Principal Electrical Engineer - Kalgoorlie - BHP Nickel West

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Western Australia

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Full Time

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Date published

01 May 2019

Date closing

22 May 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 Nickel WestA member of the BHP Group, Nickel West produces nickel concentrate and has its operations located throughout Western Australia - comprising mines, concentrators, a smelter and a refinery. Nickel West is rich in technical know-how, innovative and focused on transforming our business.

About the role

The Principal Electrical Engineer role is primarily tasked with governance, maintaining standards, strategy development and risk management of electrical processes and infrastructure at the Kalgoorlie smelter and Kambalda concentrator. The role will work closely with the maintenance department and capital development and provide guidance for them on priorities and longer term initiatives. The role will report to the Engineering Manager.
The responsibilities of the role will be for the Kalgoorlie smelter and Kambalda concentrator plants and as such, a substantial proportion of the appointee’s time will need to be spent on site. Flexible arrangements on a fly-in fly-out basis from Perth can be accommodated and will be judged/ negotiated on a case by case basis.Duties of this role will include:

·        Develop longer term strategies for electrical risk management, electrical infrastructure replacement and development;
·        Set and maintain standards and provide governance on electrical matters;
·        Lead the Electrical Asset Integrity Program;
·        Guide capital development projects from an electrical lead position;
·        Develop key initiatives and projects to improve recovery, throughput and acceptable feed concentrate ranges;
·        Function across departments to align initiatives to a common goal;
·        Guide and participate in risk management activities.

About You

·        Tertiary Electrical Engineering qualification;
·        Prior electrical design and maintenance experience in industrial fixed plant assets;
·        Prior experience in operating and maintaining High Voltage networks;
·        Wide range of experience with and knowledge of electrical network protection schemes;
·        Strong problem-solving capabilities;
·        Strong conceptual thinker;
·        Proactive approach, demonstrates strong leadership capabilities and committed to striving towards high standards;
·        Able to work in both small teams and independently;
·        Embraces and drives BHP Billiton’s commitment to safety.

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.

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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