Principal Mine Planning Engineer - UG

Date: May 9, 2024

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


The purpose of the Principal Engineer, Mine Planning role is to provide technical leadership in Mineral Reserves evaluations both in study/project and operational phases. The role encompasses all aspects of mine design and planning including geology, drill, blast, ground support, mobile and fixed equipment selection, cost estimations (capital and operating costs) and assessment of risks and opportunities. In addition, the Principal Engineer is expected to contribute to the development and implementation of Underground LOM plan guidelines and best practices for Mine Planning and Mineral Reserves evaluations.



Job Responsibilities


  • Undertake and or provide inputs to the LOM plans for studies/projects and operations to ensure a realistic range of options are evaluated, the plans are achievable, and can meet corporate’s objectives;
  • Execute or provide direct supervision to both internal staffs and external consultants to complete mine planning aspects for Scoping, Prefeasibility and Feasibility studies;
  • Ensure the technical integrity and quality of all technical work associated with Mineral Reserves evaluation in accordance to applicable regulations.
  • Provide supports on technical due diligence and or potential merger and acquisition; 
  • Identify the need for and develops company-wide standards, procedures, and policies and ensure corporate’s mine planning requirement are supported by fit for purpose tools, skills and processes;
  • Identify, implement and monitor technical and planning improvements which includes the adoption of mine planning applications, technology and digitalization to meet corporate sustainability and future mining requirement;
  • Act as a change agent for areas related to mine engineering/planning. Assist site/project teams to implement improvement opportunities and mitigate risks and support change management processes in implementation of new technologies;
  • Foresee and removes barriers to project success and escalates major issues to project sponsors as necessary.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams and influences others to achieve project goals. 
  • Prepare business cases, reports and summary information regarding projects, potential acquisitions / divestments and other initiatives and communicate the results to senior management key stakeholders. 


Minimum Qualifications & Skill Requirements


  • Personal commitment to safety and risk management;
  • A bachelor’s degree in mining engineering or geology with minimum of 10 years of progressive responsibilities in underground hard rock mining environment, in operations, engineering and/or project evaluation\
  • Recognized as a Qualified Person under NI 43-101, JORC and/or Registered Member of SME;
  • Demonstrated expert-level competency with Mine Design and Scheduling software package (preferably Deswik).
  • Well-developed technical report writing and presentation skills and ability to communicate effectively with Technical Services personnel and Senior Management.
  • Ability to perform spreadsheet-based cost modeling and analysis.  Xeras capabilities are a benefit.
  • Multi-cultural and international work experience is desirable.
  • Ability to travel internationally (approximately 30% of the time).