Senior Tailings Management Engineer

VNL, Canada
Dec 30, 2021
Jan 15, 2022
Full Time
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 open-pit mine and concentrator in Voisey’s Bay - Vale’s only fly-in/fly-out operation in Canada - produces nickel-cobalt-copper concentrate and copper concentrate. An underground expansion will see a transition to a leading edge underground mine extending the life of the mine until 2034. Our state-of the-art facility in Long Harbour is the first nickel processing plant in the world to use hydrometallurgy technology to produce Plating RoundsTM from hard rock (sulphide) concentrate, with low carbon footprint compared to traditional smelter technology. Our offices in St. John’s and Goose Bay provide support to the Newfoundland and Labrador Operations.

The Opportunity

We are currently seeking a Senior Tailings Management Engineer to join our North Atlantic Tailings & Dams team.

This permanent position is based at the Voisey’s Bay mine site in Labrador, a fly-in fly-out operation. This position is on a two week on, two week off rotation .

Reporting to the Tailings & Dams Manager, the Senior Tailings Management Engineer will take on the role of the Responsible Tailings Facility Engineer (RTFE) and is accountable for the integrity of the tailings facility by performing the scope of work for key aspects of tailings and pond management, with a focus in process safety for the operation, surveillance, ongoing construction of tailings facilities, and liaising with the EoR, other internal teams and the Accountable Executive.

In this position, you will:
  • Review detailed Construction Records Report in collaboration with EoR during the construction phase of a tailings structure or when there is a material change to the tailings facility, its infrastructure or its monitoring system;​
  • Maintain construction and performance records, ensuring its appropriate control to make relevant and up-to-date information accessible;
  • Analyze monitoring and surveillance data, report on routine dam inspections, and approve recommendations for improvement of structure conditions;
  • Periodically review and update as required an Operations, Maintenance and Surveillance (OMS) Manual and performance reports that supports effective risk management
  • Support tailings and pond management Operations and maintain dam safety in accordance with specifications, performance indicators, limits, standards and procedures;
  • Implement and periodically review and update site-wide water management strategy;
  • Support with developing SOWs for FEL studies, Engineering Studies, DSI, DSRs, ITRBs;
  • Implement and maintain EPRP and system, prepare training materials, support testing programs;
  • Provide budgetary inputs to meet operational, research and development, and capital expenditure needs;
  • Update, review and monitor compliance to the tailings deposition plan;
  • Develop and maintain technical databases related to instrumentation, tailings deposition & management to monitor compliance to the tailings deposition plan.

About You:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Civil, Geotechnical or Environmental discipline).
    • Master of Science in Geotechnical Engineering would be considered an asset.
    • Professional Engineering Designation (P.Eng.) designation is required.
  • A minimum of 8 years geotechnical and tailings experience; including tailings storage facility design, construction, operations and closure of tailings and water storage facilities.
  • Experience with slope management; including dam analysis, tailings characterization and instrumentation technologies.
  • Knowledge of MAC, CDA, GISTM, ANCOLD, ICOLD or other guidance documents to manage tailings storage facility governance.
  • Strong focus on dam safety with the ability to lead teams in the application of critical thinking.
  • Ability to collaborate with multi-disciplinary project teams for the delivery of construction projects.
  • Proven ability to build relationships within the organization and with external stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Knowledge and experience using Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
  • Knowledge and experience in using Goldsim, AutoCAD and Slope stability software is an asset.

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 Vale 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.


Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their application online at or by forwarding their application to their Vale Aboriginal Employment Coordinator.

Deadline to Apply: Friday, December 10th, 2021