Area Operations Manager

Alcoa Australia

Location: Kwinana Beach

Job Type: Full time


Just as aluminium is the element of possibility, so too, are our current and future employees. When you join Alcoa, you have the opportunity to help define what it means to be a sustainable aluminium company. Our 135-year legacy gives you the systems and tools to thrive. We invented the industry and today we are redefining what it means to be a sustainable aluminium company from mines to metal. We are open, honest, accountable and do what we say we’ll do. We relentlessly pursue outstanding and sustainable results and creatively transform ideas into value. We treat all people with dignity and provide a diverse, inclusive work culture. We work safely, promote wellness, and protect the environment. Come grow your career, collaborate on a global scale and deliver materials essential to the world. Learn more about the endless career possibilities for you at Alcoa!

About the job

Do you thrive in operations where your self-motivation drives results across productivity and safety? Can your collaborative leadership style create a cohesive, high performing team? This could be your next opportunity!

Our Area Operations Managers are essential to ensuring effective operations across our refineries and are a critical part of the leadership team in ensuring a safe, efficient, and reliable operations.

In this role, your strengths will lie in your ability to develop and support a team to deliver success through others for your operation centre whilst also working with the wider management team to deliver towards wider site targets and objectives.

Core responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Provide leadership and management to the Production and the Mechanical and Electrical maintenance groups.

  • Ensure issues relating to safety, health and environment, production, maintenance, process and equipment development, cost control and people development are identified and properly addressed.

  • Accountable for establishing and achieving production, safety, environment, efficiency, and cost targets.

  • Active management of task forces formulating recommendations across the plant on issues of training, recruiting, safety initiatives, industrial relations initiatives, organisational design, productivity initiatives, maintenance strategy etc

  • Hire, train and develop a well-developed team taking in to consideration succession planning and development paths.

  • Ensure that the operation centre has an effective cost and productivity improvement program.

  • Responsible for setting and achieving the department operating budget and responsible for setting and co-responsible for achieving operating centre capital budget.

  • Ensure a strong focus on safety is developed and maintained across your team.

About you

To play a part in our ongoing success we are seeking someone with:

  • Engineering degree ideally from a Chemical, Mechanical, or Electrical background.

  • Experience in large scale, complex production environments.

  • Track record of driving results and best practice around quality, production, and safety.

  • Experience in operational leadership positions where you can demonstrate continuous improvements to the operations you have led.

  • Developed and/or implemented organisational EH&S programmes.

  • Ability to achieve results through others, with a highly collaborative management style.

  • Excellent relationship building skills with an ability to engage and communicate with individuals across the team and wider business.

Why Alcoa?

Our values – act with integrity, operate with excellence, care for people, lead with courage – are at the foundation of everything we do.

At Alcoa we strive to create an inclusive workplace where employees can bring their whole selves to work regardless of their background. We know it starts and finishes with you, which is why our value ‘care for people’ is so important to us. It ensures not only your physical safety but also provides an inclusive and welcoming workplace for people from all walks of life, encouraging diversity of thought from each and every person.

We embrace change, new ideas and promote a culture of respect and equal opportunity. Our employment programs are underpinned by diversity and equality and continue to be recognised and rewarded. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, women and LGBTIQ+ job seekers.

As an Alcoa employee, you will embark on growth opportunities and can truly make a difference being part of an organisation that respects and considers flexibility whilst empowering you with stimulating and challenging work.

Flexible work arrangements may be considered, please let us know when you apply if this is something you are seeking.

What’s on offer?

  • Excellent remuneration package

  • Car allowance

  • Benefits allowance

  • Performance related bonus (variable)

  • Superannuation above guarantee

  • 16 weeks parental leave scheme

  • Paid volunteer time

  • Employee groups including the Social Club, Alcoa Women’s Network, EAGLE (Employees at Alcoa for Gay, Lesbian, bisexual and transgender Equality) and AWARE (Alcoans Working Actively for Racial-ethnic Equality)

Our Locations

Alcoa’s Australian operations represent one of the world’s largest integrated bauxite mining, alumina refining and aluminium smelting systems and add value to Australia’s local, state and national economies at every stage. Our Australian operations support approximately 4,370 direct jobs including multiple entry talent pathways/programs, predominantly in regional Western Australia.

Supported by our head office in Booragoon and the Bindjareb Regional office in Pinjarra, our operations include: our world-class Technology Development Centre of Excellence (COE), two bauxite mines in Western Australia (Huntly and Willowdale); three alumina refineries in Western Australia (Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup); one aluminium smelter in Victoria (Portland); two dedicated port facilities in Western Australia (Kwinana and Bunbury); and two Alcoa Farmlands sites in Western Australia (Pinjarra and Wagerup).

Applications close
Monday 10th April 2023

Additional information

  • Interviews may progress prior to the closing date, although all applications will be considered.

  • You will only be contacted if you are shortlisted for an interview, this process can take up to four weeks from the closing date.

  • This position is available only to permanent Australian residents or applicants who hold the relevant Visa with authority to work in Australia. Please ensure this information is clearly stated on your application.

Please note that no agency applications will be accepted at this time.


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