Tactical Design Engineer |WAIO | Area C | 5:2/4:3

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Western Australia

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Full Time

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Date published

22 May 2020

Date closing

01 June 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 IPRO
BHP Western Australia Iron Ore’s Integrated Production and Remote Operations (IPRO) team manages the Iron Ore supply chain via scheduling, forecasting, deviation management, controlling and inventory accounting across mine, rail and port operations. With an over-arching focus on safety, the IPRO team brings dedication, innovation and values to execute and improve productivity, safety and environmental impact.

About the role

Within IPRO, the Production Scheduling team, while working very closely with the site leadership teams, is responsible for generating the 2-Years to Weekly mine schedules, along with the mine designs that enable their successful execution.

Reporting to the Superintendent Production Scheduling, the Tactical Design Engineer  will play an integral role by:

  • Creating an executable mine designs and production schedules for all enabling activities within the medium term (monthly to 2 year), identifying risk and opportunities, managing change and communicating the operating strategy without compromising on quality and sustainability, whilst maximising productivity.
  • Utilising sound judgment in the application of inputs to effectively schedule production activities in alignment with the medium and long term plans
  • Ensuring all mine designs and schedules consider practicality, productivity and safety considerations, and work packs are created and adequately communicated to mine operations
  • Understanding the economic drivers that underpin both revenue and cost within the operation to ensuring these are effectively leveraged through the mine schedule
  • Ensuring that the mine schedule is well aligned with the supply chain demand (logistics capacity)
  • Ensuring that mine schedules and mine development is well aligned with the long term direction whilst at the same time validating that longer term direction is appropriate to operational constraints.
  • Driving our safety culture through quality field leadership
  • Seeking to continuously improve both efficiency and value of the process through work planning practices and procedures, as well as identifying opportunities for efficiencies in the operation
  • Identifying and implementing cultural and process improvement initiatives within the team/operation
  • Ensuring that risk in the plan is proactively identified, mitigated and where required adequately controlled
  • Assisting the Superintendent with the creation of budgets and forecasts for the Production Scheduling area and formulating feasible production forecasts and schedules that account for HSEC, volume and cost requirements

About You

As the successful candidate, you will possess the following:
  • A tertiary qualification in Mining Engineering (or related discipline)
  • Experience in a large scale open pit mining operation preferred
  • Experience in mine design and short-medium term mine scheduling/design is essential
  • Knowledge of CAD and Scheduling software packages is essential (such as Vulcan, Alastri and XACT)
  • Strong collaboration and interpersonal skills are required to influence stakeholders in the delivery of positive business outcomes
  • Strong analytical skills to review information, problem solve and influence stakeholders
  • Sound communication and presentations skills. Demonstrated oral and written English language proficiency
  • C class drivers licence

Working on a Fly in Fly out basis at our Western Australia Iron Ore operations, you will enjoy outstanding facilities at the FIFO villages including; a fully equipped gym, swimming pool, netted soccer court, tennis and basketball court, beach volleyball court and recreation room including a pool table, darts, table tennis, TV and DVD player. All rooms at the village have their own ensuite bathroom, television, refrigerator and air-conditioning. These position is offered on a FIFO 5/2 4/3 roster, however in challenging the way we work we are also able to offer the opportunity for employees to work one or more days in Perth, to support our flexible work options.

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.  


The safety of BHP’s people and our candidates is our number one priority. Due to the unfolding circumstances of COVID-19 and the Government regulations in place to deal with the pandemic,   your working location and/or roster as advertised in this advert may be temporarily subject to change whilst the government regulations are in place. This is to ensure the health safety of our workforce, and to implement effective social distancing measures.  These changes if applicable will be discussed at screening and interview stage. 
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