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Senior Production Engineer – Pannawonica

Rio Tinto - Pannawonica, WA

Mining, Oil & Gas
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  • Exciting time to join an expanding operation - gain exposure to state-of-the-art technology as the sites transition to a fully autonomous operation
  • Real opportunity to extend your operational leadership experience and advance your career
  • Work for a collaborative and open-minded leader who encourages and supports career growth and development
About The Role

All progress begins with pioneers. At Rio Tinto, it begins with you.

A truly unique opportunity exists for an enthusiastic and motivated Senior Mine Production Engineer to join our dynamic Robe Valley mining operations team. With cutting edge technology at your fingertips and support of the brightest minds in the industry you will guide and mentor a small technical team in order to ensure the safe development and delivery of mine productivity and cost improvement initiatives at our Pannawonica Mesa A and Mesa J sites.

Leading on the frontline is one of the most important jobs in our business and comes with a huge amount of responsibility. We need you to motivate, inspire and keep your people safe and well. With signature leadership training programmes, growing and developing is more than an opportunity – it is something we actively plan and make happen. Every day our leaders grow, while our rosters are designed to help you live the lifestyle that is right for you and your family.

As an integral part of the operational leadership team, this role will allow you to expand your knowledge of all functions within an operational mining environment and gain invaluable experience to continue growing your operational leadership career. This position will suit someone who is curious, passionate about driving continuous change, can embrace out of the box thinking and with the ability to challenge the status quo!

Reporting to the Manager Mine Operations, you will
  • Work closely with the operations team to drive improvement projects with a specific focus on safety, productivity and asset utilisation
  • Collaborate with internal partners across mining technical services, dewatering, fixed plant and mobile equipment maintenance in order to achieve the mine plan
  • Provide coaching, mentoring and support to the mine planning engineers and operations teams to ensure optimisation of the mine plans
  • Utilise accurate data analysis to drive cost reductions and efficiencies
  • Promote a culture of safety and provide input into critical risk management and incident investigation processes
What You’ll Bring

With tertiary qualifications in Mining Engineering or equivalent, you will have demonstrated experience in mine production or technical mining engineering roles within a large open pit mining environment. You will be someone who thrives on a challenge, can think outside of the box and has a good understanding of the fundamental concepts that underpin value in the mining industry. Your exceptional relationship building skills coupled with your ability to engage and collaborate effectively with a diverse range of business partners will also ensure your success in this role.

A manual ‘C’ class driver’s licence will be required and a WA Unrestricted Quarry Manager’s Certificate or the ability to obtain one will be well regarded. Prior experience with autonomous haulage systems will also be advantageous.

What We Offer
  • A supportive and inclusive community environment
  • Flexibility to choose the lifestyle that suits you – FIFO or residential living in Pannawonica
  • Comprehensive relocation assistance, heavily subsidised company housing, annual holiday travel allowance and other lifestyle benefits for employees seeking a residential arrangement
  • Career development & education assistance to further your technical or leadership ambitions
  • A competitive base salary reflective of your skills and experience with annual incentive program
  • Comprehensive medical benefits including subsidised private health insurance for employees and immediate family
  • Attractive employee share scheme, extensive salary sacrifice and salary packaging options, and exclusive employee discount schemes
  • Leave for all of life’s reasons (vacation/annual, paid parental, sick leave)
About Rio Tinto

Every idea, every innovation, every little thing the world calls ‘progress’ begins with a first step, and someone willing to take it explorers, inventors, entrepreneurs. Pioneers.

For nearly 150 years, Rio Tinto has been a company of pioneers – generations of people spanning the globe, all with the grit and vision to produce materials essential to human progress. Our iron ore has shaped skylines from Shanghai to Sydney. Our aluminium – the world’s first to be certified “responsible” – helps planes fly and makes cars lighter. Our copper helps wind turbines power cities and our boron helps feed the world and explore the universe. Our diamonds help us celebrate the best parts of life.

Where you will be working

Based at our Robe Valley operations, working across both the Pannawonica Mesa A and Mesa J sites this position allows you the unique opportunity to choose the lifestyle that suits you!

Whilst typically offered on a FIFO arrangement, candidates specifically seeking a residential position are also encouraged to apply. Pannawonica is in the scenic Pilbara region of Western Australia within close driving distance to the major centre of Karratha and renowned tourist destinations such as Millstream National Park, Exmouth, Onslow and Coral Bay. This vibrant community offers a sought-after laid-back lifestyle and heavily subsidised housing and utilities.

Every voice matters

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, the LGBTI+ community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.

We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome – they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us different.

Apply today if you want to work with the latest technology and innovation, in an environment where we challenge you to drive positive change.

This role is for applicants residing in or willing to permanently relocate to Western Australia. Rio Tinto offers Fly in and fly out options from Perth, our regional FIFO hubs and the opportunity to live in our residential towns where applicable.

Applications close on Sunday 13th June (Rio Tinto reserves the right to remove advertised roles prior to this date)