities
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite with strong working knowledge of Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • A background or familiarity with both change and reputation management is an asset
  • Professional association membership and/or accreditation is an asset (i.e. IABC, CPRS)


  • Our business partners work with leaders and subject matter experts to help drive business outcomes. That focus is fertile ground for practicing communication excellence. And, you'll be part of a larger, collaborative and highly experienced communications team. Suncor provides a great environment to build and continue your career in communications
  • As Senior Advisor for Human Resources Communications, you will help Human Resources by providing communications support for compensation, benefits, payroll, pension and savings, recruiting, orientation, on-boarding, talent management, and employee and leader learning and development programs
  • As Senior Advisor of Communications for the Information and Process Management Office (I&PM), which is the integrated centre of expertise for process, information and information technology, you will help I&PM tell their story, and translate many complex projects into meaningful business information for the team and the wider Suncor audience


Go ahead. Expect growth. We want you to have a job you're genuinely excited about - as well as opportunities to learn and challenge yourself or mentor others. Plus, Suncor Energy offers a flexible employee package that can be adjusted to suit the changing needs of your life, including:

  • competitive base salary and compensation programs
  • attractive annual incentive program
  • flexible benefits package
  • rewarding pension and savings plans


Suncor Energy is a sustainably operated Canadian integrated energy company. Our company combines a leading position in oil sands with complementary operations in refining and marketing, North American natural gas production and conventional oil production internationally and offshore East Coast Canada.

At Suncor, we operate our businesses reliably and efficiently with an emphasis on employee safety and a number of initiatives aimed at ensuring a safe and healthy environment. Suncor is also committed to contributing to the well-being of the communities where we operate - including yours.

Our use of innovative technology has made us an industry leader in the energy business - and with a strong strategy for growth, Suncor offers a solid foundation for you to continue building your career. As an employer, Suncor is one of the best companies in Canada, providing tremendous future potential where talented people thrive. As our business evolves, so do our employment opportunities. Our work culture includes a dynamic mix of newcomers and experienced professionals, with a diversity of skills and expertise from all parts of Canada.

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