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Sr Communications Advisor

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Date: Oct 7, 2021

Location: Superior, Wisconsin, United States

Company: Husky Energy

Posting End Date:  OCT 24, 2021

Posting will expire at 11:59 pm local time.


On January 1, 2021, Husky and Cenovus combined to form a resilient integrated energy leader. Husky is now part of the Cenovus group of companies.


One of Husky’s advantages is that we are an integrated oil and gas company. From exploration to development, production, refining and marketing, we’ve got it all! Combine this with a range of learning and development tools and an inclusive work environment, and you are well-positioned for a successful career at Husky.


We have training, mentoring and career development programs and resources to help you develop both personally and professionally – as an employee or a leader. We offer many internal leadership and business skills courses along with tuition reimbursement programs for qualified employees. Every year, a significant number of our employees are able to take on new roles within the company thanks to our strong focus on hands-on learning and development.


Job Summary
Reporting to the Group Lead, Regional & Downstream Communications this position is responsible for providing communications support and counsel for Cenovus’s refinery in Superior, Wisconsin. The Senior Communications Advisor will play a key role in all areas of communications related to the rebuild, restart and operations of the Superior Refinery. Duties include the development and execution of communication plans and activities that ensure alignment with Cenovus’s business priorities and values. This position also includes duties related to government relations, community investment, and community relations. They will be responsible for supporting business strategies, programs and events, utilizing a wide range of communication tools and vehicles.


Core Responsibilities

  • Communications
    • Anticipate and mitigate potential risks to Cenovus's reputation; promote and enhance the company's reputation as a responsible integrated energy leader.
    • Provide strategic and operational communications counsel to regional leadership and corporate communications.
    • Develop and execute communications plans in support of the restart of the refinery, including issues management of Hydrogen Fluoride, PFAS and other key concerns. 
    • Develop and execute communications plans in support of key initiatives and in alignment with Cenovus’s business priorities including supporting turnarounds, employee events, developing communications plans to support regional priorities, and other key programs.
    • Support roll-out of strategic/business plans and various initiatives through creative communication channels.
    • Consult with internal clients, including refinery management, to determine their communications needs and the best tactics to meet their objectives.
    • Support the rebranding of assets from Husky to Cenovus both internally and externally.
    • Develop and/or lead the creation of content for social media, intranet and website in support of Superior operations.
    • Day-to-day interaction through meetings and conference calls with Communications colleagues throughout the organization and interaction with Business Units and corporate functions.
    • Provide ongoing status updates and measurement of communications tactics.
    • Write and edit a variety of communications materials including communication plans, reports, presentations, news releases, announcements /articles, brochures, emails/memos, newsletters, change management materials, TV screens, speeches, and scripting for videos.
    • Conduct primary and secondary research on relevant communications trends to support strategic and business planning processes. 
    • Monitor regional issues and liaise regularly with supervisor and Corporate Communications.
    • Provide counsel to the local leadership team on crisis management if required. Act as a member of the Crisis Response Team.
  • Community Relations
    • Deliver on the corporate Community Investment Strategy by looking for local community investment opportunities that align with Cenovus’s giving focus areas.
    • Work with Community and Indigenous Affairs on local community engagement activities.
    • Assist with key regional events including Cenovus Gives, open houses and tours.
  • Government Relations
    • Establish and maintain constructive relationships with key community leaders, local and regional government officials and local influencers to promote Cenovus’s business priorities.


  • 10 years of communications experience.
  • Superior writing and editing skills.
  • Familiarity with the energy industry and region preferred.
  • Experience with refining industry considered an asset.
  • Emergency management experience is preferred.
  • The ability to craft communications aligning the clients’ business need with corporate goals.
  • Government and community relations experience is an asset.
  • Work as part of a team within Corporate Communications while directly supporting the region.
  • Proven track record as a communications strategist and accomplished implementer of communication plans.
  • Proven internal and external influencing skills at senior and executive management levels.
  • Experience in communicating change, including collaboration with stakeholders.
  • The ability to build relationships across the organization and to work independently.
  • Strong client relationship, interpersonal and team skills.
  • A confident presence and ability to clearly articulate strategies and concepts.

Education & Professional Designations

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Communications or Journalism or related program is preferred or a relevant post-secondary designation.


Safety Sensitive

  • Safety Sensitive: No
  • Employment of a final candidate selected for this position will be conditional upon successful completion of required pre-employment medical and alcohol/drug assessments.


Organizational Competencies

  • Drives for Results
  • Forward Thinking
  • Change Agility
  • Develops Potential
  • Communicates Effectively
  • Works Collaboratively


Please note that pre-employment background checks are pre-conditions to Husky employment offers and must be completed successfully before you are confirmed to start with Husky.


Husky Energy is an affirmative action employer and we are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to qualified applicants without regard to age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, veteran status, or other personal or physical characteristics protected by law.


Husky Energy is an integrated Canadian energy company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta.  The Company operates Upstream and Downstream business segments, with operations in Canada, the United States, China and Indonesia. 


Husky's balanced growth strategy focuses on consistent execution, disciplined financial management and safe and reliable operations.