Principal Civil Engineering

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South America


Chile - Santiago

Work type

Fixed Term

Job category


Date published

12 January 2020

Date closing

20 January 2020 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

The Principal Civil Engineering is responsible of: 
  • Strongly aimed to a safety focus.
  • Work closely with the Manager Project Engineering, Engineering Team and Project/Study Manager of project in phases IPS, SPS, DPS and execution to ensure project Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are in line with the Base Metals business targets.
  • Ensure that a quality and cost effective designs are employed in the civil and geotechnical disciplines.
  • Ensure the civil & geotechnical engineering good practices and quality goals are met and maintained within the projects, particularly about tailings and ripios disposal design and construction.
  • Apply appropriate BHP lean designs and standards into the projects
  • Review geotechnical investigations plans and field/lab tests results.
  • Review stability and deformations analyses of earthworks, rockfill and tailings structures
  • Review and recommend bidders list for key civil materials and equipment.
  • Review and recommend successful bidder for major equipment and bulk material purchases.
  • Participate with the operational and maintenance team in the engineering workshops (design review, value engineering, maintenance, operability, constructability and HAZOP) to ensure the civil requirements are incorporated into the designs.
  • Coordinate activities and interphase between civil & geotechnical consultants and engineering contractors.
  • Supervise productivity and quality levels of the civil engineering contractor’s deliverables.
  • Supervise preparation and approve the key engineering documents produced by engineering contractors and vendors related to the civil & geotechnical design of any project or study related with Ripios and Tailings Dam.
  • Supervise, on site, field engineering development.
  • Prepare and review scope of work and technical documents related with the civil-geotechnical discipline to call for bids for IPS, SPS, DPS studies or execution projects bids.

About You

  • Civil Engineer & geotechnical engineer, entitled.
  • Minimum 15 years’ experience in geotechnical discipline for mining projects with focus in Ripios pads and Tailings dam design. Ideally more than 8 years working for tailings disposal projects.
  • Knowledge in Geotechnical, Tailings Dams, experience in cost estimate, execution plans and scheduling of medium and large mining projects.
  • Competent in the use of relevant software such as MS Office
Technical Skills

  • Full, reliable person and that complies with his/her commitments
  • Understand the vision of the business and commitment to the goals and objectives of BHP
  • Technical and practical engineering skills, ability to provide quality work, accurate and timely
  • Knowledge of the requirements of the fundamentals of the discipline, and the requirements of other disciplines
  • Knowledge of applicable national and international standards and legal and regulatory requirements
  • Ability to make decisions, lead, direct and control others in the change of the conditions of business
  • Management of people skills, such as leadership, interpersonal and supervisory skills. It must be able to work in team
  • Management skills, including the ability to plan, set goals and manage time, priorities, resources, responsibilities, programs and costs
  • Proactive, objective oriented with excellent attention to detail
  • Effective change management from the tasks of work and the working environment, and help others with the adaptation to change
  • Ability to identify issues, problems and opportunities, make decisions in time, develop innovative and appropriate solutions, and ask for help if necessary
  • Verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to transmit information and ideas
  • Initiative and willingness to learn and continuously improve performance
  • Ability to work on multiple projects of various sizes and complexity
  • Able to work effectively in projects of different sizes, and share and transfer knowledge within the teams
Leadership Competencies

  • Needs good interpersonal skills (Relationships).
  • Ability to work in team environment.

Problem solve
  • Stretch others beyond functional and technical knowledge to identify solutions
  • Ability to solve problems and make decisions 
Learn and adapt
  • Role model seeking out best practices to continuously improve both professional and personal capabilities
  • Seek to understand own strengths, weaknesses and opportunities
  • Reflect, analyse and learn from past experiences and feedback
  • Learn quickly, show flexibility and be open to change
  • Actively seek opportunities to build knowledge of business, current and future industry trends, practices and technology
Key behavioural competencies:

  • Actively seeks and identifies opportunities to contribute to and achieve goals.
  • Seizes opportunities when they arise.
  • Understands her/his emotions, strengths and weaknesses, needs and drives, sources of frustration and reactions to problems
  • Listens to others and assess the value of what they have to offer
  • Has confidence in own capabilities, hardiness and courage to take a stand
  • Understands own values and assumptions and is able to question them
  • Maintains positive and productive relationships.
  • Works with others to share information and achieve goals.
  • Fosters an environment that emphasizes knowledge sharing and group participation.
  • Coordinates efforts with applicable stakeholders to ensure awareness, share information, and provide updates until completion. 

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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