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Principal Engineer, Tailings & Dams

Date:  Aug 22, 2021

Denver, CO, US (United States)

Founded in 1921 and publicly traded since 1925, Newmont (www.newmont.com) 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 is the only gold company listed in the S&P 500 index and 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 high standards in environmental management, health and safety for its employees and creating value and opportunity for host communities and shareholders.

About this role

What will you be responsible for?
The Principal Engineer, Tailings & Dams, collaborates with the Senior Director, Global Tailings Management within the Technical Services Team based in Denver, Colorado. The role will provide professional leadership and expert tailings storage facility (TSF) and  water storage dam governance, mentorship and operational support to our global mining operations.
The Principal Engineer, Tailings & Dams, will serve as a company resource for geotechnical and hydrologic related information and analysis, providing centralized technical services across our global portfolio. The position will work as part of our Corporate Tailings Management Team, which is part of the Corporate Resource Evaluation & Mine Planning (REMP) team, to ensure that multi-functional constraints, goals, opportunities and risks are accounted for, and a full and transparent path forward is mapped for existing operations, legacy sites, stage-gate projects, and new mines.
The Principal Engineer, Tailings & Dams, works with the operations to increase bench strength of our Responsible Tailings Facility Engineers/Persons (RTFEs/RTFPs) and other less experienced members of the team supporting tailings and dam management.

In this role you will

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

  • Support implementation and oversight of detailed third-party review processes, including Independent Technical Review Boards (ITRBs), Stewardship Programs, and periodic comprehensive dam safety reviews (DSRs), including supporting sites in addressing identified recommendations
  • Develop and implement tools/processes to provide improved management of our TSFs and other site dams, including ensuring that relevant company specifications, guidelines and proposed standard methodologies are applied. 
  • Lead or support risk assessments for Newmont’s TSFs and dams, including providing support with implementation of risk mitigation action plans. 
  • Act as a corporate liaison with engineering firms (e.g., Engineer of Record) providing technical review and mentorship for operations and major projects related to geotechnical, hydrological and hydrogeological data collection, analysis, design, construction and operational management, including corporate review of documentation to support the stage-gate process
  • Provide mentorship and oversight to operating sites and projects for critical planning of site tailings and water management with a long-term view, including evaluation and implementation of improved technologies or innovative solutions and support to multiple accounts analyses
  • Mentor, train and develop team members with regard to tailings management and dam safety

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

Your training, skills & experience checklist


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil/Geological Engineering, Geological Engineering or related Engineering field from an accredited curriculum with courses in Soil Mechanics
  • Master’s Degree in Civil/Geotechnical, Geological Engineering or related Engineering field preferred
  • Knowledge in the principles and practices of civil, geological, geotechnical and hydrological engineering or a related field of science or engineering


  • Minimum 15 years of proven experience
  • Consulting experience is preferred
  • Experience in tailings and water dam design, construction, management, operation and closure

Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated strong technical writing, group presentation and communication skills
  • Strong verbal communication skills, with ability to communicate to a diversely-educated audience
  • Ability to build and maintain strong communication networks with peers, RTFEs/RTFPs, project managers, mine manager, and JV partner representatives
  • Overseas work experience in 1st, 2nd and 3rd world countries
  • Experience in project evaluation from concept to ongoing operations and closure stages
  • Well-networked into industry specialists and consultants
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Knowledge of appropriate software (e.g., MS Office, AutoCAD, SLIDE, SEEP/W, UTEXAS, FSCONSOL, GOLDSIM, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, FLAC, PLAXIS, MUCK3D) and geotechnical and hydrological data analysis
  • Familiarity with business systems and standard office application software
  • A high level of cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Must be able to work in a potentially stressful environment
  • Ability to develop and maintain awareness of occupational hazards and safety of yourself and others

Working conditions & location

  • The position is located in the Denver corporate office
  • Performance of the work requires travel (up to 25%) to domestic and international operations. Travel can be at a moment’s notice to overseas or domestic locations, including Newmont and non-Newmont locations and greenfield sites

The salary range offered for this role is $127,360 to 167,160. The salary range is tied to the Colorado market for jobs performed in Colorado. The salary offer to the successful candidate will be based on job-related education, training, and/or experience.  The salary offer will not be based on a candidate’s salary history at other jobs, and by law, Newmont will not seek information about salary history, and candidates should not share such information with Newmont.  

This role will be eligible for participation in a discretionary annual bonus program, pursuant to which an employee may be awarded a percentage of their salary based on the company’s performance and their own individual performance. This role also will be eligible for participation in a discretionary long-term incentive program, pursuant to which an employee may receive awards based on their level and individual performance.

Newmont offers a competitive and inclusive benefits package to support physical, mental, financial and emotional wellbeing. This role will be eligible for the following benefits:  Medical, prescription drug, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; health savings accounts; life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance; short and long-term disability; 401(k) program with company match; pension; financial planning; employee assistance program (EAP); adoption assistance; dependent scholarship program; tuition reimbursement; paid holidays and paid time off; paid family leave; matching gifts; and discounts on home, auto and pet insurance.  All bonuses and benefits are subject to the applicable eligibility and program/plan terms and may be modified or terminated at Newmont’s sole discretion.

Nearest Major Market: Denver