Superintendent Operations - Exploration

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South Australia

Work type

Full Time

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Date published

30 June 2019

Date closing

15 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

The Superintendent Operations is responsible for the delivery of operations planning and execution of exploration activities in Australia.  This involves resources, logistics and drilling services in the country at all stages of the exploration lifecycle.  The role is accountable for the operational elements of all field activities within defined scope, supporting greenfield activities that aim discovery of new copper projects. The role is also responsible for achieving safety, volume and cost objectives.  

The key activities are:
  • Generation of SoW, leading bidding processes and ensuring that providers deliver against pre-defined metrics
  • Risk and controls ownership
  • Developing, approving (where applicable) and executing the applicable Execution Plan(s);
  • Approving operations-specific Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) related Management Plans covering Environment, Security, Crisis and Emergency Management, Hazardous Materials, Health, Fatigue and other Management Plans required by the Exploration Management System;
  • Day-to-day supervision of operations personnel and contractors, except those managed through the Functional Groups;
  • Day-to-day management of all operations;
  • Investigating HSE incidents and implementing improvements; and
  • Training, including HSE related training
  • Provides direct input to Field Operations plans, liaising with support functions to ensure understanding of project execution and the resulting required development/input by support functions into applicable Plans
  • Accountable for field execution of project activities associated with data acquisition (drill core/geophysics/reconnaissance)
  • Accountable for performance against operational budgets (OPEX), including input on budgets for Exploration
  • Holds team responsible for performance to plan and budget through regular reviews and performance verification
  • Ensures Operational Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) are clearly established  within teams and aligned to specific objectives and cascaded, tracked and measured through regular operational review
  • Drives operational discipline through Operations leadership, ensuring individuals understand their roles, holding individuals accountable for their performance and reinforcing compliance with Business Critical Documents (BCD’s)
  • Accountable for the health, safety, environment and community outcomes of the operation as they are affected by the actions and behaviors of an operation’s workforce and the operation and performance of plant, equipment and business systems

Support services
  • Accountable for the day to day oversight of business partners performance, including relationship management, performance review and contract governance in support of key objectives (service quality, compliance, cost and reduced cycle time)
  • Drives project drilling performance KPI’s using the above approach.  Establishes expectations, manages performance and holds business partners accountable for delivery to plan
  • Accountable for the establishment and management of projects, including camp, camp  services, supply, logistics and infrastructure required to support exploration activity
  • Works, in collaboration with supply, request purchase orders, set and follow services in SAP, develop and maintain relationships with local contractors and suppliers and ensures alignment of the contractual obligations, terms and scope
  • Maintains a continuing review of the progress of each contract and provides management with information regarding any financial, legal, performance or technical difficulties.
  • Maintaining day to day correspondence with contractors, preparing contract variations requests, as required, and in collaboration with Supply negotiates with contractors to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes
  • Accountable for delivering world-class drilling performance
  • Accountable for the scoping and management of main contractors (camps, drilling, earthworks, ground geophysics, vehicles, laboratories, emergency responses, training, communications, etc.)

Functional Leadership
  • Leads, manages and develops the team within defined role scope
  • Engage, guide and monitor contractors actively
  • Design operational plans
  • Defines and tracks services and teams against KPIs
  • Ensures appropriate allocation of resources and capability to execute operational activities
  • Measures, tracks and reports against Operations performance

About You

To be considered for this role you will possess a proven track record in mineral exploration project/program execution or in a related project management role.  Field experience, budget generation, administration of risks, and a proven track record of operating safely are desirable.  Preference will be given to candidates with prior team management experience.

Proficiency in Geographic Information System (GIS) is preferred but not essential.  We want a team player who have excellent analytical and communication skills with a demonstrated ability to multi-task and meet critical deadlines. Advanced level of English is required. Spanish is desirable but not essential.

 How to apply

Please apply online before 15 July 2019

We support flexible work at BHP.  Talk to us about the flexible working options in this team.

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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