Tailings Engineer

Gold Fields

Location: Perth

Job Type: Full time


Gold Fields is a globally diversified gold producer with nine operating mines in Australia, Peru, South Africa and West Africa (including the Asanko JV), as well as one project in Chile.

Gold Fields' mining assets in the Australia region (GFA) include a 100% interest in the St Ives, Agnew and Granny Smith mines and a 50:50 interest in the Gruyere JV project with Gold Road Resources.

Role Details:

Reporting to the Regional Responsible Tailings Facility Engineer (RTFE), you will work within a team overseeing the integrity, safety, and governance of the tailings storage facility (TSF) at- the 4 mine sites for Gold Fields based in Western Australia. In addition, you will work on various continuous improvement projects and opportunities within the operations to improve dam integrity, work practices and procedures. Therefore, you must develop and maintain effective working relationships with the TSF operations, project teams, and other departments. You will also be responsible for the ongoing management, compliance, and governance of the tailings facility in line with the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM).

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

This position is offered as a Perth based role with site travel as and when required with the flexible work hours available upon application.

Benefits include:

  • Private Health Insurance Allowance

  • Quarterly Bonus Scheme

  • Salary sacrifice options

  • Increased leave entitlements for annual leave, paid primary and secondary parental leave

  • Long service leave pro-rata after 5 years of continuous service

  • Educational assistance

  • An option of a 9 day fortnight

About the role:

  • Understand and maintain a record of costs associated with tailings management, including maintenance, operation, construction, professional services, and studies;

  • Regularly update and maintain the risk registers, operation, maintenance & surveillance (OMS) manuals, including emergency preparedness and response plans, site tailings management system;

  • Compile and prepare quarterly TSF management reports for the sites, as well as develop and maintain the Tailings Management Plan (TMP) for the operations;

  • Review tailings deposition and tailings capacity quarterly and develop and maintain a short-term (quarterly) deposition plan for implementation on site;

  • Overseeing construction projects related to the TSFs;

  • With support from the Regional RTFE, establish and maintain a formal relationship with the Engineers of Record (EoRs);

  • Evaluating geological, hydrotechnical and geotechnical information.

Essential requirements:

  • A University Bachelor’s Degree in Civil or Geotechnical Engineering or a related field

  • Post Graduate qualification in Tailings or Soils Engineering is desirable

  • Demonstrated experience in geotechnical engineering, preferably with some exposure to operating mines

  • Experience coordinating TSF site investigations, construction and commissioning

  • Practical knowledge of IT engineering systems that analyse slope stability, seepage, hydraulic modelling, and deposition modelling (e.g., GeoStudio, Rocscience, Muk3D, Rift)

  • A valid Drivers Licence

  • Excellent communication skills and language fluency in English.

Applications can be submitted via: https://careers.goldfields.com/Australia

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.

At Gold Fields we work together as a team to deliver excellent results and take pride in what we do. We actively seek input from others and truly believe that diverse views improve the quality of our work. We work hard, so when the business achieves its goals, employees can share in better salary increases and bonuses, and we have more money to invest in communities and ongoing renewable energy projects.

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