Construction Manager

Tasiast, Inchiri Region, Mauritania
Aug 05, 2022
Sep 04, 2022
Full Time
Based in Mauritania, Kinross Tasiast is set to become one of the great gold finds of our generation. It is the first mine in a highly prospective greenstone belt, located within an extensive gold system that is largely underexplored.

Job Description

Reporting to the Project Director, the role is responsible for the full construction life cycle for the Mill Optimization at the Tasiast site in Mauritania from the setup activities prior to mobilization of the contractors to site through demobilization and closeout.
The project is a brownfield upgrade and debottlenecking of the existing processing plant facility. The work will include replacement with upgrades to process equipment, modification or refurbishment to resolve operational concerns, and construction of a new cyclone tower. The execution strategy is based on Engineering contracted to Wood South Africa with Procurement, Project and Construction Management being performed directly by Kinross

The Site and Construction Manager will support the Project Director in areas of overall Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE), construction progress, and quality of work oversight while respecting budget and schedule project objectives. A large portion of the typical construction indirect activities are leveraged with the existing mine operations and/or regional functions. The Site and Construction Manager will provide special focus and be responsible for direct interfacing and alignment with Kinross Operations and Regional Management in areas of security, local labor-management (Industrial Relations), operations camp usage interface, transportation, people mobility, and all other site non-construction matters.
The candidate will need to work closely with the site General Manager and especially the site Process Plant Manager to coordinate with the ongoing sustaining capital program and with scheduled downtime to minimize the impact on mine production related to interconnections.
Strategically, the role requires the Site and Construction Manager to establish the required relationships within Kinross Project Team, Kinross Operations, Kinross Regional Management, Site Contractors, and third parties to ensure successful project execution on site.

Job Responsibilities

  • Ensure EH&S corporate objectives are embodied in project design and development activities.
  • Ensure that all supporting site indirect contracts and services are awarded in time to support project execution.
  • Ensure appropriate and qualified personnel are in place and organized in an efficient and effective manner to execute the project.
  • Ensure a proper development and realistic assessment is done to project baselines which will be used to control the project (scope, capital costs, schedule)
  • Establish capital budgets for the area of responsibility and ensure that they are consistent with Kinross' established financial guidelines and business planning process and project activities.
  • Ensure that appropriate systems are in place to control and accurately manage scope, quality, cost, and schedule.
  • Work with Operations Management and Functional Heads to align on local labor-management (Industrial Relations), operations camp usage interface, transportation, people mobility and all other site non-construction matters
  • Work with Regional and Operations Management to collaboratively manage the project indirects in an effective manner that benefits Kinross.
  • Work with Regional and Site Management to ensure that the operations supplied commodities (fuel, waste, water, power etc.), resources and other services are aligned with the project needs.
  • Work with Operations Management to coordinate and schedule shutdowns, tie ins and general access as required by construction in the operating plant
  • Work with the regional Kinross Security team to ensure the project aligns itself with all Kinross regional security policies and procedures.
  • Hold monthly/weekly progress/feedback meetings in all areas of responsibility and provide input into the monthly project report.
  • Ensure forecasting to Regional management, operational management, and project management for manpower mobilization - demobilization, electrical loads, fuel, waste, security requirements, off-site transportation, forecast are provided to Operations in a timely manner.
  • Lead the continuous development of a Safety and Sustainable Development culture so it becomes a driver of behaviors for the Project team (including contractors and consultants)
  • Manage to the baselines developed for the project and when obstacles occur promptly employ mitigation measures to minimize impacts

Reporting and Communication

Establish communications systems and procedures between project implementation personnel, site operations, senior management, Kinross Operations and Kinross Regional Management to ensure site mobilization and demobilization as well as cost and progress status are communicated in a timely, consistent and accurate manner and the problem areas identified pro-actively to allow their timely resolution.

Work Location

During the project construction phase of the project - on-site in Tasiast, Mauritania

Education and Experience

  • University degree (Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical or Civil Engineering preferred) or Engineering designation or equivalent work experience

  • 15+ years of experience in construction supervision and related areas of site management, security, transportation, people mobility and project
  • Previous experience in successfully managing significant and complex construction/ mining projects
  • Overseas work experience (working and living abroad)
  • Experience in supervising or mentoring technical employeesLanguage skills in English as well as French and/or Arabic is considered an asset.
  • Must have prior experience in site management both in early works and execution phases (through to commissioning and demobilization)

Kinross is a Canadian-based gold mining company with mines and projects in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Chile, Russia, Ghana and Mauritania, employing approximately 9,300 people worldwide. Our core purpose is to lead the world in generating value through responsible mining.