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Senior - Plant Metallurgist

Newcrest Mining
Cadia Valley Operations, Australia
Closing date
Dec 4, 2023

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Mill & Metallurgy
Work Term
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Full Time

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Discover what's possible with us

It's an exciting time to be a part of Newcrest's growth journey as we expand our operations both locally and abroad. At Cadia you will play a part in the expansion of our Tier 1 operation, developing Cadia into one of the largest, safest, most cost effective and technologically advanced block caving mines in the world.

Operations near and far

Cadia Operations is located in Central Western New South Wales, approximately 25 kms outside the vibrant regional township of Orange and a convenient three hours from the capital city of Sydney. Employees reside in varied accommodation options in and around the district of Orange with the surrounding area's occupied by winery's, stone fruit orchards, farming and national parks.

Employees have access to the area's wide range of amenities, including a prominent health sector with a modern well-equipped regional hospital, excellent educational facilities, shopping, large selection of sport and recreation options, transport and other services such as childcare.

Who we're looking for

We are currently seeking a Senior Plant Metallurgist to join our Ore Processing department on a permanent basis. Reporting to the Specialist Plant Metallurgist, you will join an energetic team of Plant Metallurgists where you will focus on improving the metallurgical and operational performance of the Cadia flotation circuits. As the Senior Plant Metallurgist you will provide technical support and coaching to the Plant Metallurgists in addition to direct supervision of the Metallurgy gradates. Key to success will be your ability to maintain a safety behaviour and cost commitment consistent with the Newcrest values.

This permanent, site-based position may be offered for either a Monday- Friday 5 day roster, or 9 day fortnightly roster

Key responsibilities include:
  • Develops a detailed understanding of the process flow sheet and operation of the Cadia concentrators.
  • Sound knowledge of minerals processing and gold extraction processing to enable the provision of metallurgical technical support to the Plant Metallurgy team members.
  • Run daily and weekly Metallurgy production meetings, in rotation with the Specialist Plant Metallurgist
  • Supervision of Plant Metallurgy graduates and accountability for graduate and vacation student onboarding processes and performance
  • Identification, initiation and rapid implementation of improvement opportunities, actively seeking opportunities for increased free cash flow and reduced costs.
  • An active involvement in processing plant commissioning tasks, providing robust product for the operating team and delivering on expected performance gains.
  • Assist with planning & delivery of budget revenue by meeting or exceeding gold and copper production targets.
  • Assist with minimising CVO Ore Treatment cost base by strategically minimising media and reagent consumption.

About You

Our ideal candidate will have-
  • A strong commitment to safety
  • Degree in Metallurgy, Mineral Processing or Chemical Engineering
  • Proven experience in mineral processing operations
  • Ability to engage. mentor and motivate colleagues and teams
  • Strong communication skills
  • Attention to detail, problem solving and trouble shooting ability
  • A commitment and passion for continuous improvement

Our commitment to you

Look around and you'll discover opportunities to explore different pathways. Supported by development programs and guided by our leaders, you'll learn and grow in your time with us.

Keeping our people safe and healthy is our most important asset. Our commitment to safety, health and wellbeing is supported by systems and standards that embed our safety culture.

At this stage, we are not accepting any external agency CVs for the opportunity



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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