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General Manager

Date: 29-Apr-2021

Location: Collie, WA, AU, 6225

Company: South32 Group Operations Pty. Ltd.

About South32


South32 is a globally diversified mining and metals company. We produce bauxite, alumina, aluminium, energy and metallurgical coal, manganese, nickel, silver, lead and zinc at our operations in Australia, Southern Africa and South America.

We are also the owner of a high-grade zinc, lead and silver development option in North America and have several partnerships with junior explorers with a focus on base metals.


Our purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people’s lives now and for generations to come.

We are trusted by our owners and partners to realise the potential of their resources.


Worsley Alumina is one of the largest and lowest-cost bauxite mining and alumina refining operations in the world. Worsley manages a bauxite mine, alumina refinery and port operations in Western Australia’s South West.


The Opportunity


Reporting to the Vice President of Operations -Worsley Alumina, the purpose of the role is to set direction for the Mine Planning, Production, Maintenance and Statutory/ Compliance departments across Boddington Mine, Overland Bauxite Conveyor (OBC) and Bauxite Residue Dams (BRDAs) to ensure delivery against performance targets for safety, production and unit costs. As part of the Worsley Mine and Materials Leadership Team, this is a pivotal role that will drive the Worsley Alumina operation to become the World’s leading Alumina producer.




  • Establish strong relationships and drive performance to optimize the mine – refinery interface to contribute to the overall business goal
  • Develop business cases and strategies for submission to the South32 Leadership team (e.g. board papers, operational performance reports and presentation packs)
  • Accountable for developing the mine plan and strategic maintenance plans for key infrastructure in line with the business wide asset management strategy 
  • Set the strategy and lead the development of the Mine and Materials Business Plan
  • Accountable for setting, optimizing and delivering the 2-year operating budget valued at ~AUD$350million
  • Oversee the statutory and legal obligations in relation to compliance, material risk, health and safety
  • Lead and approve the strategic and tactical production and maintenance plans to optimise operational capacity and productivity
  • Develop strategies and manage the implementation of improvement plans that deliver benefits across the value chain and result in overall benchmark performance on volumes, unit costs, capital efficiencies, operational capacity, productivity and maximized use of working capital
  • Develop, maintain and lead effective relationships with governments, community, major contractors, unions and other external stakeholders to influence positive business outcomes
  • Maintain Mine and Materials site ‘license to operate’ within statutory requirements and consent conditions
  • Create strategy for capital investments for approval by the Chief Operating Officer
  • Make key long-term mining and infrastructure/asset management decisions that determine the future viability and delivery of the Worsley Alumina vision.


About you


  • Demonstrated deep knowledge and experience related to effective management of geographically dispersed teams
  • Demonstrated ability to lead change including decision-making that has transformed an Operation
  • Substantial experience in a management role for the heavy industry. Any experience in Open Cut Mining is preferred but not essential
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute, influence and make decisions within multi-functional teams
  • Demonstrated ability to select, develop, coach and mentor employees resulting in improved inclusion, engagement, diversity and organisational capability
  • Ability to effectively communicate and influence across various levels of the business, written and oral
  • Experienced professional that has that has guided, developed and influenced practice in the Maintenance and/or Production of an Operation. Requires detailed knowledge of principles and concepts related to both own functional area and other functions.




  • Tertiary qualifications in mining, commercial or engineering discipline is mandatory
  • Western Australia Quarry Manager Certificate of Competency is preferred, but not essential
  • Master Business Administration or equivalent management training is preferred, but not essential.




This role is primarily based at our Boddington Bauxite Mine which is located approximately 130km south east of Perth with regular travel to Worsley Alumina Refinery, located near the township of Collie.


Residential accommodation in Boddington will be provided.  


Our benefits


  • Competitive Salaries
  • Industry leading parental leave and family care policy
  • Education and career development
  • Participation in the Employee Share Plan
  • Short and Long-term incentive bonuses


Our culture


At South32, our people are fundamental to our success. We’re focused on creating an inclusive workplace, with the right people in the right roles, who are engaged, empowered and appropriately rewarded.


We aspire to be an inclusive organisation, where our workforce reflects the broader demographic of the countries and communities where we operate.


South32 embraces diversity and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds.


Please note: This advert closes on the 13th of May 2021