Superintendent Port and Logistics

Location: Townsville Qld Posted Date: July 1, 2020
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Employer Job Id: 571707010 Careermine Job Id: 1845374
About South32

We are a globally diversified mining and metals company with operations in Australia, South Africa and South America. Headquartered in Perth, Western Australia, our purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people's lives now and for generations to come.

Our people are central to our success and demonstrate our determination to be a best-in-class operator. We aspire to be an inclusive organisation, where our workforce reflects the broader demographic of the countries and communities where we operate.

Cannington is one of the world's largest and lowest-cost producers of silver and lead. Located in northwest Queensland, Cannington boasts an underground mine and processing facility situated approximately 800 kilometres west of Townsville, a rail loadout facility near Cloncurry, and a concentrate handling facility at the Port of Townsville.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Port & Operation Services Manager, the role of Superintendent Port and Logistics is to ensure that concentrate is received, transported, stored, and loaded in a safe and efficient manner so as not to compromise our license to operate parameters. Responsibilities span: Cannington storage shed, concentrate trucking from Cannington and third-party sites to Yurbi (Cannington's rail loadout facility); Yurbi; rail; Cannington's Port of Townsville facility; and concentrate deliveries to local customers.


  • Maintain personal conduct in line with company health, safety and environmental policies, and coaches others, including participation in Risk Assessments, Root Cause Analysis (RCA), and incident investigations.
  • Actively participate in creating a workplace which is free from harassment, discrimination and victimisation by taking a proactive role in the setting and maintaining of appropriate standards of behaviour.
  • Lead owner-operator port team. Responsible for all aspects of port operations including: safety; in-loading, concentrate storage, and out-loading operations; maintenance; environmental compliance; water management; and improvement projects.
  • Contractor management for: road and rail haulage; Yurbi management; concentrate sampling; third party product handling; cement/zinc back haulage; berth security; Port of Townsville; and draft survey.
  • Establish and review asset management strategy to improve reliability of the operation (Port & Yurbi).
  • Lead logistics planning to meet sales commitments
  • Lead third party product handling operation
  • Key contact for South32 Marketing
  • Lead development of long-term logistics strategy
  • Liaise with Port of Townsville, port community, and other key stakeholders
  • Ensuring environmental compliance and improvement for logistics and port operations (License to Operate)
  • Contract management / vendor performance management
  • Participation in contract negotiation
  • Participate in Townsville community engagement
  • Toolebuc Road maintenance including liaising with McKinlay Shire Council
  • Review and monitor the permit to work system
  • Implement and maintain systems that ensure a safe logistics and port environment
  • Implementing incremental continuous improvements for responsible areas
  • Risk management including implementation of risk mitigation and contingency plans
  • Responsible for budgeting and monitoring of financial and safety performance
  • Personnel management (ensuring all training & competencies are up to date, succession planning, retention and career progression & recruitment of permanent and temporary staff)

About you

  • A relevant Tertiary Qualification is preferred along with sound experience within an Operating / Logistics environment at Management / Supervisory level.
  • A strong understanding of production / logistics systems with some exposure to process improvement.
  • Ability to lead strategic planning
  • Strong contract management and negotiation skills
  • Good communication skills for key stakeholder engagement (internal & external)
  • Predominantly process driven with an ability to address short term issues
  • Good analytical and numerate skills
  • Ability to influence and interact with key stakeholders
  • Advanced Microsoft application skills
  • Good interpersonal skills

What we offer you

  • Industry leading parental leave and family care policy
  • Superannuation Matching contributions
  • Participation in the Employee Share Plan
  • Competitive salaries


Based at South32's port facility in Townsville with a requirement to travel to Cannington and Cloncurry on a semi-regular basis.

South32 embraces diversity and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds.