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GENERAL MANAGER - AHAFO SOUTH

Date:  Jun 20, 2022
Location: 

Accra, GA, GH (Ghana)

 

Newmont Mining Corporation is a leading global gold producer with key assets in Nevada, Peru, Australia, Ghana and Suriname.

Newmont’s Africa Operations holds two gold mining operations in Ghana: the Ahafo Mine located in the Brong-Ahafo region and the Akyem Mine located in the Eastern region. There is also near mine exploration and development focus in Ghana to annually replace gold reserves. Newmont Africa also has early-stage exploration programs in the African countries of Ethiopia and Morocco.

Our Africa operations employ approximately 5,900 employees and contractors, with the majority working at the Ahafo Mine. We offer an unparalleled blend of opportunity and career satisfaction with all the benefits you would expect from a global company. This, combined with our growth opportunities, makes Newmont a great company to work.

Our Akyem and Ahafo mines have made significant sustainable community development investments in our host communities. These include establishing Development Funds at our Akyem and Ahafo operational areas with each mine contributing US$1 per ounce of gold sold and 1% of net pre-tax annual profit into its community development fund.

The only gold company listed in the S&P 500 index, Newmont in 2007 became the first gold company selected to be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Newmont’s industry leading performance is reflected through our Africa operations’ high standards in environmental management, health and safety for our workforce and creating value and opportunity for our employees, host communities and Newmont’s shareholders.

Purpose

Per the Minerals Commission regulations on Local content, this role is reserved for Ghanaians

The General Manager, Ahafo South reports directly to the Regional Senior Vice President (RSVP), Africa Operations and serves as a formal member of the Africa Regional Leadership Team (ARLT).

Primary Purpose:

  • To strategically transform, effectively position, lead and direct the Mine site in delivering a safe, profitable and sustainable business that contributes to the achievement of the African Regional and Newmont strategies.
  • To develop and implement the Mine site’s business strategy, plans and initiatives that is aligned with and support realisation of the Region’s overall business strategy, priorities and objectives, in order to increase the Region’s competitive advantage and achieve growth targets. 
  • To partner with the RSVP and ARLT to formulate and execute the Africa Operations' overall business strategy and objectives in order to achieve growth targets.
  • To provide direction and leadership to all the leaders at the Mine site to ensure the implementation of the Mine site’s and Region’s strategies, objectives, plans, programmes, initiatives and procedures to guarantee optimised performance and growth.
  • To accept overall accountability for the Mine site’s adherence to all mining regulations as the appointed statutory Mine Manager.

Secondary Purpose:

  • To develop and maintain all the necessary contacts and relationships with in-country government officials, business partners, media and community groups at all levels to foster a smooth and expeditious business program. 
  • To lead the Mine site’s operations and projects safely and in full compliance with all reporting and advisory requirements to governmental and legislated authorities. 
  • To drive effective stakeholder management at the Mine site to safeguard Newmont’s interests in Africa and guarantee pro-active compliance with all legal and permitting requirements with the goal of fostering increased maturity and operating success for the Africa business in the medium to long term.
     

Areas of Focus

1.    Health and Safety

  • Create and lead (by example) a culture of zero harm and minimal health exposures at the Mine site by integrating Health and Safety into the site’s business strategy and individual performance plans to achieve improvements year-over-year.
  • Lead the Mine site’s team to achieve the total recordable injury frequency rate (TRIFR) objective as defined by the annual Africa Region Road Map.
  • Eliminate fatalities by implementing critical controls and verification processes.
  • Verify the quality of pre-start meetings, SPE investigations and application of lessons learned.
  • Reduce health exposures by implementing critical controls for key risks by developing and implementing exposure reduction plans.

2.    Operational Excellence

  • Develop the Mine site’s strategy, business plans and initiatives, that is aligned with the Africa Region’s strategy, business plans, objectives, initiatives and priorities, for a sustainable competitive advantage and submit to the Africa Regional Leadership Team (ARLT) for approval. 
  • Lead the successful delivery of the Mine site’s business plans and actively drive performance, inclusive of targets (growth, earnings per share, return on invested capital, profit, cost, productivity, safety, environmental protection and leadership development) and operations, to guarantee medium and long-term success.
  • Prepare, monitor and control the annual budget for the Mine site so that expenditure is in line with the Region’s financial requirements and allocated funding.
  • Set and maintain a productivity (output-driven) and continuous process improvement culture by creating an environment for the employees to challenge the status quo.
  • Drive year-over-year-improvement in cost management and other critical operational performance metrics.
  • Achieve the Mine site’s annual production, earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA), saving and improvement targets and objectives as defined by the annual Africa Region Road Map.

 

3.    Growth

  • Lead Mine site to achieve profitable, sustainable growth through cost-effective projects and exploration.
  • Accelerate potential expansions and prospects to a stage sufficient to present these projects to Newmont’s Board for approval.
  • Lead the Mine site in creating shared stakeholder value, whilst focusing on ‘value over volume’. 
  • Take overall accountability for the successful execution of the Mine site’s growth objectives as defined by the annual Africa Region Road Map.

Areas of Focus (continued)

4.    People

  • Develop and lead an enabled, engaged, performance-driven and diverse Mine site team that works collaboratively with each other to achieve the site’s business plans and objectives.
  • Conduct workforce planning and develop staffing and localisation plans.
  • Confirm that the Mine site teams’ roles and responsibilities are clarified, performance objectives are set and managed, and performance reviews are conducted in accordance with policies and procedures and corrective actions taken where necessary.
  • Identify, mentor and develop high potential professional staff.
  • Identify critical skills essential for the sustainability of service delivery and confirm that a succession plan is in place and implemented for the leaders and all the other critical jobs on the Mine site.
  • Provide continuous and comprehensive professional and managerial training to staff to ensure that the team is capable enough to transfer to any region.
  • Confirm that gender diversity targets are met and exceeded. 
  • Set an appropriate “tone at the top” that creates trust and acceptance of the Newmont values and direction throughout operations at the Mine site.
  • Develop and drive a culture of integrity, ethics, compliance and speaking-up.
  • Promote pro-active industrial relations and align union negotiations to business needs.

5.    Sustainability and external relations 

  • Lead and drive the Mine site’s internal and external stakeholder activities and objectives, to maintain the site’s license to operate and to achieve sustainable value for the host communities.
  • Develop the long-term Environmental and Social Responsibility strategy that is aligned to the Regional business strategy and guarantee it is implemented successfully to improve competitive advantage.
  • Negotiate and create cohesive, trusting and mutually respectful relationships with governments, regulators, NGOs, media, communities and industries that enhance Newmont’s reputation and enable access, favorable treatment and good citisenship.
  • Act as the community ambassador and guarantee that within the area of the Mine site, Ghana Newmont is recognised as the employer of choice by devising and driving a cohesive engagement strategy with external communities based on the genuine values of diversity and inclusion rather than financial benefits alone. 
  • Provide input into the Local Employment Management strategy for the Mine site and submit to the RSVP for approval.
  • Secure permits and implement long-term permitting strategy actions to execute the Regional business strategy.
  • Develop and guarantee implementation of the regional closure strategy.
  • Hold engagement sessions with community and local government to develop a framework to sustainably manage social and essential infrastructure that would be left behind after mine closure.
  • Use third party influencers from within the communities or affiliated with the communities to facilitate cultural shift.
  • Achieve the Mine site’s annual public Sustainability and External Relations (S&ER) targets and objectives as defined by the annual Africa Region Road Map.

Training & Experience

Formal Qualification (including Professional Registrations):

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering or a related technical discipline plus a Mine Certificate of Competence issued by Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission of Ghana.
  • A MBA or equivalent qualification (Optional).

Additional Knowledge:

  • Substantial knowledge of gold mining or broader hard rock mining with an extensive understanding of regulations, permitting, risk, and projects.
  • Substantial knowledge of health and safety, sustainability and productivity improvements in the mining industry.
  • Substantial knowledge of developing and managing Corporate Social Responsibility programs in the mining industry.
  • Substantial knowledge in working constructively with governments, communities, NGOs and special interest groups.
  • Broad business knowledge and focus, ability to recognise issues, problems and capitalise on opportunities.

Experience: 

  • Between 15 - 20 years’ experience in international mining environments with 7 years of senior mine management experience with multi-functional, broad-based management responsibilities, which should ideally include multi-site operations.
  • Demonstrated successes in working collaboratively in multi-cultural teams in expatriate settings. Work in developing countries, specifically in West Africa preferred. 
  • A proven track record of delivering “safe” production. 
  • Leadership selection and assessment ensuring the right people are in the right roles, removing poor performers / leaders and identifying and developing key successors.
  • A solid technical background is required: operational experience remains important because the General Manager of a Mine site must be up to date with activities on sites and understand the risks and potential threats the sites face.  

Technical Skills:

  • Budget control and financial analysis and management skills.
  • Business acumen and commercial management skills.
  • Business continuity management skills.
  • Conflict and change management skills.
  • Corporate governance, incident and risk management skills.
  • Negotiation, networking and service management skills.
  • Strategic management, leadership, coaching and mentoring skills.
  • Strategic relationship management skills

 

Per the Minerals Commission regulations on Local content, this role is reserved for Ghanaians

Working Conditions

•    The position is located at Ahafo Mine South site and will travel nationally to the Regional office in Accra on a regular basis.
•    Extended and unpredictable hours is the norm.

Our business success comes from the accomplishments and well-being of our employees and contractors. Our goal is to build a workplace culture that fosters leaders and allows every person to thrive, contribute, and grow. We are committed to selecting and developing our employees, and to establishing a work environment where everyone can take an active part in reaching our strategic goals while feeling a sense of pride in working at Newmont.

Newmont seeks to recruit, hire, place and promote qualified applicants, meaning applicants who meet the minimum requirements of the position, without regard to personal characteristics such as gender, race, nationality, ethnic, social and indigenous origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. As part of our diversity efforts. females are encouraged to apply.

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