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Superintendent - Metallurgy

Newcrest Mining
Lihir Operations, Papua New Guinea
Closing date
Aug 2, 2022

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Mill & Metallurgy, Supervisory
Work Term
Work Load
Full Time
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The Company

Newcrest is one of the world's largest gold mining companies. As a global business, they aim to create a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone feels safe, valued and supported to bring their whole unique self to work.

At Newcrest, they hold core values that focus on caring about people, working together and achieving a high-performance culture through innovation and problem-solving.

The Role

We are seeking Superintendent Metallurgy to work at the Lihir Gold Limited operation in Papua New Guinea and to reside residentially on the project. You will hold exceptional operational and technical experience across both the Back end and Front end of a conventional gold carbon in leaching process and HPAL (ideal). The successful applicant plan, lead and manage the Metallurgy department, ensuring all safety and production targets are met and continuous improvement is achieved through research and development and investigating and implementing improvement opportunities. You will be an expert in Gold Milling and Flotation and highly desirable operational and technical exposure to Autoclave gold processing will be looked upon favourably. Senior Metallurgist's across Gold with Superintendent level experience in the above areas are encouraged to apply also.

Additional scope of your role will cover

  • Drives and influences proactive safety behaviours within workgroups through visible leadership.
  • Ensures all personnel, visitors and contractors comply with site and contractual HSE requirements and hold people accountable for adherence.
  • Plans work so that it can be conducted safely, considers environmental conditions, nearby activities, people and other resources needed to complete the work.

  • Develops team members through regular feedback, coaching and formal training.
  • Make appropriate decisions in line with best work practices and Newcrest values.
  • Manages a diverse work team with effective management skills/techniques.
  • Takes an active role in promoting the training and development of national and Lihirian staff.
  • Creates opportunities for people to work together to enable them to contribute to the business and learn from each other.

  • Monitors metallurgical systems and business processes, identifies and prioritises improvement opportunities.
  • Develops continuous improvement targets for the function, drives and measures achievement of these targets.
  • Organises the work of the team to ensure all functions and services are provided efficiently.
  • Improves financial return of concentrate production through improvements in controls for marketing (concentrate quality and recoveries) and cost control strategies.
  • Ensures accurate reporting of production activities.
  • Oversees the metallurgical research and development program ensuring new and innovative ideas are capitalised for maximum benefit.

  • Delivers work within approved budget managing any variances in accordance with escalation process.
  • Actively seeks cost reduction opportunities.
  • Identify and drive improvements to cost control, performance reporting & analysis through cost review meetings, benchmarking and implementation of latest technologies to streamline where possible.

Qualifications, technical competencies and required knowledge and experience includes
  • Tertiary Bachelor Degree in Mineral Processing Essential with accreditation from the Institute of Engineers PNG Inc. to be completed as part of work permit process.
  • Certificate in Workplace Assessment and Training or similar desirable.
  • 10+ years relevant work experience essential in mineral processing, including at least 5 years in a senior supervisory capacity in large-scale hydrometallurgical processing complex.
  • Experience with autoclaves and / or high-pressure acid leach (HPAL) plant desirable.
  • Experience with Carbon in leach technologies.
  • Understanding of Allen Bradley Process control systems (desirable).
  • Takes personal responsibility to develop team members through constructive feedback, allocation of assignments / projects, coaching and formal training to build capability & competence.
  • Works in accordance with PNG Mine Safety Act, Newcrest Safety System, Safety Policies and Procedures and Newcrest Environment policies and all departmental operating procedures.
  • Previous experience working in a remote location in a developing country advantageous, but not essential.
  • Proven ability to lead and mentor a large group of reports, while demonstrating effective personal behaviours.
  • Develops & implements mid to long-term departmental plans, changes and initiatives to achieve overall business goals by providing positive leadership, direction & guidance within the department and wider organisation.
  • Reviews departmental financial data & results to assess performance and identify opportunities for maximising results, reducing risk and implementing cost management initiatives.
  • Continually seeks to understand key market drivers and emerging trends (e.g., economical, technology, competition, pricing, stakeholder needs, cultural, political and legal factors associated with the industry, sector, country & region).

Mobilisation Requirements
  • This is a residential based role at Lihir Gold Limited in PNG.
  • Ability to provide/obtain valid police clearance
  • Ability to successfully complete a pre-employment medical assessment

The Rewards

This position gives you the opportunity to be a part of one of the world's largest and most technically challenging gold deposits across Australasia.

Contact Us

Newcrest's commitment to diversity and inclusion respects both the rights of every individual to work to their highest potential, free of discrimination, as well as the cultures, religions and governing codes applicable to each country in which we operate.

If you share these values and feel that you could make a meaningful difference in this role, please apply online before the advertised application closing date, preferably as a Microsoft Word document.

Only successful applicants will be contacted.


Newcrest is the largest gold producer listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and one of the world's largest gold mining companies.

At Newcrest we’re known for our strong technical capabilities in exploration, deep underground block caving and metallurgical processing skills. We're committed to creating a work environment where everyone can go home safe and healthy every day, and where everyone actively contributes to this outcome; operating and developing mines in line with strong environmental, social and governance practices; developing a diverse workforce; and developing and maintaining strong relationships with our communities and governments.

In 2017, we joined the International Council on Mining and Metals, an international organisation that brings together 25 mining and metals companies and over 30 regional and commodities associations dedicated to a safe, fair and sustainable mining and metals industry, and serving as a catalyst for change to enhance mining’s contribution to society.

Our Code of ConductCorporate governance framework and a comprehensive suite of company policies protect against illegal and inappropriate behaviours, such as fraud, bribery, corruption, discrimination and bullying, and articulate our position on safety, health, human rights, environment, communities, security and diversity and inclusion.

Diversity and inclusion are essential parts of Newcrest’s vision, values and company culture. Our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2021-2025 to learn more about how we are building a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone feels safe, valued and supported to bring their whole unique self to work.

Our headquarters are in Melbourne, Australia with operating mines in Australia, Canada and Papua New Guinea.

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