Rail Engineering Manager | Iron Ore | Port Hedland | FIFO 5/2 4/3 or Residential

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Western Australia

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Full Time

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Date published

08 August 2019

Date closing

22 August 2019 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 the role

BHP Iron Ore is one of the world's leading suppliers of iron ore. The Company's operations currently involve an integrated system of seven inland mines, more than 1,000 kilometres of rail and two separate port facilities; Nelson Point and Finucane Island at Port Hedland as part of our Western Australian Iron Ore (WAIO) business. BHP celebrates and actively promotes diversity of thought at all levels and strictly adheres to a series of core values outlined in our Company Charter.

Reporting to the General Manager Engineering and as a key member of the Engineering and Rail Leadership teams, this is an exciting opportunity for a high performing professional to be a key decision maker and have strong influence across Rail.  

This role is accountable for providing functional excellence in Governance & Technical Stewardship and Modifications & Small Projects for BHP Iron Ore Rail network. As the Manager Engineering, you will provide strategic governance and leadership, and be responsible for coaching and mentoring the site leadership team to achieve the highest standards of safety and productivity across a range of operational functions. You will guide a team in the provision of coaching and technical support to the line, enabling the safe delivery and execution of Projects.
Key Accountabilities will include:
  • Coaching and mentoring your team to achieve the highest standards of safety, environmental performance 
  • Providing strategic governance, leadership for the Rail Engineering team and be an active participant in the Engineering and Rail Leadership teams
  • Overseeing Rail Engineering’s  priorities, ensuring work carried out is directly linked to current business strategy 
  • Coaching and mentoring of direct reports and developing talent pipelines for pivotal roles, including succession planning within the department 
  • Governing compliance with strategy requirements relating to equipment/classified plant, and ensuring changes to the blueprint meet relevant technical standards and safety in design principles 
  • Development and delivery of a strategic capital portfolio.
  • Monitoring and controlling costs associated with capital and operating budgets 
  • Ensuring conformance with the BHP Charter, the BHP Group Level Documents, Code of Conduct and relevant statutory obligations
  • Demonstrating an overriding commitment to health, safety, environment, and sustainable development 

Working in a proactive business culture with a supportive management structure, and leveraging your extensive experience, you will have the chance to promote business excellence through your team and you'll make full use of your broad range of skills in the areas of continuous improvement, technical knowledge, financial acumen and communication.

About You

You will be able to build, shape and influence the team and business culture as we strive for high performance through embracing diversity and inclusion.  As we aim to be safer and more productive, this is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned leader to sustain a high performing, inclusive team to leverage the program of work and the capabilities to achieve exceptional results. 

To be successful in this role you will have a Tertiary qualification in Engineering and bring a strong understanding of rail project delivery/operations gained in a large scale railroad, mining, heavy industry or logistics environment.

We value diversity in experience and your career history will testify to your ability to demonstrate strong critical reasoning skills and quickly grasp technical problems and complex theories and concepts.  As a strategic thought leader and achievement oriented professional, you will have a proven track record for meeting, delivering and driving strong safety, financial and operational results in a complex, demanding work environment with competing priorities.  With a passion for guiding, developing and influencing teams and individual team members through mentoring and coaching, your technical strengths will be complemented by excellent engagement and communication skills. Proactive, credible and influential, you relate well with people, communicating confidently and building strong working relationships with key stakeholders.

This is an opportunity to have a real business impact and influence the way operational decisions are made.

A Minimum of C class manual drivers licence is a requirement for this role.


With this role you will have the choice of either being residentially based in Port Hedland on a 5/2 roster or fly-in fly-out from Perth to Port Hedland on a 5/2 4/3 roster.   BHP supports a flexible work environment and as such, rosters are negiotiable.

Port Hedland is home to our port and rail operations and is the largest regional centre in North West Australia.  The 15,000-strong population enjoys well-established education services, entertainment, sporting, shopping and medical facilities and a strong sense of community.  Its natural harbour handles the largest tonnage of any Port in Australia and its beaches and mangroves are home to an abundance of fish and other wildlife.  Within driving distance are the spectacular Broome, Karratha and Karijini National Park.

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.  

Reference Number – 99428
  • We reserve the right to commence recruitment proceedings immediately.
  • This opportunity is currently only open to employees working within Australia.

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