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Principal Geotechnical Engineer

Date:  Jan 5, 2021

Englewood, 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.


The Principal Geotechnical Engineer works in a quasi matrix structure directly reporting to the Sr. Director Geotechnical & Hydrology, within the Technical Services Team based in Denver.

The Principal Geotechnical Engineer will work with the existing open pit and underground mine sites within the North American Region and regional projects to establish the systems and procedures are in-place so that the relevant geotechnical data is collected, properly stored and analysed. Principal Geotechnical Engineer will also ensure operations are executing their established Ground Control Management Plans (GCMPs) and related operating procedures.

The Principal Geotechnical Engineer will work in the development of the analysis tools, as needed, to support the operations as well as facilitating technology and knowledge transfer to the mining operations.

The Principal Geotechnical Engineer will work together with the Corporate Global Geotechnical Group to ensure that cross-functional constraints, goals, opportunities and risks are accounted for, and a full and transparent path forward is mapped for current operating problems, stage gate projects and new mines. Additionally the Principal Geotechnical Engineer will be responsible for ensuring geotechnical standards and acceptable practices are applied to:

  • Mine Planning,
  • Mine Operations,
  • Dewatering,
  • Blasting,
  • Water management (as it relates to geotechnical stability),
  • Tailings management, as it relates to geotechnical stability,
  • Heap leach pad and waste rock facility stability.

The Principal Geotechnical Engineer works with the operations to increase bench strength and mentoring of less experienced members of this global fraternity.


Essential Duties


Maintain a high focus on safety by monitoring implementation of field practices at the operations.

  • Setting up training programs for all or any above.
  • soil slope and foundation monitoring;
  • measurement of how surface water may erode slope/soil;
  • depressurization techniques and effects on stability;
  • mine-to-mill testing in the field for throughput and relationship to geotechnical parameters;
  • establishing procedures for blast final wall damage evaluation and reporting;
  • definition of geotechnical parameters required for blasting design and procedures to limit damage to interim or final walls;
  • geotechnical monitoring systems and measurement techniques (data collection, storage and analysis);
  • geotechnical analysis and design using synthetic rock mass, kinematic, limit equilibrium, numerical, probabilistic etc.;
  • geotechnical modelling of lithology, alteration, structure, rock mass, groundwater etc.;
  • guidance on database management and data storage;
  • guidance on rock mass and soil classification systems and use;
  • guidelines for QC\QA for laboratory testing;
  • appropriate testing programs to determine intact rock and rock mass strength;
  • setup of data collection procedures for mapping, logging, testing and monitoring;


Work with operating sites to define and setup a review mechanism of the Ground Control Management Plan to assess risks, for both underground and open pit operations.

Review quality control aspects of geotechnical processes at Newmont NA Mining operations, provide feedback and assist with corrective actions.

Supply geotechnical engineering support to existing mine sites on an impromptu pull fashion.

Perform peer review of AFE’s and studies relating to the geotechnical aspects of mining operations, to ensure compliance with standards and future directions in hydrological and geotechnical engineering process.

Identify geotechnical ideas that will provide improved returns and advise the business on the best actions to realise the benefits.

Provide expert input to the development and implementation of systems and standards for geotechnical aspects of mining operations in collaboration with the Global Geotechnical Group.

Drive innovation and the development of geotechnical tools that could improve safety and the quality and productivity of tasks.

Mentor regional geotechnical personnel, identify and coordinate their development needs, and assist in the management of their succession plans.




Training & Experience

In excess of 10 years of experience in surface and/or underground mining.

M.Sc. Mining/Geotechnical or Geological Engineering.

Experience in operations as Chief or Principal Hydrological or Geotechnical Engineer with groups of at least 5 professional staff.

Good knowledge of:

Ground control plans for open pit and/or underground;

Geotechnical methods and design for open pit and/or underground;

Geotechnical instrumentation and analysis;

Surface water management

Dewatering and depressurization;

Risk assessment.

First hand site experience dealing with major geotechnical failures.

Basic knowledge of:

Mine Planning and valuation;

Geological modelling;

Underground mining;

Acid rock classification;

Tailings management;


Working Conditions

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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.

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Nearest Major Market: Denver