Production Chemist | Nickel West | Kwinana

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Date published

05 June 2019

Date closing

20 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 Nickel WestNickel West is a fully integrated mine-to-market business. Our culture is rich with technical know-how, highly efficient and focused on innovation. The business employs over 2500 people from five operations across Western Australia comprising of nickel underground and open-cut mines, concentrators, a smelter and a refinery. We also have plans to expand our operations with new mines in the northern Goldfields and a large nickel sulphate plant in Kwinana.A member of the BHP Group, Nickel West is undergoing an exciting business transformation to become a globally significant supplier of battery materials to the electric vehicle market. Nickel West will soon become the world’s largest producer of Nickel Sulphate, a key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries. As the world’s largest producer of nickel briquettes and nickel powder, Nickel West is leading the new-energy revolution in Western Australia. Nickel West has an exciting future ahead. We invite you to join us at Nickel West as we seek to energize our future.

About the role

Production Chemist – Nickel West - Kwinana
  • Competitive salary on offer plus 12% superannuation and a range of company benefits
  • Family friendly location in Kwinana, work Monday to Friday and be home each night
  • Nickel West is positioned well to energise our future
Reporting to the Laboratory Supervisor, the role of the Production Chemist is to take the technical lead in our existing fully automated Laboratory and planned future laboratory expansions. Specifically, the tasks required to be conducted by the Production Chemist are:•        Perform analysis and quality control tasks in the analytical chemical laboratory •        Continually optimise our automation laboratory system
  • Oversee the quality control process for all analytic methods
  • Develop and continuously improve analytical methods for our wide range of instruments including
  • ICP OES & MS
  • Metrohm titrators
  • GC
  • Carbon/Sulphur analyser
  • 3D Particle sizing
  • AAS
  • UV-Vis

About You

·        Tertiary qualification in Chemistry or a related science background

·        Leadership of improvement projects and new analytical method development

·        Excellent and positive communication skills and work ethic

·        Strong decision making skills with focus on continuous business improvement

·        Understanding the importance and relevance of Quality Controls and ISO standards

·        Capacity to work effectively as part of a team or autonomously

Nickel West Kwinana

Located 30 kilometres south of the Perth, the Nickel West Kwinana produces nickel briquettes and nickel powder.  While many employees live in Perth, Fremantle and Mandurah, the Kwinana region is a thriving coastal township with three public beaches, excellent schools, modern shopping facilities and a wide variety of housing options.  As part of our commitment to health and safety Nickel West Kwinana is a smoke free operation.We are investing in a Nickel Sulphate plant to be built at our Kwinana refinery south of Perth. We believe there are significant competitive advantages for Nickel West to move downstream into the battery chemical business.

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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