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Integrated Water Planning and Tailings Lead

Date: Feb 4, 2019

Location: Greenwood Village, CO, US, 80111

Company: Newmont Mining Corporation


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.



  • The Integrated Water and Tailings Planning lead provides guidelines and technical support to internal stakeholders (e.g., Operations, Projects, Sustainability & External Relations (S&ER), Corporate Development , etc.) for all Newmont issues related to water planning including:
    • Planning water related data collection.
    • Support delivery of Newmont’s water strategy by working collaboratively with sites and regions to develop water management plans that meet agreed upon targets.
    • Developing plans to estimate water quantity and quality impacts for permit requests and discussions with external stakeholders.
    • Facilitating discussions to resolve water issues with stakeholders.
    • Developing water management strategies, site wide water balances, and water related design criteria for construction, operations, and closure.
    • Planning options analysis and justifying investments for water management systems.
    • Developing plans for new water management systems (e.g., mine, waste rock, heap leach, process, tailings, treatment, supply, sediment control, etc.), for improving existing water management systems, and for closing water management systems.
    • Evaluating water related risks and developing mitigation plans for projects, operations, and potential M&A targets.
    • Estimating operating and capital costs for water management systems.
    • Developing and staffing water planning related organizations and mentoring staff.
    • Interacting with internal and external water related subject matter experts.
    • Management of tailings facilities.

Essential Duties

  • Demonstrate proactive leadership in achieving a global Newmont culture of Health and Safety.
  • Build and regularly update the strategic plan (i.e., vision, mission, and objectives) for the Integrated Water Planning and Tailings lead with input from key regional and corporate stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain solid relationships with key regional stakeholders related to water planning and tailings management through site visits and follow-up communication.
  • Develop and maintain solid relationships with key corporate stakeholders related to water planning and establish a regular meeting schedule to discuss water planning and tailings management strategies and standards.
  • Supply water planning and tailings management support to operations and projects on an impromptu pull fashion.
  • Work with existing mine sites to ensure that water and tailings management policies, standards and processes are developed, where appropriate.
  • Work closely with each operation to develop sustainable water management programs that reflect current and future mine plans, and maximize water value.
  • Work closely with projects to develop water management plans and provide water planning and tailings management support.
  • Preparation of water and tailings management guidelines that support implementation of Newmont’s Water Management and Tailings Management Standards.
  • Clear communication of deliverables, delivery dates and budgets to the partners seeking the services of Integrated Water Planning and Tailings Management.  Integrated Water Planning is required to determine the priorities and manage the work so that these deliverables, delivery dates, and budgets are met or any changes are proactively communicated to the partners as early as possible.
  • Collecting industry best practices and sharing these with mine sites where this could be applicable. Monitoring trends and industry to anticipate future opportunities and risks, and facilitate technology and knowledge transfer between operations in the areas of Hydrology, Hydrogeology, and Geotechnical Engineering.
  • Work with each mine site and technical office for technical development for all hydrological staff from 104 grade level and higher. This will include facilitating the inter site transfer of staff when appropriate. Additionally, any high potential employees below grade level 104 should be catered for.
  • Additional to Career Technical Development, active mentoring of global staff in the areas of Hydrology and Water Management will be undertaken.

Training & Experience

The minimum requirements for the job are:

  • M.Sc. Mining/Civil/Geotechnical or Hydrogeological Engineering.
  • Over 15 years of experience in mine water management planning, tailings management, hydraulic modeling and operations, including experience in management of staff for operations and large projects.
  • Strong inter-personal and leadership skills with experience in planning integrated water and tailings management systems with numerous stakeholders.
  • Experience in management of complex water management systems including open pit mines, waste rock facilities, tailings facilities, process facilities, treatment facilities, water storage facilities, and sediment control facilities.
  • Extensive experience in developing cost and productivity models for water management plans and budgets.
  • Good knowledge of:
    • Surface water routing and management (quality and quantity of flow)
    • Surface water control plans for open pits, waste rock facilities, heap leach pads, tailings impoundments, plant sites, and water supply reservoirs;
    • Surface water instrumentation and analysis;
    • Water treatment;
    • Site wide water balances;
    • Risk assessment;
    • Catchment studies;
    • Closure requirements.

Basic knowledge of:

  • Full mining business cycle from exploration to project to operations to closure.
  • Mine Planning and valuation;
  • Impacts to water quality (e.g. acid rock, blasting, etc.);
  • Permitting and S&ER issues;
  • Water quality discharge requirements;
  • Determination of storm events, rainfall-runoff coefficients, and flow attenuation.

Desired experience includes:

  • Overseas work experience in 1st, 2nd and 3rd world countries.
  • Start-up experience.
  • Experience in Project Evaluation at the Feasibility to on-going operations stages.
  • Well networked into industry specialists and consultants.
  • Familiarity with business systems and standard office application software.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong communications 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 including cultural sensitivity.

Working Conditions

The Integrated Water Planning and Tailings Lead is based at the corporate office in Greenwood Village, Colorado or at a regional office globally.  Performance of the work requires travel (30-50% of work time) 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 areas.

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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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