Senior Drill & Blast Engineer


Senior Drill & Blast Engineer

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Job Position: Senior Drill & Blast Engineer

Company: De Beers Group

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Location: Northwest Territories

Senior Drill & Blast Engineer Job Details:

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Company DescriptionBe part of the team. The team that makes it happen.We are the world’s leading diamond company, powered by thousands of people around the world who are driven to support thriving local communities, protect the natural environment, and stand with women and girls, focused on Building Forever.If you like chasing demanding targets, thrive on making decisions in the pursuit of brilliance, and enjoy the support of the world’s finest experts, we have a place for you.Job DescriptionDe Beers Group has a full-time, permanent opportunity for a Senior Drill & Blast Engineer within the Mine Operations department at the Gahcho Kue Mine located in the Northwest Territories. Reporting to the Mine Engineering Superintendent and working a two (2) week in / two (2) week out rotation, this is a crucial role in providing direct technical input to drive operational decisions at Gahcho Kue. The ideal candidate is one who is committed to safe working practices and strives for zero harm.Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead mine operations projects and drill and blast technical team with direct impact to bottom line production and costs;
  • Optimize the mine pit drill and blast and mine designs aiming to improve ore extraction and balance waste stripping ratio with long-term mine planning requirements;
  • Support Mine Operations Superintendent and operations team to execute short-term mine requirements;
  • Lead the development of blast plan packages working with key site stakeholders to ensure GK process and procedures are followed;
  • Support optimisation of short-range schedules and designs, through application of sound engineering design scheduling methods;
  • Drive a continuous improvement culture within the Mine Engineering department through leadership and coordination of projects and activities;
  • Conduct project planning, budgeting and forecasting of required materials and supplies for the operations. This includes reporting on progress and analysis of key performance indicators;
  • Data analysis and trade-off studies to improve several areas of planning (drill and blast, dewatering, pit slope and production);
  • Reconcile & review demonstrated performance data with planning inputs to identify and recommend actions for improvement opportunities proactively;
  • Assisting production staff in the completion of projects wherever necessary;
  • Assist with the design and implementation of strategies, forecasting, and long-term plans for the mine site.

Reporting to the Mine Engineering Superintendent, the role is based in the Mine Operations department. This is a site-based position with a 14 days in/14 days out rotation and is a permanent position.Qualifications

  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience in drill and blast, mine planning, and mine operations field experience;
  • Strong focus on systems and processes improvement;
  • Proven experience in supervising small technical teams or mine operation teams;
  • Strong background in open pit optimization and data driven analysis;
  • Ability to drive accountability and achieve results;
  • Ability to communicate, share information and seek input from different teams;
  • Experience producing, developing and presenting reports;
  • Planning, time management, and problem-solving skills;
  • Engineering Degree or equivalent;
  • Experience working at a remote mine site and in a cross-cultural work environment.

Desired Assets:

  • Previous experience in open pit mining;
  • Ability to manage and lead a team to be high performing with previous experience/tangible results;
  • Experience in Geotech and/or dewatering planning;
  • Advanced skills with Deswik mine planning/scheduling or other software.

Leadership and Competencies:

  • Strong safety performance record and ability to implement established safety systems;
  • Advanced knowledge of mine design, optimization and scheduling software as well as the Microsoft Office suite;
  • Strategic thinker who seeks opportunities to improve personal and organizational performance.
  • Decision-making and problem solving;
  • Conflict & Change management;
  • Stakeholder management;
  • Diversity management;
  • Leading and supervising small to medium sized teams;
  • Talent Optimisation and proven results in motivating others;
  • Delegation;
  • Negotiation;
  • Collaboration.

Required qualifications in a Mining related discipline and extensive experience in open pit mining. It is envisaged that you have proven experience with mine planning, scheduling, mine design and planning. Coupled with this, the successful candidate will be a strategic thinker with superior reasoning and problem-solving skills, and excellent interpersonal skills.Additional InformationWho We Are:Active in Canada for over 60 years, we are part of De Beers Group, the world’s leading diamond company. Globally, we are a team of more than 20,000 people, with operations in Canada, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, and activities across the diamond value chain from exploration to diamond jewelry retail. Our unwavering focus on sustainability and Building Forever fuels our commitment to advance standards across the diamond industry, protect the natural world, partner with local communities, and accelerate economic inclusion to support diversity in our business and beyond.In Canada, we have more than 600 employees working at offices in Calgary, Toronto and Yellowknife, actively exploring for new diamond opportunities, recovering diamonds at the joint venture Gahcho Kué mine in the Northwest Territories, and closing and rehabilitating two mines. We are also advancing the Chidliak Project to establish a technologically advanced diamond mine on Baffin Island using FutureSmart Mining™ principles.At De Beers, we believe in the power of working in partnership with communities to create lasting, positive impacts that endure long after we recover the last diamond. Our inclusive and diverse workplace values mining with respect for the environment and nearby communities, and we seek team players who share our passion for Making Life Brilliant.SafetySafety first is a way of life for us. We are unconditional about the safety, health, and the well-being of our colleagues, at work and at home, and about that of the communities where we work. We aim to lead the industry by investing in innovation to protect people, who are at the heart of our business. Our high performing teams take accountability for their own and others’ actions, work collaboratively, and always show care and respect.Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI)As a global #HeForShe Thematic Champion, De Beers is committed to promoting an equitable, inclusive, and diverse workplace where we value and respect every colleague for who they are. We provide equality of opportunity to enable everyone to fulfil their potential. Please inform us should there be any special requirements that should be considered as part of your application.Building foreverSustainability is at the heart of our decision-making – it is how we do business. Building Forever is key to our purpose as it represents our ambitious and holistic sustainability framework and is central to our ability to deliver long-term value to our communities and partners. This shapes how we protect our social and environmental license to operate, build a long-term legacy in our host communities and earn consumers’ trust in our diamonds that they can wear with pride.Inclusion & DiversityWe are committed to promoting an inclusive and diverse workplace where we value and respect every colleague for who they are. We provide equality of opportunity to enable everyone to fulfil their potential.ReferralThis opportunity is open to a paid referral incentive according to the Employee Referral Policy (HRM.AD.21.00). Referral incentives are applicable to De Beers Group internal employees only.Background ChecksSuccessful candidates will be required to complete background screening which may include a criminal check and validation of qualifications.#LI-MT1

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