Principal Environmental Geochemist | Perth 5/2 (travel required)

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Western Australia

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Full Time

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Date published

05 June 2019

Date closing

19 June 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

We are currently seeking a Principal Environmental Geochemist in the Resource Engineering Centre of Excellence, reporting to the Global Practice Lead Closure.
In this role, you will be the global subject matter expert in Environmental Geochemistry, identifying and replicating best practice in closure and environmental geochemistry through the Closure, Water and Tailings Working Groups and enhancing understanding of operational and closure environmental geochemistry risk and management solutions.
It is an important role in our business that highly values early planning and progressive implementation of mineral waste management practices. Your expertise will contribute to effective engagement of technical specialists and external stakeholders in closure planning and integration of environmental geochemistry requirements into business activities. You will be required to travel both domestically and internationally as part of the requirements of the role. 
Key responsibilities can include work in any of the following areas:
  • Identifies and replicates best practice in closure and environmental geochemistry through the Closure, Water and Tailings Working Groups, including internal and external benchmarking;
  • Acid and Metalliferous Drainage (AMD)/ Environmental Geochemistry Risk Assessments
    Management of risks associated with environmental geochemistry activities across the RE CoE Closure, water and tailings disciplines.
  • Develops and executes an assurance program against the Global environmental geochemistry standards
  • Facilitates global rollout of identified internal best-practice environmental geochemistry characterisation and modelling techniques
  • Maintains the Technology Roadmap for environmental geochemistry, including management and/or support for relevant innovation and technology research and initiatives internally and externally;
  • Undertakes project work associated with the closure, water and tailings RE CoE functions
  • Integration of environmental geochemistry practice across RE CoE and Geoscience CoE activity
  • Peer review of closure cost estimation to manage Environmental Geochemistry risks
  • Supports the regions with Environmental Geochemistry expertise, including peer review of data and reports, input to Scopes of Work.
  • Regulatory Closure/Rehabilitation Plan input – support regions with technical content related to Environmental Geochemistry risk and management
  • Leading Environmental Geochemistry risk management integration through the development and management of an R&D roadmap into strategic plans, 5 Year Plans and budgets for the Resource Engineering Centre of Excellence
  • Developing and improving closure planning governance processes,standards, procedures, systems and tools related to Environmental Geochemistry management
  • Leading studies and investigations to close knowledge gaps impacting closure outcomes related to Environmental Geochemistry risk and management.
  • Participate in Independent Peer Reviews as a subject matter expert
  • Direct the work of contractors and consultants
  • Be the BHP Representative on the INAP Board

About You

You will have a B.Sc in Geology or Geochemistry or relevant discipline, with greater than 15 years technical experience in environmental geochemistry.  Experience in project and consultant management is desirable.To be successful in this role, you will have the following attributes:
  • Demonstrated cross commodity and geographical experience
  • Familiarity with mining operations is essential
  • Experience with managing research projects is desirable
  • Planning and implementing studies or work programs essential
  • Spanish language skills are desirable
  • Demonstrated skills in Source/Pathway/Receptor modelling
  • Strong understanding of water resource management
  • A strong grasp of technical problem solving, with the ability to succinctly develop scopes of work to appropriately solve problems.
  • Ability to develop solutions that account for uncertainty and risk. 
  • Strong communication skills; formal and informal, verbal and written. 
  • The ability to influence stakeholders by articulating scientific and technical content in a manner that provides sufficient communications to encourage buy-in and commitment at all levels including in operations. 
  • Ability to identify and understand relevant HSEC, technical, financial and reputational risks in the work you perform and the plans you prepare.
  • Behave as a subject matter expert, especially when faced with roadblocks, difficulties, or adverse situations.  Empower others, offer coaching and foster a co-learning environment. 
  • Encourage transparency, divulge learnings, good or bad.

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 91178#LIWA
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