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Senior Operational Intelligence Specialist

Date:  Sep 10, 2022

Vancouver, BC, CA (Canada)


Founded in 1921 Newmont Mining Corporation is one of the largest gold mining companies in the world. Newmont prides itself on safety and embraces diversity, engages employees, fosters innovation, rewards high performance and develops great leaders.

What will you be responsible for?



  • The Senior Operational Intelligence Specialist is responsible for developing value-adding solutions and applications using the AVEVA/OsiSoft PI application suite. The primary application used to generate the value is the PI Asset Framework, supported by PI Vision visualizations.
  • The incumbent’s role is to design, deploy and support ongoing development of various analytical functions and associated dashboards. The solutions are focused on the value levers of throughput increases, recovery increases and operating cost reductions. The solutions are predominantly focused on control system and process control initiatives, but also support other fields where the PI Asset Framework engine is the appropriate underlying application.
  • The incumbent provides PI configuration standards governance and maintains the global specifications for all PI application development. The incumbent is to ensure that PI power-users across the business are aware of and adhere to the global PI specifications. The incumbent is also responsible to ensure that standard methodologies are shared among the Newmont PI user-base, and that value-adding solutions are replicated across equivalent use-cases wherever practical.
  • The incumbent shall work with the IT applications infrastructure team to report on PI system availability metrics, and to continuously improve processes around version upgrades, patching, stability and integrity of the entire PI application suite.
  • The incumbent continuously supervises the efficiency and effectiveness of all configured PI Analytics configured across PI instances globally. The incumbent is accountable for any degradation in performance of the PI analysis function. The incumbent is to act as an escalation point for diagnosing and rectifying issues with previously developed applications and solutions using the PI application suite.
  • The incumbent is required to mentor and develop site and regional control system, metallurgy and other power-users on PI application development best-practice. The incumbent will be responsible for granting power-users appropriate levels of system access whilst maintaining the framework for standard permission levels.
  • The incumbent will have a solid understanding of the gold processing value-chain, and be able to find opportunities for improvements with metallurgy, process, process control or data visualization based initiatives. The incumbent should be able to communicate technically and competently across all levels in processing facilities globally up to and including the site process managers.
  • The incumbent is required to participate in the global fixed plant control system community where lessons learned and standard methodologies are shared. 
  • This position covers multiple sites and regions and is based out of the Denver head office. Qualified candidates living in Toronto, Vancouver or in proximity to one of our North America operations will also be considered. The position reports to the Manager, Process Control & Operational Intelligence.

Here is a snapshot of what your day to day will look like:



  • We evaluate the business case and subsequent development of high-value analytical solutions and associated visualizations.
  • We identify and/or support new high value opportunities through the monitoring of process plant and process control performance from within the PI application suite.
  • We develop and continuously improve global specifications for best-practice PI application development, hierarchy organization and analysis monitoring.
  • We develop and maintain metrics to report on the health and availability of the PI application suite
  • We maintain the efficiency, reliability and integrity of all developed PI applications and analysis
  • We solve and diagnose PI system faults and reporting
  • We participate in the fixed plant control community of practice.


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




  • Tertiary engineering qualification in process/metallurgical/chemical engineering, software, statistics, data science or control systems.




  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in process improvement, with significant operations experience
  • Very solid understanding of OsiSoft PI historian and PI asset-framework systems is critical
  • High level understanding of the following elements:
  • Process engineering, particularly hydrometallurgy and materials handling
  • Process modelling and analytics
  • Statistical and mathematical analysis
  • Visualization and dashboarding
  • Metallurgical accounting and reporting
  • An understanding of programming practices
  • Interrogation and efficient reporting of SQL and other databases


Skills and Abilities:


  • Advanced computer literacy (word, excel, databases, statistical tools)
  • Strong troubleshooting and problem solving ability
  • High attention to detail and effective communication
  • Ability to mentor and influence technical resources regionally and globally
  • Ability to interact competently with stakeholders at different levels up to and including site process managers
  • Ability to work effectively with site and broader control system teams
  • Familiarity with data security standard methodologies
  • Understanding of Business Improvement concepts
  • Understand value drivers and economics of mining and mineral processing

Working Conditions & Location


  • The working arrangement is a hybrid of working at home and in the regional office supplemented with domestic and international site visits.
  • The position reports through to our Denver headquarters. Toronto and Vancouver based candidates will be considered and should apply. 
  • Candidates interested in relocation to Denver, or in proximity to one of our North or South American regional offices are also encouraged to apply.

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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.


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