Senior Manager Tailings Dam Governance


Location: Perth

Job Type: Full time


South32 is a globally diversified mining and metals company. Our purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people’s lives now and for generations to come. We are trusted by our owners and partners to realise the potential of their resources. We produce commodities including bauxite, alumina, aluminium, metallurgical coal, copper, lead, manganese, nickel, silver and zinc from our operations in Australia, Southern Africa and South America. With a focus on growing our base metals exposure, we also have two development options in North America and several partnerships with junior explorers around the world.

The Opportunity – Permanent, Full Time Position

This position of Senior Manager Tailings Dam Governance is responsible for assisting with the global leadership of South32 dam management and stewardship, and governance across all regions and investments. The role provides an effective risk management function to South32 and monitors the implementation of risk management practices in the design, construction, operation, and closure of dam facilities in accordance with the relevant professional codes and industry practices and the International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) Tailings Governance Framework.

The role is responsible for the framework of identifying risks, developing, implementing, and managing controls adequate for the company to prevent catastrophic failures of tailings storage facilities. It underpins the essential components of the company’s governance of tailing management by providing both management and functional expertise in tailings governance to all South32 operations in compliance with regulatory requirements and internal company standards.

The role and its function is embedded in a position statement by the ICMM members to which the company is bound.


  • Leading a small team of professionals to provide Stewardship and Governance for tailings and dams across the Group
  • Ensure alignment with the GISTM(Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management)
  • Establish, implement, maintain and verify policy, defining the risk management framework, roles and responsibilities, setting goals for implementation
  • Establish, implement, maintain and verify standards related to the proper management of tailing storage facilities and dams across the company
  • Identifying known and emerging issues. Identifying shifts in the organization’s implicit risk appetite
  • Assisting management in developing systems, processes and controls to manage risks and issues related to tailings and dams management
  • Facilitating and monitoring implementation of effective risk management practices by operational management
  • Alerting operational management to emerging issues and changing regulatory and risk scenarios
  • Monitoring the adequacy and effectiveness of internal control, accuracy and completeness of reporting, compliance with laws and regulations, and timely remediation of deficiencies
  • Implement and execute governance processes to verify and validate risk controls and the results of dam design & construction, including Periodic audits to identify gaps and tracking related actions for closure
  • Assist in developing annual reporting to senior management and the Risk & Audit Committee on the status of risks and mitigating actions associated with Dams
  • Undertake a leadership role with external professional and industry bodies
  • Lead internal forum to share best practice and improve dam management across the Group
  • Develop and undertake governance risk controls, including peer reviews, periodic internal technical audits of the underlying work, independent audits of new facilities, annual performance metrics.
  • Provides leadership in tailings and dam management for South32.
  • Roll-up of key metrics from specific programs for internal company analysis and reporting to Regional and Corporate levels.
  • Implement and execute processes to educate and train other professionals involved in the management of tailings and dams
  • Represent the company in Joint Venture Committees and external activities
  • Participate, represent South32 on external professional committees, coordinate dissemination of output to the wider South32 community
  • Participate and/or lead Independent Peer Reviews of Development Projects involving dams.

Qualifications & experience

  • Civil engineering degree with tailings, geotechnical or soft soils experience
  • More than 15 years’ experience in various technical and management including experience with tailings management and tailings/geotechnical design roles
  • Deep knowledge in tailing and dams
  • Deep knowledge of professional standards and regulations
  • Planning and coordination of activities and personnel to deliver the stated results.
  • Deep level of understanding of the companies portfolio of operations
  • Auditing & training skills

Our benefits

  • Competitive Salary
  • Incentive bonus
  • Participation in the Employee Share Plan
  • Industry leading parental leave and family care policy
  • Education and career development


This role will be based at our office in the heart of the Perth CBD. We understand and value the benefits flexibility brings and operate a hybrid work model (in the office and from home)

Our culture

At South32, our people are fundamental to our success. We’re focused on creating an inclusive workplace, with the right people in the right roles, who are engaged, empowered, and appropriately rewarded.

We aspire to be an inclusive organisation, where our workforce reflects the broader demographic of the countries and communities where we operate.

South32 embraces diversity and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds.

Applications close 4th December 2022

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