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Principal Geotechnical Engineer - North America


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.

About this role

What will you be responsible for?

You 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, accurately stored and analyzed. You will also ensure operations are executing their established 'Ground Control Management Plans' (GCMPs) and related operating procedures.

In this role you will
  • Maintain a high focus on safety by supervising implementation of field practices at the operations.

Working with operations to:

  • Setup data collection procedures for mapping, logging, testing and monitoring;
  • Appropriate testing programs to determine intact rock and rock mass strength;
  • Guidelines for QC\QA for laboratory testing;
  • Guidance on rock mass and soil classification systems and use;
  • Guidance on database management and data storage;
  • Geotechnical modelling of lithology, alteration, structure, rock mass, groundwater etc.
  • Geotechnical analysis and design using synthetic rock mass, kinematic, limit equilibrium, numerical and probabilistic.
  • Geotechnical monitoring systems and measurement techniques (data collection, storage and analysis).
  • definition of geotechnical parameters required for blasting design and procedures to limit damage to interim or final walls.
  • Establishing procedures for blast final wall damage evaluation and reporting.
  • Mine-to-mill testing in the field for efficiency and relationship to geotechnical parameters.
  • Depressurization techniques and effects on stability.
  • Measurement of how surface water may erode soil slope and foundation monitoring.
  • Setting up training programs for all or any above.
  • 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.
  • Perform peer review of AFE’s and studies relating to the geotechnical aspects of mining operations, to ensure compliance with standards and strategic 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 mentorship on the development and implementation of systems and standards in collaboration with the Global Geotechnical Group.
  • Drive innovation and the development of geotechnical tools that could improve safety and the quality and efficiency of tasks.
  • Mentor regional geotechnical personnel, identify and coordinate their development needs, and assist in the management of their succession plans.
Your training skills and experience checklist
  • 10 years experience in surface and/or underground mining required.
  • M.Sc. Mining/Geotechnical or Geological Engineering.
  • Experience in operations as Chief/Principal Hydrological or Geotechnical Engineer developing teams of 5 or more.

Basic knowledge of:

  • Mine Planning and valuation;
  • Geological modelling;
  • Underground mining;
  • Acid rock classification;
  • Tailings management;
  • Permitting;
  • Water quality discharge requirements;
  • Pumping, pressure and electrical requirement for water reticulation for pits;

Good knowledge of:

  • Ground control plans/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.

Desired experience includes:

  • Overseas work experience.
  • Start-up experience.
  • Experience in project evaluation at various operational stages.
  • Familiarity with business systems and standard office application software.
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong communication network with peers, project managers, mine managers, chief engineers, and JV partner representatives.
  • Strong problem solving and 3D visualization skills.
  • Strong technical writing, group presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • A high level of cultural awareness and sensitivity.
Working Conditions
  • The position will sit in the Denver office.
  • Position requires a minor degree of site travel based on business demands.
  • Working in our inclusive environment, telephone calls or other meetings may take place before and/or after normal local business hours to accommodate other regions' work schedules and priorities

To learn more about Newmont visit us at:

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.

NOTE: Newmont does not ask for or require job applicants to pay money to apply or be considered for employment with the Company. In addition, Newmont does not ask potential job candidates to provide sensitive personal data without first submitting a job application through our secure, online portal, and only as requested for legitimate business purposes.  If you are asked to provide money or sensitive personal data through any other means, do not respond and please report this immediately to it.sec@newmont.com.

Nearest Major Market: Denver