Manager - Tailings Impoundment Area

Red Chris Mine, Canada
Jun 22, 2022
Jun 24, 2022
Full Time
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Newcrest is one of the world's largest gold mining companies. As a global business, we aim to create a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone feels safe, valued, and supported to bring their whole unique self to work.

We recognise that our different backgrounds and perspectives help us find better ways to: solve problems; attract and retain the best people; explore, develop, and produce more gold safely and profitably; and help make Newcrest a better place to work.

Our Red Chris mine is located on the traditional territory of the Tahltan and we encourage qualified applicants from the local communities to apply. We offer several designated marshalling points within BC including Nanaimo, Vancouver, Kelowna, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Prince George, Smithers, and Calgary, AB.

Purpose of the Role:

The Manager - Tailings Impoundment Area is accountable for the safe construction, management and operation of the Red Chris tailings facility, operational water balance and related infrastructure. The role responsible for defining and coordinating engineering and operational studies to optimise and de-risk annul and life of mine tailings facility design, execution and operation to minimise risks to current and future processing operations, ground water regime, downstream environment and communities.

We are seeking an individual for a Fly In, Fly Out opportunity working on a two weeks in, two weeks out rotation.


Accountable for dam optimisation studies, construction, operating and maintaining the Red Chris Tailings Facility in alignment with Newcrest corporate standards and the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM 2020). Key responsibilities and deliverables include:
  • Development and execution of a life of mine tailings and water management strategy to support the needs of the business
  • Accountability for the integrity and safe operation of the tailings facility and all associated infrastructure.
  • Ensuring the safe and environmentally sensitive operation and execution of all works at and downstream of the Red Chris tailings facility in compliance with the site operational permits, corporate governance and legal obligations.
  • Delivering project objectives and obligations through effectively managing and coordinating a team of technical specialists engaged in the design, execution, management and maintaining of the Red Chris tailings facility, tailings deposition, operational water balance and infrastructure.
  • Collaborating with the Design Engineer and Engineer of Record in the definition of the embankment designs, annual work plan, construction estimates, budgets, and schedules for all TSF related construction and operational activities.
  • Implementing a change management system to evaluate, review, approve and document changes to design, construction, operations or monitoring during the tailings lifecycle in compliance with the Change Management Standard, and incorporating the Deviance Accountability Report prepared by the EOR.
  • Engaging proactively with the Independent Technical Review Panel to facilitate meetings, respond to information requests, close review actions, define and pursue design, construction and operational improvement opportunities.
  • Ensuing the availability of sufficient within specification materials for annualand life of mine tailings facility construction and work plans.
  • Identifying and managing construction and operational risks associated with tailings, supernatant and ground water.
  • Ensuring safe and effective management of contractors and consultants to define cost effective technical and practical solutions that are applicable to all aspects of facility construction, risk management and optimisation.
  • Actively managing costs and cost commitments during study and construction programme execution.
  • Quality control and assurance processes for construction and operation of the tailings and associated water facilities
  • Owning and maintaining the tailings deposition, supernatant and groundwater management plans.
  • Ensuring process return water is effectively managed within the defined volume and quality requirements.
  • Establishing and maintaining operational and emergency management plans, training, redundancy and support mechanisms.
  • Defining and pursuing the studies and work programmes required to improve construction efficiencies and successfully transition from mechanical to hydraulic placement of sand for embankment construction.
  • Implement and maintain tailings facility specific ground water and operational water balance and solute models.
  • Preparing and updating annually an Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (EPRP), and ensuring practice drills involving affected communities and relevant authorities are completed to demonstrate effectiveness.
  • Ensuring dam safety inspections and dam safety reviews are completed.
  • Developing the annual TSF Operations Update Report.
  • Leading internal and external team update process / meetings, leadership briefings and regulatory reports.

Qualifications & Experience:
  • Experience in Tailings Storage Facility management and construction to design
  • Demonstrated experience in cyclone sand construction methodologies
  • Prior experience working with the dam types or similar dam types present on site either as engineer, resident engineer, or construction manager
  • Competent under the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management and eligible for designation as the Responsible Tailings Facility Engineer
  • Working knowledge of local jurisdictional requirements including regulatory, social, and environmental issuesKnowledge of industry standards and best practices from ANCOLD, CDA, MAC or ICOLD guidelines.
  • At least 10 years of professional experience working in tailings facility construction, with a minimum of 2 years in a management capacity

Our commitment to you:

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

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 our values and feel that you could make a meaningful difference in this role, please apply online before the advertised application closing date.