Senior Geotechnical Project Engineer

Date:  Sep 6, 2023

Boddington, WA, AU (Australia)

At Newmont, our purpose is to create value and improve lives through sustainable and responsible mining. The world's leading gold company, we pride ourselves on our dedication to safety, environmental management, inclusion and diversity, and adding value and opportunity to our host communities.


One of the largest gold producers in Australia, you will join a diverse team and have the opportunity to advance your career with an innovative company dedicated to safety, environmental management, inclusion and diversity.


The Benefits
Our Boddington Gold Operation is only 130 kms from the Perth CBD and approximately 100kms from the coast, and offers employees a unique opportunity to live in the South West, or reside in our village for the duration of their roster.


This position offers a 5:2:4:3 roster. Working an 80 hour fortnight, you will have every second Friday off as your RDO as well as Public Holidays - a great work/life balance. 


We offer a competitive salary along with private health benefits for you and your family as well as a generous bonus scheme. You will work in a collaborative team which encourages diversity and inclusion and opportunities for career advancement. 


About This Role
The Senior Geotechnical Project Engineer is responsible for the mid-long term geotechnical planning, design, remediation and operational support in this geotechnical challenging deep open pit gold mine. This role involves working within a dedicated team of engineers and technicians and working closely with other departments in the operation.
You will assist in establishing and maintaining geotechnical modelling, performing geotechnical analyses and providing geotechnical slope design recommendations for the interim and final pit walls. This includes ensuring geological, geotechnical and hydrogeological aspects are included in the slope designs and medium to long term mine planning. You will assist collating and analysing the monitoring and slope performance data in this fast paced operation.
In This Role You Will

  • Ensure all work activities comply with the site Ground Control Management Plan (GCMP) and assist in updating the GCMP as required.
  • Implement and maintain geotechnical data collection programs. This information is obtained from many sources including but not limited to geotechnical monitoring, mapping, geotechnical drilling, groundwater monitoring, wall control evaluation, field testing and laboratory testing.
  • Ensure all relevant data, information, studies, reports and accumulated knowledge is managed and maintained.
  • Assist in maintaining geotechnical models e.g. rock mass model, geotechnical domain model, kinematic model and hydrogeological model.
  • Provide remediation and stabilisation design recommendations where required and facilitate implementation.
  • Establish and maintain monitoring programs around the mine.
  • Perform hydrogeological modelling, interpretation and provide recommendations for pit slope depressurisation.
  • Facilitate the integration of all geotechnical, geological and hydrogeological data into the design and construction of stable open pits and waste dumps. 
  • Interpret material parameters as required for various types of materials present.
  • Perform geotechnical stability analyses with different methods (limit equilibrium, finite element, kinematic, probabilistic, etc.) as required to test stability of the various slope designs for different slope conditions to determine appropriate outcomes.
  • Quarterly reporting of monitoring and mine performance as well as study reporting where required.
  • Develop and implement innovations and seek continuous improvement.
  • Assist in the development of the annual geotechnical budget.
  • Assist in providing training to junior members of staff.


Your Skills, Training & Experience:

  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Tertiary Qualification specialising in geomechanics.
  • Chartered or Competent Person Status.
  • Significant experience as a geotechnical engineer with a predominance of experience in hard rock mining.
  • Project work experience in open pit studies including leading roles in PFS, FS and detailed design studies.
  • Experience in designing remediation and mitigation strategies and practical experience implementing solutions.
  • Competency in industry standard mine design, geotechnical & geological modelling software including related to slope stability. Experience using Rocscience (Slide, RS2, Dips, etc) and Gem4D software desirable.
  • Competency in manipulating, interpreting and presenting geotechnical data including in MS Excel.
  • Can demonstrate a desire to develop and test new theories, systems, tools evidenced by such things as published technical papers, major studies or projects.
  • Experience using a wide range of risk based slope stability tools, systems and their application.
  • Experience using slope stability radars, prism monitoring and familiarity with ground vibration monitoring systems.
  • Competency in evaluating pit wall conditions and contributing to the evaluation of blasting outcomes on rock exposures.

We understand no candidate will meet every single desired qualification. If your experience looks a little different from what we’ve identified and you think you can bring value to the role, we’d love to learn more about you!


Our business success comes from the accomplishments and well-being of our employees and contractors. Our goal is to build a workplace culture that allows every person to thrive, participate, grow, and proudly play an active role in achieving our strategy.


Newmont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to recruiting, hiring, placing and promoting the best individual for each position without regard to personal characteristics such as gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, social and indigenous origin, religion or belief, disability, age, sexual orientation, etc.


We invite women and applicants with diverse backgrounds to apply, particularly persons of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island descent. Newmont acknowledges Aboriginal people as the first Australians and respects their unique relationship with the land and sea, their culture, spiritual tradition and stories.


More About Newmont


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