Principal Mine Planning Engineer (OP)

Date: Sep 15, 2023

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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Purpose of Role


The purpose of the Principal Mine Planning Engineer (OP) role is to optimize the value of Kinross’ assets (operating and development) through mine design, mine scheduling, and trade-off studies. The Principal Mine Planning Engineer will be responsible for both leading the process and doing the detailed design, schedule, and costing iterations to ensure that our Life-of-Mine plans are optimized and realistic and will work closely with the site based Technical Services teams to ensure the quality of and short/medium term adherence to the Life-of-Mine plans.


Job Responsibilities


  • Ensuring Kinross Life-of-Mine plans (design, schedule, and cost estimates) are achievable, safe, and optimized
  • Leading the process for reviewing the mine plans prepared by the site Technical services teams
  • Develop detailed mine plans for execution as needed
  • Perform high-level strategic mine plan iterations in a timely manner to a sufficient level of quality/detail for trade-off studies aimed at optimizing NPV


Minimum Qualifications & Skill Requirements


  • Degree in Mining Engineering
  • Professional Engineer designation or ability to obtain
  • Personal commitment to safety and strong understanding of risk analysis and management.
  • Working understanding of resource estimation process from drill-hole to block model
  • Strong understanding of NI 43-101, JORC and SK 1300 technical reports.
  • Strong understanding of open-pit mining operations, particularly as it relates to realistic parameters for mine design and mine plan optimization (mining equipment, mine services, processing, tailings, infrastructure)
  • Strong understanding of links between mine plan and key cost drivers including equipment selection, operating cost estimates, and capital cost estimates
  • Strong understanding of spreadsheet based cash flow analysis for mining operations
  • Strong communication, technical reporting, and presentation skills with ability to tailor communications to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Team player with good listening skills and ability to drive towards cooperative solutions
  • Expert and proven ability to iterate mine designs and mine plans using mining software packages
  • Demonstrated ability to think ‘big picture’ and drive value optimization of a mining operation
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in a short term planning or operations role
  • Minimum of 2 years of long term planning experience at a site or consultant
  • Minimum of 4 years on-site experience in technical services or operations roles
  • Minimum of 8 years total experience in the mining industry, particularly with open-pit operations  
  • A willingness to travel both domestically and internationally (approximately 30%)



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.