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Senior Water Planner III - Mexico, Peru or Argentina

Date:  Aug 1, 2022

Cajamarca City, CAJ, PE (Peru)


Founded in 1921 Newmont Mining Corp. ( is one of the largest gold companies in the world. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the company has approximately 24,000 employees and contractors, with the majority working at Newmont's core operations in the United States, Australia, Ghana, Peru and Suriname.
Newmont operations in South America are trough two different companies, Newmont Peru SRL and Minera Yanacocha SRL.

Newmont Peru SRL was founded in 1983 as an exploration mining company whose main objective is obtain new gold reserves.

Minera Yanacoca SRL start their operations in 1992 in Cajamarca City partnership with Buenaventura, is the largest gold mine in South America.

  • People: Our goal is to maximize the competitive advantage we realize through our people.
  • Health & Safety : Our goal is to achieve zero harm.
  • Operational Excellence: Our goal is to create a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Growth: Our goal is to deliver profitable production gains.
  • Sustainability and External Relations: Our goal is to gain access to land, resources, approvals and capital.

About this role

The Senior Water Planner is responsible for leading work efforts across multiple sites within a region. The Planner is specifically responsible for developing and documenting water management plans, designing and continuously maintaining water balances, serving as a technical resource to aid sites in water-related active management decisions and aiding sites in driving water planning decisions that minimize short-term and long-term water liabilities. 
The Water Planner will work cross-functionally with collaborators from site, region, and center to understand water needs by function, discuss tradeoffs and provide insight into how function decisions impact water management performance.

In this role you will

Here is a snapshot of what your day to day will look like:

Leadership Results

  • We promote safety at Newmont. Acts safely on a personal basis and encourages safe practices with others in the team.
  • We perform duties as a Technical Services Water Management representative at each of the sites allocated. We ensure that current and future potential production and water-related issues at a site are highlighted and actioned with appropriate controls incorporated into the site’s annual business plan.
  • We support Site and Regional Water SteerCos, as well as a potential participant in the Global Water Strategy Team meetings.
  • We provide mentorship and thought leadership on water management activities, tools, & processes to key site contacts.


Management/Business Results 

  • Studies/Project Support
  • We lead third party consultants on the design, development and maintenance of water balances for new and existing projects. We perform regular QA / QC checks of third-party work and deliverables. We ensure insights from third-party consultants are reflected in the water management plans.
  • We undertake water-related plan creation for new developments, cutbacks or extensions of existing mines or near mine expansions, adhering to Stage Gate standard practices and ensuring that reports are prepared and delivered within the agreed upon timeframe. 
  • We implement project management standard processes in controlling and monitoring cost and expenses for water balance projects independent of the scale of project.
  • We collaborate with Projects group in brownfield and greenfield project phases.
  • We aid Closure function in identifying and updating water-related impacts to closure at a given site.
  • We align study/project design with Newmont’s Global Water Strategy and regional water strategies, inclusive of water efficiency targets and water stewardship goals. 


Operational Support

  • We lead medium and long-term planning for water across multiple sites, support the development of critical metrics and TARPs, the implementation of the water dashboard and the preparation of regular water balance reports.
  • We develop, document and maintain water balance models and water management-related documentation through collaboration with third parties. Models should accurately predict current and future water variability and performance to drive better water-related decision outcomes and should follow Newmont standards and guidelines.
  • We serve as an available and responsive source of expertise for sites in making water management-related active management decisions (i.e., decisions in response to changes which are temporary in nature or are within the parameter of the water management plan). 
  • We develop option set in conjunction with central Technical Services groups, S&ER, Planning, Closure Projects, and other functions to help sites make more informed decisions and to mitigate the creation or exacerbation of critical site water related issues. We present options to GM as a part of Site Water Team, identifying pros and cons of options, and recommend preferred option.
  • We prepare documentation for water operational improvements (IRP, AFE)
  • We ensure critical water data is readily available as an input into the planning processes for each site by collaborating with the relevant site water teams as well as the central Planning teams. We ensure all planning assumptions are well documented, supported and delivered on time.

The above duties and responsibilities are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Your training, skills and experience checklist


  • B.Sc./Eng. in Mineral Processing, Civil or Chemical Engineering, Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Aqueous Geochemistry or post graduate qualification for other undergraduate fields. 


  • Experience should include a minimum of 5-7 years in water management-related issues within the metals & mining sector. Experience in gold/copper mining will be an advantage.
  • Experience with water balance modeling (including volumes and chemistry), including creation, maintenance, and updates is viewed as a strong asset. Prior experience with GoldSim and PHREEQC is preferred. 
  • Operational, process development, or laboratory experience with validated water improvements implemented. Preferably production planning activities for part thereof.
  • Experience with monitoring programs (design, implementation, data interpretation) in Metallurgical, Hydrology, Hydrogeology and / or Geochemistry environments
  • Validated capabilities and experiences in Project Management
  • Prior experience in mining sector project processes (e.g., stage gating, working in multidisciplinary teams, leading change management)
  • Experience in risk assessment and facilitated decision making processes (e.g., MAA)


Skills and Abilities: 

  • Confirmed ability to solve problems through innovation and ‘in an unexpected way' thinking. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • Capability to provide mentorship and thought leadership to site water personnel.
  • Proficient in analysis and interpretation of data. Able to demonstrate data analytics capabilities.
  • Ability to lead a path to resolution despite conflicting goals of various functions and collaborators. 
  • Demonstrated personal commitment to health and safety.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence Superintendents, Managers and other key partners.
  • Write technical papers and able to present on topics related to water management processes and water technologies at conferences, workshops, and/or Newmont events.
  • Must have valid vehicle drivers’ license and an international drivers’ license for same, or ability to obtain this. 
  • Advanced computer skills including Microsoft Office suite, database management (particularly MP5, SAP).
  • Advanced Language skills in Spanish and English.

Working Conditions and Location

Where you will be located!

The position will report to Denver Corporate office but may sit regionally, the candidate can be from the following locations and if selected will be based there: Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Chile, United States (Colorado or Miami).
Position will be required to travel to and assist domestic and/or international sites. 


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.

Newmont strongly encourages all applicants to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as the vaccine is available to you as Newmont considers vaccination to be a vital tool in the fight against the pandemic. Proof of vaccination is required for entry to certain Newmont locations and for business travel, unless an exemption is required by law.  Newmont may update its vaccination policies/requirements at any time in its sole discretion.

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