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Director Underground Mine Engineering

Date: Sep 2, 2021

Location: Greenwood Village, CO, US, 80111

Company: Newmont Goldcorp Corporation


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.



  • The Director Underground Mine Engineering has a global scope that covers diverse and sometimes conflicting priorities. This position works in a quasi matrix structure directly reporting to the Senior Director Mine Engineering, but with loose lines to operating site Senior Management, or to Project Directors for Pipeline projects and M&A Targets.


  • The Director Underground Mine Engineering will draw on extensive and broad industry experience to apply diversified engineering techniques to complex situations and as needed rely on first principals, fundamental engineering theory and broad industry knowledge to ensure practical solutions.


  • The Director Underground Mine Engineering is a functional lead for Underground Mine Engineering and is globally responsible for Underground Mine Engineering career path planning, and a key contributor to Underground Mine Engineering standards and guidelines. Additionally, the Director is responsible to ensure supply of underground mine engineering support and peer review for pipeline projects, M&A initiatives, Exploration Targets, and corporate reserves.

Essential Duties

  • Provide visible and felt leadership in support of health safety & security programs and initiatives. Provide assistance and cooperation in other audits, investigations (potentially including investigations of serious accidents); and by involvement in other initiatives,
  • Supply or coordinates mine engineering and mine operations support to existing mine sites on an impromptu pull fashion, either personally or by arranging appropriate support from others, as a specialist resource; in support of substantial programs or initiatives; or in a troubleshooting situation,
  • Work with operating sites to determine and set underground mine engineering standard process by building consensus, through collaboration and benchmarking of best practices, for appropriate standard technical processes across all sites globally,
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and maintenance of strategic process guidelines and best practice; provide technical input grounded in practical knowledge and practices across Newmont’s operations and by effectively communicating with applicable site representatives. Lead periodic evaluations of mine optimization approaches within the organization and offer sound recommendations,
  • Work with the Geological, Metallurgical, Geostatistical and S&ER Functional Leads for alignment of process,
  • Provide underground mining engineering skills to Project Evaluation and M&A Due Diligence Teams, analysing information, investigating discrepancies and make recommendations to assist in decisions regarding potential mergers and acquisitions for Newmont,
  • The Director will provide mine engineering leadership and support to Pipeline projects or Stage Gates, Exploration target analysis, site support, and M&A initiatives as requested,
  • Perform Independent and Peer Review of stage gate work from Order of Magnitude through to Definitive Feasibility, using a seasoned and varied background of experience to thoroughly and objectively assess each project,
  • Support of corporate initiatives will be supplied as needed. Currently support will be supplied to Business Planning, Value Assurance, AFE reviews, Full Potential, and Business Improvement,
  • Work closely with new operations as they transition from Definitive Feasibility into execution to implement appropriate standard technical processes and operating standards, as part of Business Readiness,
  • Additional responsibilities include mine engineering work as needed with an emphasis on unit costing, mine planning, benchmarking and optimization,
  • The Director will ensure adequate affiliation exists with Underground Mine Engineering consultants to ensure a backup supply of skilled Mine Engineers for peak loads,
  • Act as a mentor in developing operating site and mine engineering personnel.


The above duties and responsibilities are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.


Constraints, Framework & Boundaries

The Director Underground Mine Engineering works within Newmont Policies, Standards and industry best practices.   Additional framework may include industry codes from SEC, SME, JORC, and NI 43-101.

Training & Experience

The minimum requirements for the job are:

  • A minimum of 20 years combined mine engineering and operations experience, most at underground operations, including substantial experience in hard rock gold mines,
  • A B.Sc. Mining Engineering or equivalent is essential, an advanced degree is preferred,
  • Experience in supervision of Mine Engineering professional staff and related groups at owner operator mine sites,
  • Experience in senior mine management roles, such as Underground Manager,
  • Overseas work experience preferred, operations start-up experience in remote location desirable,
  • History of practical mine design, planning or other engineering experience. Experience in operations with complex multi mine, multi process situations preferable,  
  • Seasoned knowledge of; mine methods, mine design, production scheduling, equipment selection, reserve estimation, maintenance development and expert systems.  Experienced in both bulk and selective mining methods,
  • Site experience with oxide Au leading and Cu/Au ore bodies,
  • Good level of knowledge of ground control plans, with good understanding of geotechnical methods,  
  • A sound knowledge of ventilation,
  • A working knowledge of hydrology,
  • Detailed knowledge of unit costing methods for budgeting, forecasting, and reserve analysis, knowledge of Xeras a plus,
  • Seasoned experience in project evaluation at all stages from Target ID to Definitive Feasibility, with an emphasis on value and quality analysis,
  • Experience in performing M&A due diligence,
  • Strong problem solving and 3D visualization skills,
  • Extensive experience with permit applications for EIS or equivalent,
  • Knowledge of exploration methods, resource estimation,
  • High level of competence in the use of mine planning software, including optimal techniques and cash flow analysis,
  • Ability to build and maintain strong communications network with peers, Project Managers, Mine Managers, Chief Engineers, and JV partner representatives,
  • Familiarity with business systems and standard office application software,
  • Strong technical writing, group presentation skills, and interpersonal skills including a high degree of cultural sensitivity,
  • Well networked into industry specialists and consultants,
  • Recognized as Qualified Person under codes 43-101, JORC and/or SME,
  • Bilingual skills, or English as a second language a plus.

Working Conditions

The Director Underground Mine Engineering is based at the Palazzo Verde office in Greenwood Village, Colorado.  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 areas.

  • Will be required to access mining and processing areas, rough terrain, or exploration sites.
  • Frequent working at a computer/monitor or keyboard.
  • Hear sufficiently to distinguish various pitches of warning alarms.
  • Must be sensitive to cultural differences at the operations within the Company


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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