VACANCY: Mine Design and Planning Engineer


Date:  Nov 22, 2021Location:  

Accra, GA, GH (Ghana)

Newmont Mining Corporation is a leading global gold producer with key assets in Nevada, Peru, Australia, Ghana and Suriname.

Newmont’s Africa Operations holds two gold mining operations in Ghana: the Ahafo Mine located in the Brong-Ahafo region and the Akyem Mine located in the Eastern region. There is also near mine exploration and development focus in Ghana to annually replace gold reserves. Newmont Africa also has early-stage exploration programs in the African countries of Ethiopia and Morocco.

Our Africa operations employ approximately 5,900 employees and contractors, with the majority working at the Ahafo Mine. We offer an unparalleled blend of opportunity and career satisfaction with all the benefits you would expect from a global company. This, combined with our growth opportunities, makes Newmont a great company to work.

Our Akyem and Ahafo mines have made significant sustainable community development investments in our host communities. These include establishing Development Funds at our Akyem and Ahafo operational areas with each mine contributing US$1 per ounce of gold sold and 1% of net pre-tax annual profit into its community development fund.

The only gold company listed in the S&P 500 index, Newmont 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 our Africa operations’ high standards in environmental management, health and safety for our workforce and creating value and opportunity for our employees, host communities and Newmont’s shareholders.

Additional Responsibilities:

About This Role

  • To support the delivery of long term mine planning work packages for Newmont’s underground and / or open pit operations. This includes long term planning aspects of business planning, support of site based studies, projects, Full Potential and Strategic Resource Development (SRD) activities.

In This Role You Will:

Health, Safety and Environment

  • Deliver own prescribed outcomes and/or provide support services by applying Newmont’s Health, Safety and Environment systems, policies and protocols.
  • Accept personal responsibility for the health and safety of all mine engineers under or assigned to his/her supervision.
  •  Meet Long Term Planning (LTP) objectives and conform to Newmont mining standards, geotechnical and operational physical standards to promote safe mining operations within legislative guidelines.
  • Provide visible and felt leadership in support of health, safety, security and sustainability and external relations (S&ER) programs. 
  • Conduct periodic safety meetings and inspections.

Long-Term Planning Execution 

  • Conduct economic evaluations on mid to long term development and stopping layouts and / or open pit pushbacks.
  • Execute LTP standard procedures, guidelines, standards, best practices and planning improvement initiatives at the site, including consideration of safety in design.
  •  Support and collaborate with the site mine planning teams in the generation of the 0 to 2 years portion of the business plan to ensure a single integrated life of asset business plan for the site as part of bridge planning.
  • Liaise with geology and geotechnical engineers to determine and apply design criteria for the mine being designed.
  • Liaise with the SME function for specific technical expertise not available at site and for peer review of work packages delivered.
  • Support site projects and studies work and support strategic components of full potential and Strategic Resource Development (SRD) work as required.
  • Draw on experiences in open pit and/or underground mining to ensure the long term deliverables are considering and applying diversified engineering techniques.
  • Review the mine planning aspects of the sites’ Business Planning inputs, processes and outcomes.
  • Verify budgets and costs for regional business planning.
  • Support the regional implementation of Xeras cost modelling, optimization and other corporate initiatives.
  • Contribute to the regional value assurance process.
  • Compile sections of mining reports for study documentation and annual reserves and resources reporting. 
  • Generate of reliable, timely and well communicated long term planning work packages.

Additional Responsibilities:

Mine Planning

  • Develop Life of Mine (LOM) scenario plan to safely, efficiently and cost effectively determine the future mining feasibilities of the Africa Region by assisting:
    • LOM Scheduling (mining sequencing).
    • LOM Metal Process Blending.
    • LOM Cost Modeling with Xeras.
    • Provide technical expertise to all Mine Planning teams in the region to enable full optimization of mining operations.
    • Determine the final numbers of the LOM Mine plan.
    • Produce the high level LOM Cost model.
    • Determine the final outputs of the LOM cost model.
  • Long term supporting facilities (leach pads, waste dumps, Underground facilities etc.) design and scheduling.
  • Develop the stockpile strategy plan.
  • Communicate to the mine site and wider region the developed LOM scenario plan mining assumptions and LOM mining plan and costs.
  • Liaise with the site planning team to ensure plans are aligned to overall site strategies.

Tool Management

  • Initiate pit optimization and ensure alignment with current site parameters.
  • Utilize the MineSight pit expansion tool to design or redesign/modify pits, dumps and stockpiles.
  • Use Minemax scheduler for strategic mine planning.
  • Use Xeras cost modeler for scenario planning cost modeling.

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