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Senior Engineer, Tailings & Water Management


Greenwood Village, 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 Senior Engineer, Tailings & Water Management, works with the Director, Tailings & Water Management within the Technical Services Team based in Denver, Colorado. The role will provide professional leadership and expert tailings storage facility (TSF), dams and site-wide water management mentorship and operational support to our global mining operations.
  • The Senior Engineer, Tailings & Water Management, will serve as a company resource for geotechnical and water-related information and analysis, providing centralized technical services across our global portfolio. The position will work as part of our Corporate Tailings & Water Management 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 Senior Engineer, Tailings & Water Management, 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 water 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 safety reviews, including supporting sites in addressing identified recommendations. (25%)
  • Develop and implement tools/processes to provide improved management of our tailings facilities and other site dams, including ensuring that relevant company standards, guidelines and proposed model practices are applied to tailings management and water management. This includes active participation in risk assessments. (25%)
  • 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. (25%)
  • Provide mentorship to operating sites for critical planning of site waste and water management with a long-term view, including evaluation and implementation of improved technologies or innovative solutions. (15%)
  • Mentor, train and develop team members with regard to tailings and water management. (10%)


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!

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


  • Minimum 10 years of proven experience.
  • Consulting experience is preferred.
  • Experience in tailings and/or water dam design, construction, management, operation and closure.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated strong technical writing, group presentation and interpersonal 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.
  • Work in a potentially stressful environment.
  • Ability to develop and maintain awareness of occupational hazards and safety of yourself and others.
Working conditions and location

Where you will be located!

  • The position is located in the Denver corporate office.
  • Performance of the work requires travel (15-30% 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 sites.

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