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Principal - Operations Assurance

Date: 12-Jun-2019

Location: Perth, WA, AU, 6000

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.



The Group Assurance team independently reviews South32’s risk management systems and controls. This provides a body of evidence that enables the Board and Leadership Team to consider the effectiveness of internal controls and risk management.

Our core team is accountable for delivering the assurance plan. They:

  • Engage with management in a collaborative and proactive manner;
  • Comment on risk management behaviours;
  • Consider how transition risks are managed to ensure key controls remain effective;
  • Highlight improvement areas in the control environment, while noting what is working well; and
  • Enhance data analytics to broaden coverage and improve our audit focus.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of diverse and stimulating team – adding immense value by providing operational knowledge and guidance. Wide ranging responsibilities from leading teams, planning and conducting audits, through to developing programs to enhance organisational success. This role gives you a chance to travel, gain a deep understanding of South32 operations and functions and help to shape the future direction of the business. Group Assurance is a great opportunity to learn the business from the inside, work with all levels of the company and be part of ensuring everyone goes home safely.



  • Maintain an overriding commitment to health, safety, environmental and community responsibility and sustainable development.
  • Bring mining, operational and technical based insights into reviews on end-to-end process, risk-and-control design and execution.
  • Build trust and credibility with stakeholders for the successful delivery of internal audit outcomes in specific scope areas/processes, developing an expertise in that scope area (e.g. Safety, work management, risk management etc.).
  • Add value by influencing stakeholders (at a process and/or functional level).
  • Implement individual audit reviews as part of delivering the annual internal audit plan including:
  • Planning and scoping internal audits by.
  • Execute audit fieldwork to agreed timelines.
  • Co-ordinate the accumulation and thematic recording of audit findings and impacts. Review audit findings for inconsistencies and weaknesses in end-to-end processes and controls including analysis of existing practices and industry trends.
  • Contribute (where applicable with specialist insight over a process) to the evaluation of risks and controls, providing assurance that risk management, control, and governance systems are functioning as intended.
  • Write internal audit reports or oversee the drafting of them, by co-ordinating content and reviewing.
  • Ensure audit workpapers/ working files are prepared and reviewed in accordance with approved audit methodology and support a quality body of evidence.
  • Oversee the consistent implementation of the internal audit methodology at an individual review/engagement level.
  • Coach and develop guest auditors, co-sourced service providers and analysts.
  • Always act with high ethical standards, objectivity, transparency, due care and professionalism.
  • Other tasks as directed by management.



  • Bachelor’s Degree or post grad certificate equivalent in Engineering (mining or chemical or mechanical or electrical) or Health, Safety and Environment discipline, is preferred.
  • Professional accreditation or certification in internal auditing preferred.
  • Experience in the resources industry - operational experience is essential.
  • Knowledge of audit principles, risk and control requirements, and an understanding of management systems.
  • Exposure to Managing Assurance/Internal Audits.
  • Capability to build trust and respect.
  • Ability to remain flexible and apply intuition when faced with ambiguity in providing advice to key stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to manage complicated projects/reviews/audits across numerous stakeholders.
  • Well organised with the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.
  • Applies critical thinking, challenges the status quo and identifying opportunities to improve operational or functional practices.
  • Verbal communication skills, with an exceptional ability to articulate complex ideas and influence stakeholders.
  • Advanced report writing and presentation skills.
  • Advanced PowerPoint, Word and Excel skills.



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.

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