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Principal Geotechnical Advisor

Rio Tinto - Brisbane Grove, NSW

Mining, Oil & Gas
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Principal – Geotechnical Advisor

  • Make an impact and influence future outcomes on a high-profile project
  • Studies focus with rapid transition to operations
  • Excellent remuneration and benefits package
  • Be an integral part of our Surface Mining Team based in Brisbane
All progress begins with pioneers. At Rio Tinto, it begins with you.

About The Job

It’s an exciting time to be joining our team, with the acceleration of studies for our significant greenfield discovery of our Simandou Project to realise value from the world-class Simandou iron ore deposit.

The primary purpose of the Principal Geotechnical Advisor will be to provide and co-ordinate geotechnical engineering design for the Simandou project. This will lead in to the future operational support for the project.

As the Principal Geotechnical Advisor in our Simandou study team, you are accountable for delivering the geotechnical elements of the project’s feasibility studies on behalf of the technical team. You will be a key liaison point between the Simandou study and the Copper technical team as the project transitions to operation. You will need to ensure that the fast-evolving technical information is incorporated throughout the study process and includes working with the project’s Mine Engineers, Hydrogeologists, Geologists, Infrastructure Geotechnical and Tailings specialists.

Key activities to be undertaken will include, but not be limited to
  • Providing Geotechnical Engineering guidance for pit and waste dump designs and foundation engineering for mine infrastructure
  • Day to day management of consultants and external reviews and authoring the study report chapters
  • Support and drive continuous improvement across the project
  • Preparing and planning risk assessments with key stakeholders;
This will be a challenging and fast-paced role, requiring you to confidently navigate through some uncertainties as the project evolves.

As a valued member of the Simandou and Copper Technical teams, you will have immediate access to a truly global network of industry professionals spanning across a broad range of disciplines. Your career development will also be a primary focus for these positions, and with a presence in almost all corners of the globe, opportunities for international mobility and advancement are frequently realised.

What You’ll Bring

To be successfully considered for this role, you will have
  • A strong focus on Safety
  • A suitable degree qualification in geotechnical engineering, engineering geology, mining or civil engineering, or earth sciences
  • You will be a highly motivated individual with extensive surface mining, geotechnical engineering and hard rock projects experience
  • Expertise in geotechnical investigations and analysis relating to pit slope design
  • Demonstrated project studies experience and ability to work effectively with a multidisciplinary team, positive approach to delivering to tight deadlines and strong communication and influencing capability
  • Demonstrated communication skills, including an ability to build relationships with both internal stakeholders and external consultancies
  • Excellent report writing skills, attention to detail and an ability to problem solve
  • If you have a master’s degree or PhD in Geotechnical or Civil Engineering and a relevant professional society membership your application will be highly regarded.
  • Capability in French language (written and or spoken) is considered advantageous.
What We Offer

Be recognised for your contribution, your thinking and your hard work, and go home knowing you’ve helped the world progress.
  • A work environment where safety is always the number one priority
  • A permanent position working directly for Rio Tinto
  • A competitive base salary reflective of your skills and experience with annual incentive program
  • Comprehensive medical benefits including subsidised private health insurance for employees and immediate family
  • Attractive share ownership plan
  • Company provided insurance cover
  • Extensive salary sacrifice & salary packaging options
  • Career development & education assistance to further your personal growth and ambitions
  • Ongoing access to family-friendly health and medical wellbeing support
  • Leave for all of life’s reasons (vacation/annual, paid parental, sick leave)
  • Exclusive employee discounts (banking, accommodation, cars, retail and more)
  • Possible domestic relocation assistance
Where you will be working

The role is ideally based in our Brisbane hub as part of our Rio Tinto Copper Surface Mining technical team.

The Rio Tinto Copper group is a global organisation with operations in the U.S. (Kennecott Utah Copper, “RTKC”, and Resolution), Mongolia (Oyu Tolgoi) and Western Australia (Winu Cu-Au project). The portfolio also includes interests in a non-managed joint venture in Chile, in addition to exploration & evaluation interests and other minor investments.

About Rio Tinto

As pioneers in mining and metals, we produce materials essential to human progress.

Every idea, every innovation, every little thing the world calls ‘progress’ begins with a first step, and someone willing to take it explorers, inventors, entrepreneurs. Pioneers.

For nearly 150 years, Rio Tinto has been a company of pioneers – generations of people spanning the globe, all with the grit and vision to produce materials essential to human progress.

Our iron ore has shaped skylines from Shanghai to Sydney. Our aluminium – the world’s first to be certified “responsible” – helps planes fly and makes cars lighter. Our copper helps wind turbines power cities and our boron helps feed the world, and explore the universe.

Our diamonds help us celebrate the best parts of life.

Every Voice Matters

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.

We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome – they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us different.

Apply today if you want to work with the latest technology and innovation, in an environment where we support you to drive positive change.

Please note, in order to be successfully considered for this role you must complete all pre-screening questions.