Mobile Maintenance Superintendent

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Date: Jan 7, 2019

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

Company: Kinross Gold Corporation

Fort Knox is an open-pit gold mine located near Fairbanks, Alaska in one of the largest gold producing areas of the state. It is mined by conventional open-pit methods, with ore processed at a mill and heap leach facility. Fort Knox has one of the few cold weather heap leach facilities in the world.


**Fort Knox is not a camp mine**

Job Description

Lead the execution of the long-term strategy for mobile maintenance function. Formulates short and intermediate-term business plans, ensuring alignment with the organization's overall strategy. Ensure continued growth of maintenance, to maximize operational efficiencies and profitability, and to cultivate exceptional stakeholder and employee satisfaction.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop, execute, and ensure short- and intermediate-term succession management strategies support the effectiveness of the maintenance function; ensure strategies are concretely linked to the organization’s long-term strategy.
  • Monitor, analyze, and implement changes to ensure maintenance is preventative, predictive, and proactive.
  • Formulate the annual operating and capital budgets for the maintenance function consistent with the established financial guidelines and business planning process.
  • Identify strategies and key performance goals and act as an advisor to direct reports; work to overcome challenges and barriers and minimize risk.
  • Set performance targets and measure, monitor, and manage overall performance of the maintenance function and direct reports.
  • Identify succession role requirements and high potential talent, and actively develop key talent.
  • Supervise multi-craft supervisors and maintain acceptable equipment availabilities in a safe manner to meet the company's production goals.
  • Manage and evaluate the job performance of the Mobile Maintenance Supervisor(s) concerning safety, production, mechanical / electrical training and development, and supervisory skills.
  • Work closely with the Mine Maintenance Planner to schedule equipment repairs and replacement.
  • Maintain accurate records and files concerning all facets of mine maintenance including safety meetings, attendance, vacation, scheduling, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, and accidents.
  • Oversee safety compliance and make certain all maintenance programs or activities are in accordance with corporate, site, and MSHA safety regulations.
  • Review documentation of accidents, injuries, and equipment damage and recommend preventative strategies as necessary.
  • Possess knowledge of all phases of mobile equipment including critical components and change-out hours.
  • Prepare monthly summaries of maintenance activities and individual reports as required. Maintain a daily log.
  • Oversee the productivity, performance standards, and cost controls of the Mobile Maintenance Department.
  • Consistent exercise of discretion and judgment in job performance.
  • Responsible for conducting performance evaluations, recommending promotions, and carrying out corrective actions as needed.
  • Review documentation of accidents, injuries, and equipment damage and recommend prevention strategies as necessary.
  • Punctuality and regular attendance is required.
  • Meet or exceed established performance expectations set by management.
  • Compliance with all company policies and procedures including, but not limited to, safety, confidentiality, and environmental policies.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license issued by the state.
  • Work safely in all areas, identify potential safety hazards, and work with management to correct them.
  • Work without significant risk of harm to self and others.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred.  Employee must have sufficient education to read and write instructions, perform simple mathematical calculations, and keep records.
  • Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering is helpful.
  • Five to eight years of related work experience, including, but not limited to, three years’ experience maintenance planning and two years of front line supervision.
  • Excellent understanding of contract maintenance, vendor, and contractor warranties.
  • Complete understanding of mine and maintenance operations (which usually requires seven to ten years’ experience).
  • Strong verbal, written, analytical and persuasive skills and the ability to interact effectively with all levels of employees and management.
  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to work with others in a team environment.
  • May work holidays, shift work, and weekends.


  • Ability to function within the qualifications outlined in the physical demands sheets.
  • Good working knowledge and skill with a P.C. utilizing word processing and spreadsheet programs.
  • Ability to work independently and also as a member of the management team.
  • Strong verbal, written, analytical and persuasive skills and the ability to interact effectively with all levels of employees and management.

Reporting Relationships

• Reports to the site Operations Manager.

Career Framework and Level

Accountability (OM1)

Knowledge (OM1)

Leadership (OM1)

Complexity (OM1)

Impact (OM1)

Legislative Requirements

US work permit required

Language Requirements


Travel Requirements

Travel not required, only exceptionally

Kinross is a Canadian-based gold mining company with mines and projects in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Chile, Russia, Ghana and Mauritania, employing approximately 9,300 people worldwide. Our core purpose is to lead the world in generating value through responsible mining.

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