Experienced Planner Hydrogeologist | Iron Ore | Pilbara | FIFO or Residential

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Western Australia

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Full Time

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Date published

24 October 2019

Date closing

14 November 2019 at 00:00 GMT

About BHP

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About the role

Reporting to the Superintendent Groundwater Planning, this is a critical, operations-facing role where you will be responsible for developing and maintaining effective mine water management plans that cover the 12-week to 2-year planning horizon and are well integrated with the mine plan.   You will also work closely with operational teams to translate your plans into executable work, and then track dewatering and surplus water system performance, and compliance-to-plan.   Positions are available at two of BHPs iron ore mines which are currently undergoing a period of significant expansion of dewatering and surplus water management requirements and infrastructure, and where the successful development and execution of water management plans is critical to the success of the mining operations.
  In this role you will have the opportunity to:
  • Develop and maintain effective Mine Dewatering and Surplus Water Management Plans.
  • Develop detailed hydrogeological conceptual models and use as the basis for dewatering system design.
  • Review the Tactical Mine Plan and use to develop operational dewatering targets, workload forecasts, and infrastructure and budget requirements.
  • Set and measure dewatering compliance-to-plan metrics and develop improvement strategies where required to achieve water level targets.
  • Represent and clearly communicate water risks to the mine plan at weekly meetings and in site leadership forums.
  • Embed good operational water management practices with new operational teams, drawing on best practice from across other BHP sites.
  • Ensure that dewatering infrastructure is integrated into the 12 week mine schedule, pit designs and blast masters to maintain required system availability and utilisation and minimise interactions with mining operations.
  • Conduct ongoing performance review and optimisation of dewatering and surplus water management infrastructure – including dewatering and injection bores, and pipeline hydraulics.
  • Design drilling programs for dewatering borefields.

About You

To be successful in this role you will possess:
  • A tertiary qualification in Hydrogeology, Geoscience, Engineering or Environmental Science, with post graduate study/qualifications in Hydrogeology (or related discipline) highly regarded.
  • Strong hydrogeological skills with the ability to quickly grasp technical problems, business requirements and design appropriate work programs.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and teamwork skills, with the ability to influence without authority across multiple stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to clearly and concisely communicate technical concepts to non-technical and leadership audiences.
  • The passion, determination and energy to inspire those around you and help make BHP a World Leader in Mine Water Management.
  • A Manual ‘C’ Class Australian Driver’s License

This position is based at BHPs mine sites in the Pilbara region of Western Australia on a 5/2 4/3 9/5 FIFO roster, however other rosters and flexible working arrangements will be considered.

      Reference Number – 103158  
  • We reserve the right to commence recruitment proceedings immediately.
  • This opportunity is currently only open to candidates with the right to work in Australia.

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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