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Senior & Junior Civil Engineer (Tailings)

Date: 19-Oct-2021

Location: Collie, WA, AU, 6225

Company: South32 Group Operations Pty. Ltd.

About South32 


South32 is a new kind of resources company built around a single idea: that in a rapidly changing world, we have an opportunity to make a difference from the ground up. We are a globally diversified metals and mining company with a portfolio of high quality, well maintained, cash generative assets.  


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.  




This role will be based at our Worsley Refinery, where our employee’s choose to live in the Bunbury, Collie or other nearby communities which all offer an enviable country lifestyle. Surrounded by magnificent jarrah forests, pristine beaches and world-famous wineries, this is an opportunity too good to miss.  


As there is no accommodation on site, you will be required to drive in and out on a daily basis. Employee’s ideally live within an hours drive of Collie, but some emaployees to drive to and from Perth.   


The Opportunity 


Reporting to the Superintendent Worsley Engineering Stewardship, the purpose of this role is to maintain the integrity of the Worsley Alumina Blueprint by providing specialised geotechnical and civil engineering technical expertise to the Operation and managing modifications and project tasks in accordance with relevant processes, standards and performance targets for HSEC, quality and cost for tailings storage facilities (Bauxite Residue Disposal Areas – BRDA) and dams. We have two opportunities available, one Junior and one Senior. 




Primary responsibilities are to:  


  • Provide civil engineering expertise and consultative support for the Operation and ensure:
    • Review and action of engineering change management requests associated with modifications and projects
    • Provision of relevant technical knowledge and input for the development of projects
    • Provision of relevant technical knowledge and support to the BRDA and Dams Operations and Construction, Maintenance Analysis & Improvement and Process Technical teams
    • Any Engineering services provided to the Operation meet relevant standards and are aligned to designed/agreed operating principles
  • Work closely with operational, maintenance and project execution teams to ensure that the work delivery meets the business requirement
  • Conducting weekly dam integrity inspections with the BRDA operations and maintenance coordinator to ensure that there are no major defects on the embankments or operational issues that could impact on dam stability or dam safety
  • Conducting audits to ensure compliance to South32 Dams Standard, engineering standards and statutory regulations
  • Conducting periodic inspections and technical reviews of the BRDA project construction with the BRDA Coordinator and Site engineer to ensure that engineering standards are being maintained, that the original design intent is being fulfilled and all safety guidelines are followed
  • Participating in risk assessments and investigations into safety incidents
  • Participating in 3rd party inspections and reviews of the BRDAs and/or other Dams by external consultants
  • Scoping all related BRDA and dams construction work packages in accordance with Stakeholder requirements
  • Scoping and coordinate annual embankment stability monitoring (CPTu testing, piezometer readings, settlement monitoring) activities
  • Preparing annual Ground Control compliance report. (BRDA and Dams Monitoring and Validation reports)
  • Providing engineering advice in terms of technical queries raised (Construction, Operations and Maintenance)
  • Ensure compliance to relevant processes and standards, statutory legislation, Material Risk Controls, and Industry, Australian or Government Standards.
  • Ensure content of technical documentation for the civil discipline reflects the “as built” condition as per authorised modifications and changes.
  • Verify engineering contractors adhere to work standards and understand the purpose and functionality of critical controls relevant to their work.
  • Promote discipline in engineering work, ensure quality of completed tasks and enhance technical knowledge of team members and other Engineering employees in regard to the civil discipline.


About You    


Experience/Technical Skills  


  • Tailings storage facilities and dams design and construction
  • Tailings storage facilities operation
  • Tailings storage facilities and dams risk management
  • The ability to build relationships and work collaboratively to deliver great outcomes
  • Strong experience predominantly in a technical capacity in a civil engineering field directly related to tailings storage facilities and dams in minerals processing or mining operations




  • Degree in Civil Engineering, Masters in geotechnical, soil mechanics or tailings related discipline
  • Eligible for Chartered Membership of Engineers Australia


Our benefits 


  • Competitive Salaries
  • Industry leading parental leave and family care policy
  • Education and career development
  • Participation in the Employee Share Plan
  • Short-Term Incentive Bonus
  • Additional employer superannuation contributions which dependson the level of employee contributions you choose.


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 2nd of November 2021