Superintendent, Project & Shutdown Management

Ontario, Canada
Apr 01, 2021
Apr 10, 2021
Full Time
Who We Are

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Who We Are

Welcome to Vale in Canada. As a leader in the mining industry, our responsibility is to positively impact our people, communities and the environment. We value our workforce and offer continuous training and career development opportunities for our people.

Vale is a global leader in the production of iron ore and one of the largest producers of nickel. Active in Canada for over 100 years, Vale employs nearly 6,000 people across our corporate office in Toronto and sites in Manitoba, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador. Applying the latest technologies to sustainably produce nickel, copper, cobalt, platinum group metals, gold and silver is at the heart of what we do.

With our global headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and approximately 125,000 employees in over 30 countries, Vale is constantly growing and changing. We invite you to be part of our evolution.

Our Sudbury Operations have been in existence for more than 100 years. With five mines, a mill, a smelter, a refinery and nearly 4,000 employees it is also one of the largest integrated mining complexes in the world. Sudbury is also home to several administrative sites serving both the Ontario Operations as well as all our North Atlantic Operations.

Our Team

The Projects and Shutdown team is integral to Vale’s operating strategy. Members of this team work within exiting operations to ensure capital and operating projects and FEL studies are safely executed within budget and schedule. Team members are involved in pre-construction PHRs, contractor oversight in the field and project performance tracking and forecasting.

The Opportunity

We are currently seeking a Superintendent, Project & Shutdown Management, to join our Creighton Operations in Sudbury, Ontario. This is a permanent position.

As a Superintendent, Project & Shutdown Management, you will be accountable for providing project and shutdown management for his/her defined area of accountability. Project complexity will be typically limited to projects below $30M pa. in spend. The projects portfolio will include managing projects from FEL 1 studies in conjunction with Engineering and Studies team through to detail management from FEL 3 onwards through to project close out. You will provide leadership guidance to project leads in applying the project management framework in a streamline and effective manner. Shutdowns are to be led by this team in partnership with respective operations to ensure efficient and safe execution of scope, schedule, budget and quality. Additionally, in this position you will:

  • Lead the management of a portfolio of approved Capital, Operating, and Period/Shutdown projects including related commissioning/ops readiness
  • Lead and Develop Project Leads, Project Engineer(s), Project Controls Coordinator(s) in line with optimized project and shutdown processes.
  • Coordinate communication of contractor usage internally with impacted unions

  • Audit the PHRs, JHAs, Lift Plans and other safety documents related to the Projects within the portfolio for quality and adherence to standards
  • Audit External Service Provider Safety Plan for quality and adherence to standards
  • Audit worksite periodically for adherence to Safety Plan and Vale Standards
  • Manage the creations and resolution of I.M.s for incidents, conditions and near-misses that occur within the projects
  • Manage the Notice of Project application process.
  • Develop the Shutdown Safety Strategy in concert with the Safety Department

  • Lead, organize and coordinate the scoping, planning and execution of all work occurring during the site Shutdown (Planned Maintenance Period)
  • Determine the Project Lead requirements to successfully manage the portfolio of projects/shutdowns in area of responsibility
  • Manage the provision of construction coordination for Capital and Operating projects by the Project Leads
  • Plan and coordinate internal and external resources required to manage contracts and contractors (i.e. internal resources – with Vale Supervisors; external resources – with contractors)
  • Manage the development of scopes of work for non-continuous Project or Shutdown specific contract requirements
  • Responsible for the development of project charters

  • Coordinate and resolve the integration of Project/Shutdown work into the Site’s Major Events Schedule with support from peers (Integrated Planning Superintendent and Site Superintendents)
  • With support from Project leads ensure adequate representation occurs during the Site Integrated Planning & Shutdown meetings
  • Lead the Shutdown readiness meetings for areas of accountability.
  • Where necessary design and present for approval the shutdown (temporary) organization to the operations management team. This will include nominating adequate leadership coverage during the shutdown to be successful

  • Perform contractor audits for quality, qualifications, compliance, invoice auditing
  • Access, analyze, understand and make recommendations regarding plant project and shutdown budget and contract spend information
  • Audit end states for quality assurance and operational readiness.
  • Review and approving scopes of work presented by project leads prior to commercial tenders.

  • Collaborate closely with Service Procurement Group while managing requisitions and performing Technical and Commercial Evaluations
  • With support from Manager and peers perform service demand planning of project and shutdown contracts
  • Provide guidance on cost management including budgets, forecast and accruals
  • Verify that the Contract Management Office is providing appropriate service during contract scope development and demand planning
  • Manage the preparation and monitoring of fund request packages (AFE/APC) and follow asset capitalization process with support from other groups as required

About You
  • The ideal candidate possesses a Professional Engineer Designation, who is eligible to register as a licensed Professional Engineer with Professional Engineers of Ontario.
  • The ideal candidate will be a designated Project Management Professional (P.M.P)
  • Candidates with suitable experience and an engineering technology diploma may also be considered.
  • A minimum of 8 -10 years demonstrated ability in a Project Management related role
  • Previous Supervisory/line leadership experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of VPS Technical, project management principles and strategies and strong project management skills
  • Maintenance supervision, project implementation, and engineering knowledge
  • Strong leadership, coaching, and interpersonal skills
  • Must have strong organization and time leadership skills
  • High initiative and is able to self-direct to accomplish goals with minimum supervision
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Solid financial knowledge to make business cases and decisions
  • Computer proficiency with Microsoft Office products

How can Vale grow your career?

The Superintendent, Project & Shutdown Management, will allow the right candidate will manage projects below $30M pa. from FEL 1 studies in conjunction with Engineering and Studies team through to detail management from FEL 3 onwards through to project close out. Additionally, Vale Canada offers a series of benefits including:
  • Competitive salary
  • Participation in our Employee Family Assistance Program
  • Online leadership training opportunities
  • Opportunities to advise and oversee the design, budget and construction of new mines and expansions

Difference Makes All the Difference

At Vale, we are committed to ensuring an inclusive work environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. Vale encourages everyone to express their ideas and opinions and values the plurality of individual profiles. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome – they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or any other personal consideration that makes us different.

Vale is an equal opportunity employer seeking to increase diversity across our operations and improve equal opportunity at Vale and in the mining industry.


Deadline to Apply: April 9, 2021