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Mechanical Reliability Specialist | Kalgoorlie | 5:2 Residential


Location: Esperance

Job Type: Not Specified


About BHP

At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities. Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success.

Come and be a part of this success.

About the Role

Reporting to the Superintendent Maintenance Reliability, the Mechanical Reliability Specialist will drive maintenance performance and benchmarking through defect elimination, continuous improvement, strategy and application of reliability fundamental principles. This role will see you as part of the cohesive reliability team of the Kalgoorlie Nickel Smelter, actively working to achieve common goals within a dynamic working environment.

In this role, you will build business partnerships and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders across the business (maintenance execution, engineering and projects) and support the completion of wider reliability improvements and the elimination of defects in the end-to-end maintenance system inclusive of defects in parts, procedures, work quality and processes.

In this role you will:

  • Perform detailed analysis of condition monitoring data, initiate maintenance strategies and changes to mitigate emerging business risks.
  • Support the development of operating standards, procedures and work instructions (operational and maintenance).
  • Analyse life of plant, equipment, infrastructure to determine equipment capability and optimisation of maintenance activities.
  • Implement statutory and company safety requirements across site.
  • Develop and optimise maintenance strategies that enable plant safety, reliability and performance to be maximised.
  • Ensure RCA’s for equipment failures are conducted and imported into APM.
  • Ensure that contracts for materials, services and overhauls are negotiated, managed and delivered to meet the requirements of the organisation, including accuracy, quality and time.
  • Assist with the identification of forward business requirements for capital expenditures to maintain or improve the integrity of maintainable assets.
  • Drive continuous improvement.

About You

You will be an effective leader and a collaborative communicator with the ability to manage multiple business priorities simultaneously. Strong interpersonal skills are essential, allowing you to influence while also enabling you to build relationships across departments and to communicate with multiple levels of the business.

You will have the ability to manage stakeholders across multiple teams and thrive in ambiguous environments. You will effectively manage multiple deliverables across stakeholders and be action oriented and strategically focused with superior problem solving, decision making and influencing skills.

In addition you will have:

  • Tertiary qualification in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent trade & industry experience to support the technical support requirements of the role.
  • Previous experience in mining or heavy industry maintenance environment with demonstrated capabilities associated with asset management and subsequent remediation.
  • Knowledge of defect elimination and root cause analysis experience.
  • Experience developing maintenance strategies and plans.
  • Exposure to cost reduction strategies with financial and commercial acumen is preferable.
  • Experience with SAP and Asset Management Software (GE APM) will be advantageous.


The Kalgoorlie Nickel Smelter is located 14 kilometres south of the city of Kalgoorlie–Boulder and approximately 600 kilometres east of Perth, the capital of Western Australia. Kalgoorlie is a thriving regional centre with a prospering local sporting community, multiple schooling options, modern shopping facilities and a wide variety of housing options – with vibrant rural landscapes within driving distance. To continue to support the community in which we operate, this role will be residential however relocation support will be provided to assist those that choose to relocate to the region.

About Our Process

At BHP, we are committed to employing individuals who align with the BHP Charter Values and meet the requirements of the role. As part of the recruitment process, there are a number of checks which may be conducted to demonstrate applicants suitability for a role including police / criminal background checks, medical, drug and alcohol testing, due diligence checks, right to work checks, and/or reference checks.

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of our people, BHP requires employees in Australia to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in line with BHP’s Covid Policy and any relevant State health directives. If you are applying for a role at BHP please consider this requirement when submitting your application. BHP will also adhere to any relevant health directives that may be made that affects our workforce.

Supporting a Diverse Workforce

The size and magnitude of our business not only provides significant opportunity for professional development, but also attractive salary packages with performance-based bonuses and a unique BHP employee share program.

At BHP, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from women and Indigenous people. We know there are many aspects of our employees' lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life. These benefits include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, other extended leave entitlements and parent rooms.