Manager - Mine Planning

Date: Nov 11, 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)

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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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Purpose of Role

To provide technical guidance and support for operations and corporate development activities on a corporate-wide basis.  To act as a senior point of contact for all technical employees in the function. To provide recommendations on current and emerging practices and technologies and to implement recommendations that are a source of key competitive advantage. To participate in business and / or project planning by offering technical and cross-functional expertise.

Job Responsibilities

1. To use advanced-level knowledge to manage mine planning activities 

  • Leads technical projects including defining and achieving project goals, anticipating and minimizing risks, managing resources, and delegating tasks
  • Evaluates costs, engineering and mine planning data
  • Acts as a change agent for areas related to mine engineering/planning, including assessing readiness to engage in change efforts and designing and implementing change strategies 
  • Foresees and removes barriers to project success and escalates major issues to project sponsors
  • Becomes knowledgeable in Xeras mine planning software and coordinates the preparation of standardized cash flow spreadsheets for the LOM plans.  Assist in auditing and updating preliminary LOM plans.
  • Supports corporate scoping, PFS and feasibility study efforts as well as technical due diligence including preparation of open pit and potentially underground mine designs, costs and schedules.
  • Collaborates with cross-functional teams and considers the business impact of decisions on diverse groups; influences others to achieve project goals often without direct authority
  • Provides technical support for all Kinross mines and various other Corporate support departments
  • Evaluates, designs, and implements procedures related to mine planning
  • As part of a team, prepares engineering studies aiding resource estimates for life of mine planning purposes.
  • Appraise mining methods, processing methods, operating costs, capital spending, production schedules, dilution and ore loss estimates. Identify key engineering and mining success factors and issues that could impact the economic viability of new ventures under consideration.
  • Identifies the need for and develops company-wide standards, procedures, and policies and ensures compliance with industry and professional regulations
  • Participates in the technical audits at Kinross’ operations and ensures best practices are maintained
  • Provides direction and leadership to both internal staff and external consultants or contractors engaged in providing technical support activities to the Company. Developing and administering professional services contracts with consultants.

 

2. To advise the management group on mine planning activities

  • Prepares business cases and reports regarding projects, potential acquisitions / divestments  and other initiatives; presents recommendations and status updates to key stakeholders
  • Prepares financial spreadsheets, summarizes information and communicates results to key leaders
  • Reviews best practices and the competitive landscape and recommends continuous improvement efforts in mining engineering
  • Influences leaders and key stakeholders to buy into change efforts that will result in sustained competitive advantage
  • Interface with senior management and other departments (operations, project managers, human resources, accounting and information systems) to ensure effective identification and communication of operations and project information that could impact the Company’s business results.
     

Sustainability Expectations

Develops and implements strategies and initiatives that support the organization’s long-term objectives. Proactively ensures engineering and mine planning initiatives fully consider health, safety and the impact on the environment and surrounding communities. Fosters a work environment where safety is a top priority. Assists in the development of policies and procedures relating to safety and the environment. Ensures that mine site technical staff and respective work areas are in compliance with Health and Safety policies and regulations. Ensures that mine site technical staff have the necessary training, skills, knowledge, and tools to maintain Kinross’ high EHS performance and standards. Assists in accident and incident investigations and supports the implementation of new policies and procedures by agreed upon dates. Wears required safety equipment while at mine sites.

Scope of Responsibility

Work is advanced in its complexity and involves new methodologies, approaches, or products requiring the interpretation of information to make recommendations. This position provides technical expertise to multiple projects simultaneously. Problem resolution involves a high degree of independent judgement to interpret policy in situations where considerable variation in interpretation is possible. Applies theoretical concepts or original approaches to complete projects or assignments. Work is assessed based on attainment of objectives and effectiveness of results. Ensures quality standards are upheld in their field of specialization. Directs the work of project teams and / or task forces and provides instruction to other department members on the use of mine engineering software.

Minimum Qualifications & Skill Requirementse

  • Bachelor of Science in geology, mining engineering or a related field. Additional specialized education of up to 4 years, including masters level degree or equivalent
  • Eligible for registration as a professional engineer in Ontario.
  • Ten or more years of progressive experience in operational and project environments within the mining industry

Additional Qualifications & Skill Requirements

  • A firm understanding of open pit and/or underground mining procedures.
  • Experience with strategic planning and budgeting in the mining industry. 
  • Demonstrated interest in professional development.
  • Working knowledge of a second language, preferably Spanish, French, Portuguese or Russian (desirable but not mandatory).
  • High level of proficiency with various mine planning software systems (such as HxGN MinePlan Schedule Optimizer, Vulcan, Datamine, Whittle, Net Present Value Scheduler, MineMax, Deswik, MSO, etc.) desirable.  Exhibits an interest /aptitude for learning these systems.
  • Well-developed technical report writing and presentation skills.
  • Very strong communications skills. Team player with a strong inclination towards developing cooperative solutions.
  • Ability to perform financial analysis in a mining environment.  Level of proficiency in spreadsheet-based cash flow analysis.  Xeras capabilities are a benefit.
  • Ability to “cut to the chase”, quickly identifying key technical and business issues.  Must be self-directed and work well in a highly unstructured environment.
  • Ability to travel internationally (approximately 30% of the time).

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.