Vale Limited

Superintendent, Project &Shutdown Management

Ontario, Canada
Nov 20, 2020
Dec 20, 2020
Work Term
Work Load
Full Time
Who We Are

Why Vale?

Be a part of the largest mining company in the Americas and one of the largest in the world with operations in more than 30 countries. At Vale, we strive to be the number one global natural resources company in creating long term value, through excellence and passion for people and the planet.

Vale is proud to be part of the mining history in Sudbury which has existed for more than 100 years. With a focus on nickel and copper production the 4,000-person operation is Vale's largest Canadian site. In total, Vale has five mines, a mill, a smelter and a refinery in Sudbury, making it one of the largest integrated mining operations on the globe. We are privileged to operate in the territory of the Robinson Huron Treaty and homeland of the Métis.

Difference Makes All the Difference

At Vale, we are committed to ensuring an inclusive work environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. Vale encourages everyone to express their ideas and opinions and Vale values the plurality of individual profiles. 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 any other personal consideration that makes us different.

Vale is seeking to increase diversity across our operations and improve equal opportunity at Vale and in the mining industry.

The Opportunity

Do you value safety and risk management and make it a priority just as we do? Are you motivated to work collaboratively in a team environment?

We are currently seeking a Superintendent, Project & Shutdown Management, to join our Creighton & Totten/Garson Operations in Sudbury.

The Project & Shutdown Management Superintendent will provide project and shutdown management for his/her defined area of accountability. Project complexity will be typically limited to projects below $30M pa. in spend. The projects portfolio will include managing projects from FEL 1 studies in conjunction with Engineering and Studies team through to detail management from FEL 3 onwards through to project close out. The incumbent will provide leadership guidance to project leads in applying the project management framework in a streamline and effective manner. Shutdowns are to be led by this team in partnership with respective operations to ensure efficient and safe execution of scope, schedule, budget and quality.

Although previous experience in mining or an industrial setting is considered an asset, we also appreciate that diversity of thought comes from our differences – and that’s what makes us great!

  • The ideal candidate will possess a Professional Engineer Designation, who is eligible to register as a licensed Professional Engineer with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba.
  • The ideal candidate will be a designated Project Management Professional (P.M.P)
  • Candidates with suitable experience and an engineering technology diploma may also be considered.

  • The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 8 -10 years of experience in a Project Management related role
  • Previous Supervisory/line leadership experience

Knowledge & Skills:
  • Knowledge and understanding of VPS Technical, project management principles and strategies and strong project management skills
  • Maintenance supervision, project implementation, and engineering knowledge
  • Strong leadership, coaching, and interpersonal skills
  • Must have strong organization and time management skills
  • High initiative and is able to self-direct to accomplish goals with minimum supervision
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Solid financial knowledge to make business cases and decisions
  • Computer proficiency with Microsoft Office products


  • Lead the management of a portfolio of approved Capital, Operating, and Period/Shutdown projects including related commissioning/ops readiness
  • Lead and Develop Project Leads, Project Engineer(s), Project Controls Coordinator(s) in line with optimized project and shutdown processes.
  • Coordinate communication of contractor usage internally with impacted unions

  • Audit the PHRs, JHAs, Lift Plans and other safety documents related to the Projects within the portfolio for quality and adherence to standards
  • Audit External Service Provider Safety Plan for quality and adherence to standards
  • Audit worksite periodically for adherence to Safety Plan and Vale Standards
  • Manage the creations and resolution of I.M.s for incidents, conditions and near-misses that occur within the projects
  • Manage the Notice of Project application process.
  • Develop the Shutdown Safety Strategy in concert with the Safety Department

  • Lead, organize and coordinate the scoping, planning and execution of all work occurring during the site Shutdown (Planned Maintenance Period)
  • Determine the Project Lead requirements to successfully manage the portfolio of projects/shutdowns in area of responsibility
  • Manage the provision of construction coordination for Capital and Operating projects by the Project Leads
  • Plan and coordinate internal and external resources required to manage contracts and contractors (i.e. internal resources – with Vale Supervisors; external resources – with contractors)
  • Manage the development of scopes of work for non-continuous Project or Shutdown specific contract requirements
  • Responsible for the development of project charters

  • Coordinate and resolve the integration of Project/Shutdown work into the Site’s Major Events Schedule with support from peers (Integrated Planning Superintendent and Site Superintendents)
  • With support from Project leads ensure adequate representation occurs during the Site Integrated Planning & Shutdown meetings
  • Lead the Shutdown readiness meetings for areas of accountability.
  • Where necessary design and present for approval the shutdown (temporary) organization to the operations management team. This will include nominating adequate leadership coverage during the shutdown to be successful

  • Perform contractor audits for quality, qualifications, compliance, invoice auditing
  • Access, analyze, understand and make recommendations regarding plant project and shutdown budget and contract spend information
  • Audit end states for quality assurance and operational readiness.
  • Review and approving scopes of work presented by project leads prior to commercial tenders.

  • Liaise with Service Procurement Group while managing requisitions and performing Technical and Commercial Evaluations
  • With support from Manager and peers perform service demand planning of project and shutdown contracts
  • Provide guidance on cost management including budgets, forecast and accruals
  • Verify that the Contract Management Office is providing appropriate service during contract scope development and demand planning
  • Manage the preparation and monitoring of fund request packages (AFE/APC) and follow asset capitalization process with support from other groups as required

About Applying:
  • Apply by visiting or by clicking Apply below.
  • We appreciate your interest in being a part of the team though only those applicants who are selected for interviews will be contacted
  • Vale is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, accommodation is available throughout our recruitment process for applicants with disabilities.
  • Closing Date: December 2, 2020

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