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Mine Planning Engineer


Location: Queensland

Job Type: Full time



Cannington is one of the world's largest and lowest-cost producers of silver and lead.  Located in northwest Queensland, Cannington boasts an underground mine and processing facility situated approximately 800 kilometers west of Townsville and a concentrate handling facility at the Port of Townsville.

Cannington mine provides on-site accommodation including meal services, as well as sporting and gym facilities.

About the role

The role of the Planning Engineer is to undertake strategic and operational mine planning that facilitates execution of the mine plan. Giving careful consideration for the operating environment which exists at Cannington, this execution is to be carried out in a safe and sustainable fashion. Also ensuring the mining operation has well designed plans to direct safe and efficient production from the underground resource.

This role is being offered on a permanent basis, on a 4/3, 4/3, 8/6 from Townsville or Brisbane with up to a 50% work from home arrangement.

You will:

  • Create development designs in a timeframe which facilitates timely execution by the Mining team.
  • Create stope shapes, drill and blast strategies and filling strategies for the Operations Engineering team
  • Work with the Geology and Geotechnical teams to ensure plans delivered are suitable for the prevailing geological and geotechnical environments
  • Undertake regular work on mining sequences and preliminary stope shapes to ensure mining blocks are following key value drivers
  • Communicate risk to the mine plan due to planning related issues or variances
  • Undertake continuous mine planning improvement requirements, to improve safety, increase profitability and control costs
  • Reduce risk utilising appropriate safety systems and through regular contributions which identify or eliminate hazards, improve controls, and eliminate or reduce exposures

About you

The ideal candidate will need to have the following:

  • Tertiary qualification in Mining Engineering (or similar)
  • Experience in hard rock, underground operations – long-hole open stope mining methods are preferable
  • Planning skills which leverage value and risk-based decision making
  • Sound software skills, preferably with Deswik experience

Our benefits

  • 4/3, 4/3, 8/6 Roster from either Brisbane or Townsville
  • Flexible work arrangements with up to 50% work from home opportunities
  • Competitive salaries
  • Incentive bonuses
  • Additional employer superannuation contributions which depends on the level of employee contributions you choose
  • Industry leading parental leave and family care policy
  • Education and career development
  • Participation in the Employee Share Plan

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 strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

If you're good at what you do, you can work anywhere. If you're the best at what you do, come work at South 32.

Please note this job advert will close on 03rd February 2023.