Geotechnical Superintendent

Gold Fields

Location: Kambalda East

Job Type: Full time


Gold Fields is a globally diversified gold producer with nine operating mines in Australia, South Africa, Ghana, Peru, Canada and 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.

St Ives Gold Mine is located 20km south-east of Kambalda and approximately 80 km south of Kalgoorlie. It is comprised of both open pit and underground operations and produces over 350,000 ounces of gold per annum.

Role Details:

Reporting to the Unit Manager: Technical Services at St Ives, you will be responsible for the effective coordination of all mining related geotechnical issues across both the underground and open pit operations to achieve budgeted production, meeting all quality standards including cost, safety, and environment.

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 can be offered as residential in Kambalda or Kalgoorlie OR FIFO from Perth on a 4 days on 3 days off roster.

Benefits include:

  • 6% Site Allowance & Private Health Insurance Allowance

  • Annual bonus scheme & long-term incentive plan

  • Salary sacrifice options

  • Increased annual leave entitlements

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

  • Educational assistance

About the role:

  • Enable, coordinate and facilitate the development of geotechnical strategies which will optimise the productivity, reliability, and profitability of the site;

  • Active involvement in short, medium, and long-term plans and projects and ensure that all geotechnical risks are identified, considered, evaluated, and have adequate controls put in place;

  • Contribute to the ongoing success of existing mining operations by reviewing current monitoring systems, making recommendations that will ensure adequate ground control as the depth of the mine increases, consulting with group geotechnical expertise as appropriate;

  • Lead the technical group in the optimal design and scheduling of paste fill activities to support UG voids, ensuring all safety risks are considered and effective controls put in place;

  • Oversee the collection and analysis of geotechnical data including effective recognition, investigation, analysis of rock fall events and ground control issues;

  • 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;

  • Mentoring and development of the geotechnical engineers and managing the departments succession plan;

  • Collaborate with stakeholders to undertake specialist work or studies this may include review work for other operations within the region.

About you:

  • Master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Geological Engineering or Geology with Post Graduate qualifications in Geomechanics

  • Extensive displayed experience in geotechnical engineering, preferably with experience at a Senior Level on operating mine sites.

  • Experience in both Underground mechanised open stoping with paste fill, and Surface mining operations.

  • Detailed working knowledge of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act & Regulations.

  • Ability to use software such as Deswik, MAP3D, Slide, and Unwedge.

  • Experience in Project/ Cost/ Contractor Management.

  • Frontline Management Training, including Leadership Experience.

  • Valid Driver’s Licence

Applications can be submitted via:

Gold Fields is committed to achieving an inclusive workforce. We recognise that the diverse talent of our people will ultimately determine our growth, performance and success. We 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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