Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Gold Fields

Location: Perth

Job Type: Full time


Granny Smith Mine (GSM) is an underground gold mining operation located 740km northeast of Perth, Western Australia.

Our people fly to the site on a chartered jet departing Perth Airport’s Terminal 2, four days a week to Laverton with a travel time of around 85 minutes, or via road for employees residing in host community towns including Laverton and Kalgoorlie.

With a 10-plus life of mine - stability plus!

Role Details:

Reporting to the Superintendent: Geotechnical, you will facilitate the safe and optimal extraction of gold from underground mining operations. In compliance with site Environmental and Safety Standards, you will be responsible for all mining aspects including the development and implementation of production plans in line with short to medium term planning targets.

As an employee at Gold Fields, we expect all levels of employees to act in a manner that seeks to align and enhance the values, safety culture, and performance of Gold Fields with the purpose of creating enduring value beyond mining.

This role is offered on a 12-month fixed term contract based on 8 days on 6 days off roster and is Fly in Fly out from Perth.

Benefits include:

Stability - Granny Smith has a 10-year mine life

6% Site Allowance & Private Health Insurance Allowance

Annual bonus

Virgin Velocity rewards points

About the role:

  • Daily production tasks relating to geotechnical engineering including development plans, blasting plans, documentation of inspections and data collection, geotechnical monitoring, stability analysis, recommendations, and QAQC;

  • Update and maintain the ground control management plan (GCMP) and the Seismic hazard Management Plan (SHMP);

  • Provide a geotechnical service to the mine through understanding, complying, mentoring, and liaising with business partners to promote full statutory compliance with mining regulations, legislation, and company safety objectives relevant to ground control;

  • Ensure that QAQC, Hazard maps, and/or monitoring reports are compiled and issued monthly;

  • Ensure performance objectives and targets are SMART and deliver the expected outcomes;

  • Capable of running geotechnical and backfill aspects of a mine with some input from other senior staff;

  • Provide technical support to the mine through the optimization of paste backfill systems including improvements to rheology, reticulation, QAQC, and backfill strength design whilst ensuring that all backfill risks are considered, evaluated, and have adequate controls;

  • Actively identifying and managing geotechnical risks and the development of systems to monitor and manage these.

  • Provide value add technical solutions based on strategic and operational analysis of opportunities within the mine including supporting other business functions with integrated life of mine plan solutions and continuous mine modernization through the implementation of new technologies and systems.

  • Develop and support an understanding of excavation design, planning, geological and operational issues to identify and communicate potential opportunities and concerns;

  • Updating and reporting on the rock fall, rock mass deformation monitoring, and seismic databases where applicable.

  • Ensure that geotechnical feasibility contributions are of the highest quality by determining design parameters, modelling, and advising on the most appropriate mine design and sequence.

About you:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in mining engineering, Geological Engineering or Geology with Post Graduate qualifications in Geomechanics

  • Extensive demonstrated experience with underground hard rock and geotechnical engineering.

  • Experience in Project/Cost/Contractor Management

  • Valid Driver’s Licence

  • Detailed knowledge of the Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulations 2022 & Work Health and Safety Act 2020

  • Exposure with 3D numerical modelling software such as MAP3D, RS3D, and unwedge is preferred

Applications can be submitted via:

We are committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce, and strongly encourage applications from female, Aboriginal, and Torres Strait Islanders, as well as candidates with culturally diverse backgrounds.

  • Stability - Granny Smith has a 10-year mine life
  • 6 % Site Allowance & Bonus Scheme
  • Private Health Insurance Allowance
  • Virgin Velocity reward points
  • Salary Sacrifice options
  • Own rooms and full phone/WIFI coverage in camp
  • Short travel times
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