Rio Tinto

Senior Engineer- Strategic Mine Planning (Long Range)

Rio Tinto
Salt Lake City, UT, US
Jul 15, 2021
Jul 28, 2021
Work Term
Work Load
Full Time
Senior Engineer - Strategic Mine Planning (Long Range Mine Planning)
  • Be part of a group that is safety driven and values inclusion
  • Join an encouraging leadership group, committed to your growth and development
  • Excellent career opportunity to provide technical leadership and strategy for a large and complex mining project
  • Role is based out of Salt Lake City, UT

About the role

All progress begins with pioneers. At Rio Tinto, it begins with you.

We are looking for Senior Mine Planning Engineer to drive the development of life of mine plans and strategies to maximize value of the Bingham Canyon resource and mitigate business risk.

This is a great opportunity for a Mining Engineer to ensure mine plans have technical assurance and risks are identified and quantified to support investment proposals.

We are an open, connected international team of technical specialists using some of the most exciting data and tools on the planet. We are the world leader in automation and smart mining. We have technical development programs that are industry-leading and recognise the unique nature of your role. These provide opportunities to grow your career through a dedicated technical path while being rewarded for your unique skills.

Reporting to the Principal Advisor Strategic Mine Planning and working in a collaborative community within the Kennecott Utah Copper Team, you will:
  • Develop and communicate mine plans and strategies to support evaluation and senior management decision-making regarding risk and value profiles of life of mine plans.
  • Communication and management of significant risk involved in development and implementation of the mine plan including geotechnical risk.
  • Application of mining economic evaluation techniques including cut-off grade analysis, risk assessment, and value optimization.
  • Ownership and custodian of key mining systems and processes including pit slope design and production scheduling.
  • Work closely with the medium range mine planning team to generate life of mine plan forecasts.

What you'll bring
  • A commitment to the safety of yourself and your team
  • Strong capability in mine design and production scheduling software (MineSight, COMET and Whittle or equivalent).
  • Ability to work in cross-functional and multi-disciplinary teams to ensure mine plans are integrated across ore body knowledge and the business.
  • Strong communication skills including preparation of technical reports and presentations to senior management.
  • Bachelor's degree in mining engineering or other relevant discipline.
  • 5+ years Mine planning experience in large open cut mining environments or complex poly-metallic value chains.

It will be beneficial if you have:
  • Experience in life of mine planning software (COMET or equivalent)
  • Exposure to mining studies and development of project evaluations for funding and investment proposals.
  • Knowledge of financial drivers and financial evaluation techniques.

What we offer

Be recognized for your contribution, your thinking and your hard work, and go home knowing you've helped the world progress.
  • A work environment where safety is always the number one priority
  • A competitive salary package with annual cash incentive awards for eligible employees
  • Career development & education assistance to further your ambitions
  • Access top tier family-friendly health and medical programs and pension plan
  • Wellbeing benefits
  • Generous Rio Tinto employee share program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Ongoing individual wellbeing support for you and your family for personal and professional matter
  • Leave for all of life's reasons (vacation/annual, paid parental, sick leave)

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'll be working

Our Kennecott mine is a world-class, fully integrated copper mining operation, including a concentrator, smelter and refinery, located just outside Salt Lake City, Utah, in the United States. We produce copper, precious metals including gold and silver, molybdenum and sulfuric acid. Kennecott has been mining and processing minerals from the rich ore body of the Bingham Canyon Mine since 1903 and is one of the top producing mines in the world, comprising approximately 11 percent of U.S. annual copper production.

Every Voice Matters

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

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

Rio Tinto participates in E-Verify to confirm work authorization. Please visit for more information.

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.

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