Engineering Manager

Date: Nov 4, 2022

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Company: Kinross Gold Corporation

Start Date: ASAP

Hybrid Work Environment (3 days in office, 2 days remote with flexible hours)

Dress Code: Business Casual

Location: Downtown Toronto, Outside of Union Station (TTC & GO accessible)

A Great Place to Work

Who We Are

Kinross is a Canadian-based global senior gold mining company with operations and projects in the United States, Brazil, Mauritania, Chile and Canada. Our focus on delivering value is based on our four core values of Putting People First, Outstanding Corporate Citizenship, High Performance Culture, and Rigorous Financial Discipline. Kinross maintains listings on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol:K) and the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:KGC).

 

Mining responsibly is a priority for Kinross, and we foster a culture that makes responsible mining and operational success inseparable. In 2021, Kinross committed to a greenhouse gas reduction action plan as part of its Climate Change strategy, reached approximately 1 million beneficiaries through its community programs, and recycled 80% of the water used at our sites. We also achieved record high levels of local employment, with 99% of total workforce from within host countries, and advanced inclusion and diversity targets, including instituting a Global Inclusion and Diversity Leadership Council.

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Great Bear Project

In March, 2022 Kinross acquired Great Bear Resources and its flagship Great Bear project, located near Red Lake, Ontario.  The Great Bear property is a greenfield, large-scale deposit with the potential for significant open pit and underground operations. Kinross intends to develop the project according to the following industry-standard sequence:

  • Internal Scoping Study: Current work-in-progress expected to be complete by the end of 2022.  The scoping study will determine a development parameter envelope, provide critical inputs for permitting requirements, and will define the scope of work, objectives and screening criteria for the next phase, the Pre-feasibility Study (PFS)
     
  • PFS: The PFS will be developed during 2023 and will develop a number of different development scenarios.  Specific Trade-off-studies will be identified and executed out within some of the scenarios.  In the analysis stage the scenarios will be ranked according to economic and risk/reward criteria.  Sensitivity analyses will be carried out to examine the robustness of the ranking.   The end result of the PFS will be a single, preferred development scenario, and an updated execution timeline, cost estimate and economic model.  The PFS will also set the parameters for the next phase, the Feasibility Study (FS)
     
  • FS: Assuming a favourable outcome from the PFS Kinross will then execute a Feasibility Study, starting in early 2024.  The FS will develop the project scope and design so that a detailed execution plan can be developed.  A risk evaluation will be carried out, and then the execution plan timeline established.  Once the design and execution plan are sufficiently developed, an FS capital cost estimate will be prepared.  Mine plans, production plans and operating cost estimates will be developed and optimised.  A revised economic model will be prepared and the result offered up to support a GO/NO-GO investment decision.
     
  • Execution: Assuming a favourable outcome to the FS, and a positive investment decision the Great Bear Project is expected to move into the Execution Phase in 2025 or 2026 with detailed engineering and procurement.

The Project Team and The Position

The Great Bear Project Team will comprise fulltime Kinross employees, supported by engineering companies and consultant technical experts.  The Project Team will be led by the VP & Project Director – Great Bear Project. 

The position of Engineering Manager will report to the Project Director, and is expected to be employed for the duration of the project from PFS through Execution, start-up and handover.  From time-to-time the Engineering Manager may also be required to lend support to other activities within the corporation’s portfolio of operating mines and project sites.  Given the growth potential of Kinross’ portfolio it is likely (but not guaranteed) that the Engineering manager would be offered further assignments after the completion of Great Bear.

The position is based in Toronto with occasional travel to the site.

Interactions

The following functions will report to the Engineering Manager:

  • Certain engineering companies
  • Consultant Technical Experts
  • Kinross engineers assigned to the Project Team

The Engineering Manager will interact and consult with the following functions, and will be expected to keep them informed at all times:

  • Other functional managers and area managers within the Great Bear Project Team
  • Kinross Corporate resources and technical specialists (it is expected that the Engineering Manager will use their judgement to determine when advice and support should be solicited from Kinross Corporate resources and technical specialists)
  • The internal client: Great Bear Operations Team

Job Responsibilities

Scope

  • Infrastructure
  • Processing facilities
  • Operations readiness

 

The Project Team

  • Lead the project engineering team
  • As required, recruit appropriately qualified engineers to form the project engineering team

 

Deliverables

  • Consider safety in all aspects of design
  • Develop a Quality-in-design plan
  • Set technical standards
  • Ensure compliance with all appropriate national technical regulations and standards
  • Ensure compliance with all appropriate national environmental regulations and standards
  • Ensure compliance with all Kinross and industry best practices
  • Development of project-specific design criteria
  • Ensure that all designs are fit-for-purpose
  • Directing and adjudicating technical trade-off-studies, generally on a life-cycle-cost basis, or as directed by the Project Director
  • Providing data to planners
  • Providing data to cost estimators
  • Providing data to the permitting and environmental team
  • Providing periodic data to on advance with respect to plan

 

Third-party resources

  • Provide technical support in the selection of EPCM companies
  • Oversight of all third-party engineering work
  • Controlling and approving scope changes
  • Ensure uniformity in all engineering deliverables

 

Risk

  • Develop and maintain the Project Risk Register
  • Oversee risk workshops at key stages during project development

General Scope of Responsibility & Complexity

  • Directs the resolution of highly complex or unusual technical and operational problems.
  • Problem resolution involves a high degree of independent judgement to interpret policy in situations where considerable variation in interpretation is possible.
  • Fosters the development of innovative processes and solutions that address current and future problems and needs.
  • Provide strategic direction for, and day-to-day oversight of, the engineering work of the various engineering firms.
  • Provide strategic direction for, and day-to-day oversight of, the Project engineering team. 
  • Work closely with the permitting consultant and Kinross permitting team to ensure that all aspects of the project meet agreed on environmental and permitting objectives.
  • Applies broad technical expertise to drive financial and project performance across multiple functions.
  • Ensures quality standards are upheld for all engineering activities.
  • Ensures systems and programs are in place to identify and manage risks and liabilities that may be associated with the projects.
  • Collaborates with senior management and peers to identify and analyze risks and opportunities related to the function, and the implications to projects; identifies gaps and implements agree upon solutions for an overall aligned strategy.
  • Reviews recommendations from technical leaders and makes decisions regarding technical strategy for area(s) of responsibility.
  • Influences and negotiates with great latitude on outcomes; presents and defends complicated or delicate issues.
  • Prepares business cases and reports regarding projects and initiatives and presents recommendations and status updates to key stakeholders.
  • Collaborates with cross-functional teams and considers the business impact of decisions on diverse groups.
  • Maintains awareness of and manages progress on deliverables compared to established schedule and budget.
  • Develops and executes plans for multiple engineering disciplines and other functions, and contributes to the development of overall project strategies.
  • Directs the allocation of resources across multiple departments / disciplines to meet financial performance requirements.

Education & Experience

  • Significant previous experience in mining projects, including a good understanding of mining and ore processing equipment.
  • +15 years of related work experience, ideally with time spent in designing and building greenfield open pit and underground projects, particularly in Northern Canada (Ontario or Quebec would be an advantage).
  • Experience in supervising field construction work
  • Experience in managing third-party engineering resources
  • Experience in the development of PFS, FS studies
  • Experience with supporting permitting activities related to complex projects, particularly in Canada.
  • Extensive experience in managing engineering teams for large projects.  This includes development and management of scopes of work, schedules, and budgets as well as co-ordination of different engineering disciplines, and working with engineering consultants, vendors, contractors and other stakeholders.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering; registration in a professional association desirable.
  • Exposure to various engineering disciplines.
  • Experience leading multi-discipline technical teams.
  • Experience with sizing, selection, engineering, and installation of key mechanical components of ore processing plants.
  • Experience with EPCM, EPC and other project execution models, preferably on both sides (owner and EPCM/EPC);
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of large multi-disciplinary teams.
     

Personal Attributes

  • Highly developed verbal and written communications and presentation skills, especially working with multi-disciplinary teams in multiple locations.
  • Highly-developed technical and engineering skills.
  • Highly-developed technical report writing and presentation skills.
  • Experience with and works well within a structured, corporate environment.
  • Develops innovative solutions
  • Solves unique and complex problems with impact on the business.
  • Flexibility and adaptability.
  • Team player with a strong inclination towards developing co-operative solutions.
  • Anticipates potential objections, persuades others to adopt a different point of view.

Our Approach to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and in alignment with our health and safety standards, all Kinross Gold Corporation employees working from the Toronto office, must be fully vaccinated with at least two doses of an approved vaccine. If offered this position, you must show proof of vaccination prior to be hired. Masks are not mandated in the office; however, employees are encouraged to wear a mask if it is more comfortable for them. Kinross reserves the right to update its vaccination policy/requirements at any time in its sole discretion.