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Permitting & External Relation Lead

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Date: Mar 16, 2023

Location: Al Jubail, Al Jubail Region, SA

Company: Hatch

Requisition ID: 86406 

Job Category: Environmental 

Location: Al Jubail, Al Jubail Region, Saudi Arabia 

Join a company that is passionately committed to the pursuit of a better world through positive change. With more than 65 years of business and technical expertise in mining, energy, and infrastructure, our 10,000 colleagues in 150 countries tirelessly work toward bettering the industries in which we operate. With practical solutions that are safe, innovative and sustainable, we think globally while acting locally. Are you looking for an opportunity to join a diverse group of professionals who are committed to remaining exceptional? We look forward to hearing from you.


Our Environmental Services Group (ESG) provides our clients with expertise in climate change, environmental assessment & management, noise & vibration, social impact management, sustainable development design, and water resources. With your help, we can build extraordinary things that co-exist, and benefit local communities and habitats.


Purpose of the position is to plan and obtain all permits required by the company. The role is also responsible for dealing with all external stakeholders including, but not limited to, the utility companies, Plaschem Park management company, neighboring companies, local communities, etc. The key dimensions of the role are:

- Organizes many tasks to complete in a short period of time including scheduling inspections, keeping tract of paperwork, and ensuring that all necessary documents are filed correctly and timely.

- Plans and manages time well without missing any deadlines.

- Analyzes and solves problems to resolve issues that arise during the permit application process.

- Leads people from the company and contractors while motivating self and others to achieve shared goals.


Main Job responsibilities


  • Visible HSE Leadership
  • Act as the subject matter expert for permitting and external relation
  • Accountable for all external interfaces/relationships with governments, industry, local authorities/institutions, community stakeholders, and leads integrated functional delivery for Company’s establishment and projects in KSA
  • Builds strategic and long-term relationship of trust with the aforementioned stakeholders for advancement of Company’s business and project objectives
  • Identifies, assesses, and manages social, reputational, and political opportunities and risks related to Company’s strategic ambitions from the early stage
  • Ensure effective internal communications and engagement to rive internal alignment with different workstream and projects.


  • Ensuring that all permits are issued in a timely manner while maintaining compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Coordinating with contractors to ensure that permits are issued in a timely fashion
  • Pre-engagement with respective permitting authorities to align requirement for a ‘zero defect’ permit application for avoiding recycling of applications
  • Managing the permitting/licensing process, including reviewing applications for completeness, conducting inspections, issuing permits, and enforcing permit conditions
  • Coordinating with contractors, architects, engineers, subcontractors, inspectors, and other relevant parties throughout the permitting process
  • Communicating with the internal team about the status of permitting applications and responding to questions about the permitting process
  • Ensuring that all permits are issued in accordance with local, state, and federal laws
  • Providing information about the permitting process to clients, such as contractors or homeowners who are seeking permits for construction process.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Fluent in Arabic and English (reading, writing, and speaking)
  • Possess sound knowledge of all permits, and consents required to be obtained for a new industrial facility in KSA
  • Proven experience in dealing with permits and external engagements
  • Have good knowledge of industrial landscape and local communities of KSA, particularly those of Jubail area
  • Have excellent communication, influencing and presentation skills
  • Able to analyze issues and generate alternative solutions to circumvent bottlenecks and delays
  • Demonstrated experience in complex stakeholder management at various levels of government, industry in KSA
  • Leads by example with a deep person commitment to always do the right things
  • Extensive experience in a mix of government, corporate communications, business, and public affairs/strategic communications
  • Experience in Issues Management and Crisis Management related to permitting and external relation.


Why join us?

What we offer you?


  • Flexible work environment
  • Long term career development
  • Think globally, work locally


Don't meet every single requirement? You don't need to. At Hatch, we are building a diverse, inclusive workplace that fosters innovation. If you're interested in this role, we encourage you to apply even if your past experiences don't perfectly align with the skills we've listed.


We're committed to fostering a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate and serve. Hatch is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers applicants without regard to age, race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected status. If you have any accommodation requirements, please let us know. We'll do our best to meet your needs in accordance with applicable local legislation.


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