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Title:  Manager Geotechnical Engineering

Requisition ID:  15205
Location: 

Phoenix, AZ, US, 85004-2121

Category:  Engineering Services
Description: 

Freeport-McMoRan is a leading international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. We operate large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold, and molybdenum. The company has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry. Freeport-McMoRan is one of the world’s largest publicly traded copper producers, the world’s largest producer of molybdenum and a significant gold producer. We have a long and successful history of conducting our business in a safe, highly efficient and socially-responsible manner.

 

We have the assets, the talent, the drive and the financial strength to provide attractive and rewarding careers of our employees. We encourage you to take the time to explore the opportunity to advance your career at Freeport-McMoRan.

Overview

 

Achieve consistency in good practice among site Tailings, Crushed Leach and Water Dams and cross-functionally by providing leadership; recommending improvements to processes and systems; and participating in strategic planning.  Provide subject matter expertise to support and continuously improve the framework for sustaining stewardship, stability, and risk management for tailings, crushed leach and/or water dams.  Manage and review Engineering designs and construction plans for crushed leach pads, dams, levees and foundations company-wide and ensure optimization of projects. Serve as technical advisor on geotechnical infrastructure projects and as company resource for geotechnical information and analysis.

Essential Functions

 

 

  • Serve as a technical specialist and perform critical review of geotechnical aspects of crushed leach pads, tailings dams, water dams, levees and infrastructure foundation/civil design investigations and designs. Stay abreast of the state of the practice in Geotechnical Engineering to fulfill this role.
  • Collaborate to continuously ensure good performance of tailings, crushed leach, and water management areas and to identify and implement associated improvements.  This includes engaging the Engineer of Record in the design and operations of TSF and WD facilities. Serve as point of contact with corporate engineers and management, including tracking all recommendations, ensuring compliance with those recommendations, reporting actions regularly, as well as communicate accurate, timely and relevant geotechnical information to the Site management team.
  • Manage projects and serve as subject matter expert (SME) on large/complex site planning/construction, expansion or modifications.
  • Provide guidance to Managers and Engineers on applicable programs, practices, and regulations. Review reports for design and operations projects and provide recommendations to site team and to project consultants. Facilitate interaction with other functional areas/disciplines.
  • Interpret Geotechnical theory and practice and provide recommendations to Management to aid in decision making.
  • Act as a company resource and mentor in the practice of Geotechnical Engineering.
  • Proactively identify and champion new technologies and management programs that will optimize operational operations and improve safety.
  • Ensure optimization of on-going and proposed dams, crushed leach pads and plan foundation structures through technology transfer and benchmarking.
  • Contribute to strategic planning and budgeting efforts for designated Engineering areas. Manage appropriate budgets for consulting and other services.
  • Represent the site on company sponsored steering committees, task forces, or teams
  • Perform other duties as requested.
Minimum Requirements

 

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil/Geotechnical Engineering or related Engineering discipline from an accredited curriculum, with courses in Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering and ten (10) years of experience in an applicable field of expertise, including lead or supervisory experience; OR
  • Master's degree in Civil/Geotechnical Engineering or related Engineering discipline from an accredited curriculum, with courses in Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering and eight (8) years of experience in an applicable field of expertise, including lead or supervisory experience
  • Registered Professional Engineer
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing in English to a diversely educated audience
  • Knowledge in the principles and practices of Civil, Geologic, Geotechnical, or Hydrologic Engineering or a related field of Engineering
  • Able to demonstrate technical competence through design and/or operations experience in at least one of the following work areas: tailings storage facilities, crushed leach facilities, water dams, process water balance, and/or slurry transport.
  • Proficient in MS Office and other engineering tools (CAD, analytical, mapping)
Preferred Qualifications

 

 

  • Master's degree in Geotechnical Engineering
  • Knowledge in the principles and practices of Civil, Geological, and/or Geotechnical Engineering or a related field of science or Engineering
  • Experience with metal mining operations, especially with tailings storage facility (dam), water dams and/or crushed leach stockpile design, construction, management and operations
  • Field experience in geotechnical site investigations, including crushed ore heap leach and tailings material
  • Experience in soil characterization, interpretation of geotechnical lab tests, and engineering analysis on crushed ore heap leach and tailings material
  • Demonstrated experience in two or more practice areas relevant to tailings and crush leach (e.g. geotechnical engineering, water resources engineering, environmental engineering, slurry transport, seismology, construction management, etc.)
  • Expertise in modeling and numerical approaches to solving engineering challenges
  • Experience with cost estimating for civil projects, project scheduling and project controls
Additional

 

  • Project Management experience
  • Proficiency in using appropriate software (MS Office, AutoCAD, and geotechnical analysis)
  • Fluency in Spanish or Bahasa Indonesian languages
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally, travel at least five (5) weeks for every quarter
Criteria

 

  •  Work Option TBD

 

Conditions

 

 

  • Ability to understand and apply verbal and written work and safety-related instructions and procedures given in English 
  • Ability to communicate in English with respect to job assignments, job procedures, and applicable safety standards
  • Must be able to work in a potentially stressful environment
  • Position is in busy, non-smoking office
  • Location requires mobility in an office environment
  • Occasionally work may be performed in a mine, outdoor or manufacturing plant setting
  • Must be able to frequently sit, stand and walk - Must be able to frequently lift and carry up to ten (10) pounds
  • Freeport-McMoRan promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing and on-going random drug testing as per applicable State Laws

Freeport-McMoRan has reviewed the jobs at its various office and operating sites and determined that many of these jobs require employees to perform essential job functions that pose a direct threat to the safety or health of the employees performing these tasks or others.  Accordingly, the Company has designated the following positions as safety-sensitive:

  • Site-based positions, or positions which require unescorted access to site-based operational areas, which are held by employees who are required to receive MSHA, OSHA, DOT, HAZWOPER and/or Hazard Recognition Training; or 
  • Positions which are held by employees who operate equipment, machinery or motor vehicles in furtherance of performing the essential functions of their job duties, including operating motor vehicles while on Company business or travel (for this purpose “motor vehicles” includes Company owned or leased motor vehicles and personal motor vehicles used by employees in furtherance of Company business or while on Company travel); or
  • Positions which Freeport-McMoRan has designated as safety sensitive positions in the applicable job or position description and which upon further review continue to be designated as safety-sensitive based on an individualized assessment of the actual duties performed by a specifically identified employee.

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