Principal - Mining Business Improvement

Lihir Operations, Papua New Guinea
Oct 13, 2021
Nov 12, 2021
Full Time
As part of forging a stronger Newcrest, we are committed to developing our people. We recognize that building capabilities and creating career opportunities across our business is not only important for our people, but it is critical to our success now and in the future. We are now seeking expression of interest from current Newcrest staff in the position of Principal - Mining Business Improvement at Lihir Gold Operations (LGO).

The Role:

We are seeking a Principal - Mining Business Improvement to lead the business improvement function in Mining Operations, to facilitate both continual and step change improvements of operational performance / revenue / cost position. This newly created position offers the opportunity to lead change and plan and implement sustainable strategies for future growth.

We are looking for a leader who can:
  • Lead the setting and review process of the Mine Operations business improvement stretch targets and priorities
  • Undertake routine analysis of mine operations value chain performance to identify high value improvement ideas which improve revenue and cost performance
  • Support initiative owners in the sustainable delivery of improvement initiatives
  • Lead the delivery of improvement initiatives as assigned by the Head of Mining
  • Lead continual improvements to the Mine Operations Management Operating System in line with the Newcrest MOS standard, including co-ordinating routine audits of the MOS and making recommendations to departments to continuously improve the Mine Operations MOS
  • Implement / maintain the benefits tracking systems, undertake audits of benefits realisation to make sure that high ROI is achieved for business improvement initiatives in Mine Operations
  • Coach the use of the Lihir Business Improvement toolkit, inclusive of Newcrest MOS practices, 6 Sigma, TOC, problem solving etc
  • Provide BI coaching and act as a mentor for site based BI specialists and change agents

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • Tertiary qualifications and / or training in business, economics, finance, commerce, engineering, sciences, law, arts, or an equivalent discipline
  • Post graduate qualifications in business studies or other business improvement methods, such as Six Sigma, PMBOK, Agile, Price, Lean, Shingo, highly desirable
  • 7-10+ years' experience with extensive knowledge and experience leading a broad range of business improvement methodologies within mining or heavy industry
  • Excellent conceptual, quantitative, and problem solving skills with the ability to analyse and interpret information across a range of activities in complex environments
  • Experience in a MBB / Tier 1 consulting firm highly regarded
  • Demonstrated experience leading a culture where safety and people come first
  • Demonstrated successful experience in managing and leading professionals within a mid to large organisation including management of a functional budget
  • Strong strategic and commercial acumen, and ability to clearly identify drivers of business value
  • Demonstrated knowledge in understanding the factors of and leading cultural change in teams and the wider organization
  • Ability to build constructive relationships and networks at all levels within the business
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, consider and manage risks associated with change
  • Experience working in a large scale, complex operation in a developing country

Mobilisation Requirements:
  • Initially work offsite during the work permit and visa process
  • FIFO to Lihir, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea
  • Ability to provide/obtain valid police clearance
  • Ability to successfully complete a pre-employment medical assessment

We encourage all employees interested in this role to discuss with their immediate Manager how the opportunity aligns with their career development plan before applying. Please ensure you submit a CV and Covering Letter via the Intranet before the advertised closing date.

Initial confidential inquiries about the role and/or selection process should be directed to Judy Wakefield by email at: