Chief Chemist |NiW | Kalgoorlie | Residential 5:2

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Region

Australia

Location

Western Australia

Work type

Full Time

Job category

Processing

Date published

17 March 2020

Date closing

31 March 2020 at 00:00 GMT

About BHP

At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities.  Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success. Come and be a part of this success.

About Nickel West
Nickel West is a fully integrated mine-to-market business. Our culture is rich with technical know-how, highly efficient and focused on innovation. The business employs over 2500 people from five operations across Western Australia comprising of nickel underground and open-cut mines, concentrators, a smelter and a refinery. We also have plans to expand our operations with new mines in the northern Goldfields and a large nickel sulphate plant in Kwinana.
A member of the BHP Group, Nickel West is undergoing an exciting business transformation to become a globally significant supplier of battery materials to the electric vehicle market. Nickel West will soon become the world’s largest producer of Nickel Sulphate, a key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries. As the world’s largest producer of nickel briquettes and nickel powder, Nickel West is leading the new-energy revolution in Western Australia. 
Nickel West has an exciting future ahead. We invite you to join us at Nickel West as we seek to energize our future.

About the role

  • Competitive salary on offer plus 12% superannuation and a range of company benefits
  • Family friendly residential roster 5 days on/2 days off.
  • BHP Nickel West actively supports a diverse workforce and encourages Female and Indigenous applicants are encouraged to apply.


Reporting to the Production Planning Superintendent, you will be responsible for the operation of a modern well equipped analytical laboratory. This provides high quality analysis of commercial products as well as timely analysis of process control samples to facilitate the operation of the Kalgoorlie smelter.  

This is a true leadership role where you utilise your experience to guide and develop your team. You will oversee all aspects of the laboratory and members of the team not limited to below;

  • Monitor operation of key analytical equipment
  • Provide troubleshooting expertise and arrange for regular servicing and repair
  • Maintain and enhance quality assurance processes to ensure best practice.

About You

With a desired 10 Years experience, the successful applicant will ideally be degree qualified in Chemistry – Analytics with sound technical knowledge of a broad range of equipment instrumentation and procedure. It will also be an advantage that you have the following;
  • High level XRF and AAS expertise would be considered an advantage.
  • High level of organizational and personnel management skills.
  • Able to communicate accurately and concisely with a diverse range of people in written and verbal forms.
  • Proven experience in a mineral processing environment.
  • A current driver’s license.


As part of the recruitment process for this position you may be required to undergo a pre-employment medical and participate in a background screen including a criminal history check, identity check and qualifications check.

Nickel West Kalgoorlie 
Kalgoorlie is the largest inland city in Western Australia and due to its central location is positioned at the heart of the Goldfields as a vibrant mining town and a major gateway to the Eastern States. Although fairly isolated, the City of Kalgoorlie/Boulder offers modern shopping facilities, a huge variety of sports, and schooling for all ages up to high school. There are contemporary housing options for all budgets, sporting clubs and leisure complexes of all descriptions.
The Kalgoorlie Nickel Smelter receives nickel concentrate from our mining operations in Leinster and Mt Keith as well as from our Third Party Feed concentrator in Kambalda. Nickel West Kalgoorlie incorporates a flash furnace smelter, converters and an acid plant which has the capacity to produce up to 110,000 tonnes per annum of nickel matte.
All Kalgoorlie roles are residential, FIFO is not an option.  Nickel West Kalgoorlie is a non-smoking operation.

Supporting a diverse workforce

At BHP, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from women and Indigenous people. We know there are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life.  These benefits include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, other extended leave entitlements and parent rooms.  
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