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Health Principal

Perth, WA, Australia
Closing date
May 19, 2022

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Health & Safety
Work Term
Work Load
Full Time

Job Details

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, manganese, nickel, silver, lead, zinc and copper 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

Reporting to the Health and Safety Manager the Health and Safety function exists to deliver value to South 32 through the design, maintenance and implementation of South32 systems of management for health & safety, including standards, business processes, procedures and tools that support effective risk mitigation and sustainability performance across the business. We provide SME advice across health, safety and hygiene matters to the South32 operational, functional and major projects.

This role provides health management subject matter expertise across the South32 business to:

  • enable the business to adhere to the global Health Standard
  • enable effective case management for occupational injuries and illness
  • establish a group wellness process
  • support legal compliance and material-risk mitigation at the operational level
  • mitigate business level material risks through the identification and delivery of strategic improvements projects in collaboration with operation-based teams and other functions where relevant


  • provide technical (SME) advice on material health matters to management, functional and operational teams across multiple geographic locations to support compliance with regulatory requirements, health approvals and internal company standards
  • influence the strategic direction of the broader business with respect to health and wellness management to reduce long-term risk exposure and promote enduring health outcomes
  • provide input into the design of the global Health Standard, and develop processes that support the effective case management and implementation of wellness programs across the business
  • remain updated on new or changing health regulatory requirements and update the health standard, systems and processes accordingly
  • engage in external forums to discuss emerging industry wide health issues/opportunities and guide policy direction (government and industry-based) where relevant to the South32 business
  • monitor changes to legislative frameworks and industry standards relative to the discipline area/s, and instigate change management processes where required
  • identify and manage the portfolio of strategic improvement projects (relevant to occupational injury and illness management and wellness) that support the delivery of the South32 business plan/s and functional objectives
  • provide 2nd line stewardship over the South32 risk profile, internal company standards and health approvals/authorisations and work with the operations to close-out the identified gaps
  • Manage the implementation of the Health assurance program, to ensure:
    • Compliance with South32 Health standard, systems, processes for Health / Safety work
    • Compliance with Health statutory requirements
    • Health material risk critical controls are effective including reviews of Health / Safety events
  • Provide feedback to the HSE Operations and Operations teams highlighting gaps or issues identified from the Health assurance program, including guidance on how to rectify the identified issues.
  • support South32 reporting processes in relation to health management activities and initiatives
  • Co-create the company wide goals and targets for Health, including Short-Term Incentives for Remuneration
  • Create an inclusive workplace with a strong culture of care and accountability
  • An overriding commitment to health, safety, environmental responsibility and sustainable development
  • Develop sound working relationships based on trust

About you

  • Detailed (SME) knowledge of occupational health management processes and technologies, relevant industry standards (eg. ICMM) and regulatory requirements across the Australia, Colombian and South Africa jurisdictions
  • Sound knowledge of occupational injury and illness management
  • Experience in establishing group level wellness programs
  • Demonstrated ability to Influence decisions and performance at both the operational and management level through effective written and verbal communication
  • Ability to influence and gain the trust of an Executive leadership team
  • Track record in leading change initiatives in a diverse business setting
  • Flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing business needs and circumstances
  • Well-developed communication, interpersonal, negotiation and facilitation skills
  • Excellent skills in managing time, setting priorities, planning, and organizing
  • Strong internal and external customer service focus
  • Capable of working with minimal supervision and able to self-manage priorities
  • Specific work experience:
  • site based health position (min 3 years)
  • previous experience in a corporate/ group role
  • experience in the mining industry preferred
  • Requires detailed knowledge of key concepts, theories and practices related to the effective management of health-related risks.
  • Demonstrated experience in executing technical health related work
  • Participation in accident investigations with sound knowledge of the process involved
  • Sound report writing skills, including input into preparing reports for the Board.


  • Bachelor's degree (Health/ Science / Engineering / Similar)

Our benefits

  • Competitive Salaries
  • Industry leading parental leave and family care policy
  • Free onsite fitness classes
  • Education and career development
  • Participation in the Employee Share Plan
  • Incentive bonuses
  • Additional employer superannuation contributions which depend on the level of employee contributions you choose.


This role has the option to be based at our Perth or South Africa office.

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.

Please note applications close 19th May 2022


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. 

Our commodities can be found in nearly every aspect of our lives. They power our homes, start our cars, build our roads, bridges, skyscrapers and hospitals and even make our coins and jewelry.

We invest in exploration activities inside and outside of our portfolio, helping us to keep growing and diversifying. Our exploration activities are carefully selected to have a high chance of success and are spread around the world, including places we have not operated in before. 

We attract people with exceptional skills, who share our values and want to make a difference with the work they do. As part of our team, you will be brave enough to challenge yourself to be the best in what you do. We will help you stretch your capabilities, challenging you to constantly seek better ways to do things and taking advantage of every opportunity to let your career flourish.

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