Superintendent, Ore Body Knowledge

locationYellowknife - Northwest Territories (NT),

atRio Tinto

Job Description:

Superintendent – Ore Body Knowledge

  • Unique opportunity to be involved in a world class diamond mining operation
  • Work with an exceptional team of operations and technical people
  • Opportunity to introduce and implement continuous improvement initiatives

About the role

We are looking for a Superintendent of Ore Body Knowledge to be responsible for providing expertise, knowledge, and leadership relevant to the geologic, hydrogeologic, and geotechnical aspects of pit slopes, underground, earthworks, and structures to ensure they serve DDMI’s purposes safely and efficiently.

This role will be required to support the Diavik Technical team in the management of pit slopes, the underground mining environment, integrating performance data into design, interfacing with dike performance and design specialists, and leading junior staff and technicians. This is a challenging role that would suit a person who has a proven track record in resource definition, rock mass and structural characterization, hydrogeology, geotechnical design, and performance. The Ore Body Knowledge team at Diavik receives strong support from Diavik management and Copper and Diamonds Technical and are encouraged to explore innovative ways to meet the challenges that go with mining pit slopes and underground within one of the world’s most iconic diamond mines.

You will be working on a 3 weeks on / 3 weeks off rotation in the interim with the potential that this change to a 2 weeks on / 2 weeks off rotation in the future, once the COVID-19 pandemic normalizes.

Reporting to the Diavik Technical Manager and working collaboratively with all operational and functional departments, you will be responsible for:

  • Leading and supervising a team of geologists, hydrogeologists, geotechnical engineers and technicians who are responsible for their respective specialties underground, in the open pits, dikes, dams, waste rock dumps, and other critical infrastructure. The duties of this team include:
  • resource definition,
  • geotechnical monitoring, dewatering, geotechnical design,
  • geotechnical risk management (surface and underground),
  • tailings dam and dike monitoring and risk management.
  • Leading the team in strategic problem solving that manages risks and supports overall mine productivity and delivering to plan.
  • Ensuring the team provides timely inputs (e.g. Geotech / hydro constraints, dilution tracking, grade estimation) to planning and plan reconciliation activities.
  • Ensuring that learnings, risks to plan, and improvements are clearly communicated at each planning cycle (short to long range).
  • Ensuring DDMI compliance to all applicable corporate safety and government regulations.
  • Leading the design, planning, and budgeting of capital projects, including geology, hydrogeology, and geotechnical drilling campaigns, to enable risk management and safe production.
  • Implementing and directing best practice in geologic interpretation, hydrogeologic input to mine dewatering, geotechnical engineering, mine design and mining operations to ensure safety and business objectives are achieved.
  • Engaging multiple stakeholder groups (EoRs, consultants, senior management, regulators) and provide technical input/basis for mining, design, and projects.
  • Coordinating and leading engagements with the Diavik Geotechnical Review Board (DGRB).
  • Collaborating with stakeholders at Diavik and from other business units to share and promote best practices;
  • Expanding position-relevant knowledge and skills through continuing self-directed or employer-sponsored professional

About you

To be successfully considered for this role, you will have:

  • Strong safety mindset;
  • Bachelor’s Degree in geology, engineering geology, or related field;
  • 8-10 years’ experience with geologic interpretation, mine design, construction, and performance of excavations, dams, dikes, or other engineered works;
  • Valid WSCC Supervisor Level II Certification or ability to obtain;
  • Expertise of geologic, geotechnical, and hydrogeological data logging and interpretation;
  • Knowledge of instrumentation installations and geotechnical data management systems;
  • Expertise of geologic, hydrogeologic, geotechnical research and analysis methods;
  • Working knowledge of VULCAN or equivalent mine planning and visualization software;
  • Ability to adapt to changing business conditions and communicate effectively with stakeholders at all levels;
  • A track record of delivering practical and innovative solutions to multi-faceted technical challenges;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, lead people, and work independently in a results-oriented environment;
  • Demonstrated technical writing and presentation skills for capturing and communicating technical information and results;
  • Experience leading a multidisciplinary team.

Northern residency and experience working in a cross-cultural environment, coupled with knowledge of the unique challenges and opportunities presented to those living in the North, are assets. Hiring priority will be given to qualified applicants who are beneficiaries of the DDMI Participation Agreement Groups and to qualified applicants residing in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Territories. Members must clearly identify their status on the online job application and resume if they wish to receive priority consideration.

About Rio Tinto

Every idea, every innovation, every little thing the world calls ‘progress’ begins with a first step, and someone willing to take it: explorers, inventors, entrepreneurs. Pioneers.

For nearly 150 years, Rio Tinto has been a company of pioneers – generations of people spanning the globe, all with the grit and vision to produce materials essential to human progress.

Our iron ore has shaped skylines from Shanghai to Sydney. Our aluminium – the world’s first to be certified “responsible” – helps planes fly and makes cars lighter. Our copper helps wind turbines power cities and our boron helps feed the world and explore the universe.

Our diamonds help us celebrate the best parts of life.

Where you will be working

Located in the Northwest Territories of Canada, the Diavik Diamond Mine is a producer of gem-quality diamonds. At Diavik, a strong focus is placed on protecting the local environment, as well as supporting communities through employment and education.

Every Voice Matters

We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome – they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us different.

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, women, the LGBTQIA2 community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.

Please note, in order to be successfully considered for this role you must complete all pre-screening questions.

Closing Date: December 30, 2020

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