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Principal Geotechnical Engineer

Date: Feb 1, 2019

Location: Miami, FL, US

Company: Newmont Mining Corporation


Founded in 1921 Newmont Mining Corporation is one of the largest gold mining companies in the world.   The North American region consists of multiple surface and underground operations spread throughout Northern Nevada and our Cripple Creek and Victor Mine in Colorado.

Newmont prides itself on safety and embraces diversity, engages employees, fosters innovation, rewards high performance and develops great leaders.



The Principal Geotechnical Engineer works in a quasi matrix structure directly reporting to the Principal Advisor Mining, within the Operations Services Team based in Miami.

The Principal Geotechnical Engineer will work with the existing open pit and underground mine sites within the South 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 analyzed. 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 standards and acceptable practices are applied to:

Mine Planning,

Mine Operations,



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.
  • Working with operations to:
    • setup of 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, probabilistic etc.;
    • 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 throughput and relationship to geotechnical parameters;
    • depressurization techniques and effects on stability;
    • measurement of how surface water may erode slope/soil;
    • 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 SA 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

The minimum requirements for the job are:

  • In excess of 10 years of experience in surface and/or underground mining.
  • M.Sc. Mining/Geotechnical or Geological Engineering.
  • Spanish language skills preferred.
  • 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;
    • Permitting;
    • Water quality discharge requirements;
    • Pumping, pressure and electrical requirement for water reticulation for pits;
    • Underground geotechnical instrumentation and analysis.


Desired experience includes:

  • Overseas work experience in 1st, 2nd and 3rd world countries.
  • Start-up experience.
  • Experience in Project Evaluation at the Feasibility to ongoing 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.
  • A high level of cultural awareness and sensitivity.

Working Conditions

The Principal Geotechnical Engineer is based at the Newmont SA Regional office in Miami.  Performance of the work requires travel (30-50% of work time) to domestic and international operations. Travel can be at a moments notice to overseas or domestic locations, including Newmont and Non-Newmont locations and Greenfield sites

For more information on 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, ethnicity, 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

Nearest Major Market: Miami

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