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Project Director, Water Treatment Plant

Date:  Jan 31, 2023

Denver, CO, US (United States)

Founded in 1921 and publicly traded since 1925, Newmont ( 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 you will be responsible for?
This role has accountability for delivery of the Water Treatment Project Phase 2 (WTP2), expected to have a total investment cost of $500M to $750M.

In this role you will

Here is a snapshot of what your day to day will look like:
Project Management
Full-time leadership of the WTP2 in Stage 2B, this includes:

  • Develop, adapt when needed, and implement the delivery strategy for this critical project that balances contending business objectives including:
  • Commissioning of two new acid water treatment plants as quickly as practicable.
  • Ensuring adaptability and optimization of plant designs and longevity of components.
  • Crafting for safety and maintainability.
  • Improving automation and capability for remote operation.
  • Coordinating permitting constraints and regulatory compliance.
  • Providing opportunities for local and local-local resources.
  • Optimizing capex and opex.
  • Ensure that all project documentation, including IRPs, Execution Plans, Business Readiness Plans, Gate Reports, etc., is developed and maintained in full conformance with Newmont’s Project Management Handbook, Investment Standard, and all related guidelines.
  • Assemble and maintain a project team through a matrix approach; available resources include other Closure Program team members, Newmont Technical Services, Yanacocha site resources, functional resources assigned to Yanacocha, Americas Regional Projects, and consultants.
  • Develop and be responsible for the budget and detailed schedule, and utilize support from Regional Project Controls to record and report on progress, maintain trends, and process change notices.
  • Work with site Permitting and Legal functions to de-risk and optimize the approval's strategy for new water treatment plants and components.
  • Work with Supply Chain to develop and implement a procurement approach for the services needed to complete this project stage and the construction stage.
  • Develop and be responsible for a robust independent technical review program and make regular reports on outcomes to Project Leader and Project Owner.
  • Support the Yanacocha Closure Program director and team in developing effective strategic communications for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Be the primary point of contact for the Site and Regional Investment Offices and Value Assurance for the project.

Full-time on-site leadership of WTP2 Stage 3 and Stage 4 Project Management, which in addition to the Essential Duties described above includes:

  • Direct day to day coordination with EPC provider during early works and construction to ensure performance against scope, schedule, and budget.
  • Ensure business readiness planning and delivery is complete and effective.
  • Develop and implement approach for performance guarantees working with Newmont Projects Supply Chain team.
  • Ensure achievement of water quantity treatment rates, treated water quality criteria, RO recovery targets, and reagent use and sludge quality targets.

Support to other Yanacocha Water Projects 

  • Lend support and advice to other water and closure projects at Yanacocha, and contribute to strategic water and closure planning. 


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

Here is what we would need to see from you!

  • Process, Chemical or Mechanical Engineering degree.
  • PMP Certification strongly preferred.


  • Validated experience operating projects with a total investment cost greater than $500M.
  • 15+ years of experience.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Fluent in both English and Spanish, or eagerness and ability to learn with tutoring provided.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Able to work between 3,000 m to 4,200 m above sea level.
  • Able to travel domestically and internationally (10-30%).
  • Flexible hours to accommodate global meeting times.

Working conditions & location

Where you will be located

  • Stage 2B management – remote within the Americas or on site in Peru, with occasional to frequent travel to site.
  • Stage 3 and 4 – Residential in Cajamarca, Peru.

The salary range offered for this role is $157,420 to 194,460 . 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.

Consistent with Newmont’s values of safety and responsibility, we believe that COVID-19 vaccination is a critical tool to fight this pandemic and protect the health and safety of Newmont’s workforce and the communities in which we work and live. With the wide availability of vaccines in the United States, if you are offered this position, you will have to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccine prior to being hired.  This requirement will be subject to an exemption process, as required by law.  Newmont may update its vaccination policies/requirements at any time in its sole discretion.

Nearest Major Market: Denver