Quality Assurance & Control Engineer

Date: 26 May 2024

Location: Tucson, AZ, US, 85719

Company: South32 Group Operations Pty. Ltd.

About South32

South32 is a globally diversified mining and metals company. 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. We produce bauxite, alumina, aluminium, metallurgical coal, manganese, nickel, silver, lead and zinc at our operations in Australia, Southern Africa and South America. With a focus on growing our base metals exposure, we also have two development options in North America and several partnerships with junior explorers around the world.


Following the acquisition of Arizona Mining, South32 is the new owner of the Hermosa Project, a high-grade zinc, lead and silver development option in Arizona.


South32's purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people's lives now and for generations to come. We work closely with their host communities to create enduring social and economic value through local employment, infrastructure and facilities development and community investment programs.


The location of this role is the Hermosa Project site near Patagonia, Arizona


The Role

Supports the management of construction activities for the Exploration and Ventilation Shafts. Responsibilities include support of management of multiple contractors and subcontractors including: planning, scheduling, reporting, health, safety, security, environmental compliance, quality, community relations and meeting targets within budget and on time.  This role requires heavy field interaction and interface with integrated construction teams.


Accountabilities (Include but are not limited to):

Individual Accountabilities:

  • Support the management of the site construction contractors
  • Ensure that work is always executed in a safe manner
  • Ensure that South32 corporate safety and business goals are met or exceeded
  • Ensure that project construction activities and services are executed in conformity with South32’s environmental policies and plans
  • Ensure that project construction activities and services are executed in conformity with South32’s community relations policies and plans
  • Review and provides input on project construction designs and schedules as they relate to Quality
  • Assist Contractors with implementation of remedial recovery actions when NCRs are identified as required
  • Ensure strict compliance with South32 Change Management processes
  • Ensure timely delivery of project construction QA/QC services to internal stakeholders
  • Extract data from sources such as plans, engineering reports, and specifications to inspect and report on the work of construction contractors and vendor supplied materials
  • Periodically reviews the Construction Management Execution Plan to ensure conformity with current requirements and recommend revisions as required
  • Assure Code and Procedural compliance for construction activities related to the Shafts (and other construction projects on site)
  • Develop Inspection and Test Plans per the specific work packages
  • Review Contractors and Vendors Quality Management Systems and preform periodic audits of the same
  • Identify contractor performance issues and work with Contractor and other internal stakeholders to resolve issues
  • Assist and provide guidance and mentoring to Junior QA/QC Technicians
  • Ensure compliance with applicable regulatory requirements including Federal, State, and Local
  • Ensure conformity with industry codes of practice and standards
  • Ensure that all work conforms with the specified quality standards
  • Perform other QA/QC duties as assigned by the Manager Project Execution and Construction


Qualifications, Skills, and Expertise:

  • Technical Degree in Construction Management fields or Similar, OR appropriate Trade qualifications
  • Drive company vehicle and be covered under company insurance
  • 3+ years of large-scale mining/construction site experience as related to Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • Prior underground construction experience preferred
  • Experience working with teams and interacting with customers
  • Experience working in a cross-cultural setting
  • Proven track record maintaining a safe work culture
  • Experience implementing Environmental Compliance obligations
  • Visible field safety leadership and an ability to drive safety and performance excellence
  • Knowledge of shaft and other underground construction practices
  • Strong understanding of Quality Assurance and Quality Control management concepts and best practices
  • Effective communication and engagement skills
  • Relationship building skills: demonstrated empathy, emotional intelligence, and cross-cultural effectiveness with the ability to achieve consensus and build alignment cooperatively
  • Ability to read, interpret, and comment on 2D and 3D designs and specifications for the work
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Assist Junior Technicians with QA/QC field work as needed
  • Maintain high standards of professional and ethical conduct
  • Strong English language written and oral communication 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 organization, 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.


Nearest Major Market: Tucson