Principal Geologist - New Opportunities

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South America


Chile - Santiago

Work type

Full Time

Job category


Date published

14 June 2019

Date closing

01 July 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

Key technical member of a small team of highly specialised experts responsible for identifying, assessing, and recommending third party opportunities for Exploration in commodities as directed by the VP.  Leverages an internal and external network of contacts and business intelligence that allows BHP to move rapidly and decisively on new opportunities based on technical merit before they enter the public domain.Contributes to new country entry activities, including risk assessment, safety evaluation, due diligence etc in order to accelerate new search space entry.Champion technical excellence in copper and nickel geological evaluation.

  • Identify and rank on technical merit new opportunities (both in operating countries and new geographies where BHP is prepared to enter) that have the chance to meet BHP technical hurdle rates (i.e. meet or exceed MRT). 
  • Maintain and sustain a global scanning capability of projects and competitors, with appropriate higher resolution in those countries of specific interest.  This will include building effective “listening posts” to gather business intelligence.
  • Broad scan technical and business reports to identify at the earliest stage those opportunities that have the potential to meet MRT requirements and improve overall portfolio quality. 
  • Advise the Manager, New Opportunities of new data and on-ground business intelligence that may allow actionable insights to be developed.
  • Participate in technical reviews at the country level based on deep knowledge of the porphyry copper, sediment–hosted copper, IOCG, and magmatic nickel deposits.
  • Champion the use of the Copper Atlas as a key tool for business intelligence and decision-making.  Extend the Atlas to consider key nickel assets.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with the geosciences community across Copper Exploration, acting as a mentor for developing business acumen in the team
  • Provide timely, accurate, comprehensive, and credible technical reports and motivation documents for core Generative programs to assist and support high-quality decision-making in the team.
  • Strong commitment to safety and  sustainability
  • Business acumen and familiarity with respect to mineral exploration deal options and balanced risk options.
  • Ability to make decisions with incomplete or ambiguous data
  • Self-starting individual with demonstrated curiosity and ability to source new opportunities through a global network.
  • Collaborative track record of working through different teams in different locations to achieve results.

About You

  • Degree in Geology from a reputable university
  • 12+ years experience in geosciences, and appreciation of workflow as applied to base metal projects (especially nickel and copper) evaluation with a demonstrable track record of success.  
  • Understanding of key business drivers in mineral exploration.
  • Understanding and familiarity with JORC, NI43-101 or similar reporting code requirements.
  • Proficiency in the use of geological software to develop models.
  • Recommended Post-graduate studies highly regarded
  • Business education
  • Operational (mine or mine development) experience
  • English fluency- Basic proficiency in English and Spanish is preferred
  • The person who occupies this position will have the availability to work in Santiago/Chile or Tucson/USA


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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