Manager, Control Systems and Instrumentation - South America

Vancouver, BC, CA
Closing date
Jun 13, 2022

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Newmont is the world's leading gold company and a producer of copper, silver, zinc and lead. The Company's world-class portfolio of assets, prospects and talent is anchored in favorable mining jurisdictions in North America, South America, Australia and Africa. Newmont is the only gold producer listed in the S&P 500 Index and is widely recognized for its principled environmental, social and governance practices. The Company is an industry leader in value creation, supported by robust safety standards, superior execution and technical proficiency. Newmont was founded in 1921 and has been publicly traded since 1925.

About this role

Technical Services provides global support to Newmont and its operating businesses across a range of specialized technical functions. Within Technical Services, the Fixed Plant Control Systems (FPC) team is responsible for maximising the availability, operability, and effectiveness of all fixed plant process automation systems across Newmont's mining and processing facilities globally.
The Regional Control Systems and Instrumentation function within the FPC team, is responsible for maintaining and improving the availability, health and integrity of the Fixed Plant Control System infrastructure across multiple sites in the South American region, to drive exceptional performance across Newmont's portfolio. It aims to ensure that Newmont's fixed plant control systems capabilities are a source of sustainable and considerable competitive advantage for Newmont.
This is a leadership role that draws on expertise as a people manager, strategic problem solver, project manager, communicator, technical authority, and data driven problem solver.
This position reports to the Senior Director - Fixed Plant Control Systems.

In this role you will

Safety and Health (always)
• Demonstrate proactive leadership in achieving a global Newmont culture of safety and health.
• Actively promote Newmont's safety standards and improvement initiatives at all times.
Operational Support (40%)
• Establish and lead a regional team of experienced professionals providing real time support, routine maintenance and continual improvements to maximise the availability, integrity and effectiveness of all fixed plant control systems within the region, ensuring operational teams can effectively deliver against forecasted production plans
• Co-develop and apply appropriate control system KPIs and templated operational intelligence dashboards to measure control system health and performance, and apply standardised continuous improvement practices for daily, weekly and monthly reviews
• Support site and corporate Full Potential leads to identify operational performance improvement opportunities, ensure they are incorporated into annual business plans, and partner with the central process control team to guarantee they delivered in accordance with these plans.
• Develop zero based operational and capital expenditure budgets to ensure operational support, technical refreshes and deployment of new technologies are appropriately planned and funded.
• Align priorities with global FPC projects and process control optimisation functions and engage with site and regional leadership and professionals to ensure continued delivery of value relating to technology investments.
Standardisation and Rapid Replication (30%)
• Develop, document and carry out a standardised enterprise-level FPC Management Operating System (MOS) to align processes, procedures and routine tasks across all sites / regions
• Implement and enforce a standardised enterprise-level change management procedure, ensuring that all control system changes are appropriately risk assessed, reviewed, approved and recorded in the company's central electronic Change Management System (CMS)
• Ensure all control system hardware and software modifications are undertaken in alignment with the company's global standards and specifications, and local statutory regulations / codes
• Interpret legislation, government standards and agreements. Provide recommendations/informed commentary, improvement opportunities and identify areas of risk to management
• Apply and enforce standards for data hierarchy and equipment templates to all fixed plant data historian systems within the region
• Create, document and communicate appropriate business cases for site management teams to increase the adoption of proven process control strategies, control system and operational intelligence platform standards, and sophisticated instrumentation technologies.
• Provide collaboration and appropriate support to other site and regional Control Systems teams, and central FPC teams, to execute, document and communicate trials of emerging technology, and assist them to replicate success across the broader business.
• Actively participate in targeted Communities of Practice within Newmont to share standard methodology.

Additional responsibilities

Contract Management (10%)
• Engage with control system vendors, contractors and consultants to ensure a high level of commitment and support to maintaining and improving their product offerings.
• Assist site management in holding technology and application business partners accountable to their commitments.
• Represent the Fixed Plant Control Systems Team in managing global umbrella agreements with key vendors as required. This activity includes regular monitoring of contract performance, collaborating closely with regions and sites to ensure they understand and capitalize on contract provisions, providing a dispute escalation and resolution process, and supporting Supply Chain in contract negotiation processes.
Mentoring, Development and Talent Management (20%)
• Implement global talent management strategy and formal development plans for all team members.
• Facilitate successful work environment across multiple site locations.
• Provide training, coaching and support to site leads and/or individuals team members as the need arises.
• Develop and nurture control systems and instrumentation talent pipeline within the region through the establishment and support of formal mentoring programs

The above duties and responsibilities are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Your training, skills & experience checklist

• Tertiary Qualification in control systems engineering, or related field
• Knowledge of industry standard methodologies for industrial control systems
• Minimum 10 years' experience working with control systems in any related industry
• Minimum 5 years' experience leading teams and/or delivering projects
• Significant and demonstrable experience in at least two of the following systems
• Rockwell Control / Compact Logix PLC's
• Yokogawa CENTUM VP DCS
• Emerson DeltaV DCS
• Rockwell FactoryTalk SCADA systems
• Significant exposure and understanding of industrial Ethernet networks and ICS communications protocols including Modbus TCP/IP, OPC, Profibus etc.
• Significant exposure to IT/OT fundamentals including virtual server installations, database management, active directory management, cyber-security,
• Experience developing and delivering analytical tools and processes that improve Control System performance, reliability and safety, reducing operating costs and enhancing return on assets
• Experience in applying data insights and analysis to drive key business and improvement decisions
• Experience with change, communication and knowledge management methodologies
• Experience in gold processing preferred but not crucial
• ERP system experience desirable
Skills and Abilities:
• Strong understanding of control system design, installation, maintenance, and lifecycle management practices.
• Solid understanding of control theory, process optimisation, and control strategy design.
• Strong communication and facilitation skills across all organizational levels.
• Working knowledge of key control systems highly regarded: Allen-Bradley Rockwell PLCs; Yokogawa Centum VP DCS; Emerson Delta-V DCS; Rockwell Factory Talk View SCADA.
• Able to rapidly understand and communicate complex control system performance challenges and solutions.
• Capable of adapting to and effectively implementing change.
• Demonstrated initiative with a focus towards identifying and solving advanced problems and the ability to make appropriate decisions.
• Assertive, self-motivated and able to build collaborative and productive professional relationships across sites and regions.
• Strong communication and negotiation skills.
• Effective people management, training and mentoring skills.
• Advanced computer competency and experienced in use of applications including Microsoft Project and Microsoft Office.

Working conditions & location

The position is required to travel regularly between sites located in Mexico, Peru and Argentina, and the corporate and regional offices in the United States.
The position is predominantly site based though work conditions vary with fly-in, fly-out roster and sometimes working remotely from home.
Locations of work may include: Penasquito Gold Mine in Mexico, Yanacocha Gold Mine in Peru and Cerro Negro Gold Mine in Argentina
Corporate Office, Denver, Colorado, United States.
South American Regional Office, Miami, Florida, United States and/or working from home.
The position is considered remote and qualified candidates in proximity to one of our offices or operations are encouraged to apply.
The role may occasionally require international travel to other Newmont sites.

Please enter Job Number 24061 to submit your online application ( ).
Please ensure that you attach your resume as part of your online application. At this time, we are not accepting candidates referred by recruitment agencies.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Consistent with Newmont's values of safety and responsibility, we believe that COVID-19 vaccination is a critical tool to fight this pandemic and protect the health and safety of Newmont's workforce and the communities in which we work and live. Accordingly, if you receive an offer of employment for this position, you will be required to provide a declaration confirming that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, prior to your anticipated start date. Further, i f you receive an offer of employment for this position, you may also be required to provide proof of vaccination prior to your anticipated start date, or at a later date upon Newmont's request. Newmont will consider individual requests for exemption/reasonable accommodation by applicants who cannot be fully vaccinated due to medical reasons or other grounds protected by applicable human rights law. Newmont may update its vaccination policies/requirements at any time in its sole discretion.
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