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Title:  Root Cause Analysis Program Manager

Requisition ID:  57804

Phoenix, AZ, US, 85004-2121

Category:  Health & Safety

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.

Please note:  This position has the possibility to work remotely up to 100% of the time.  The position will require occasional travel to the Phoenix corporate offices and/or site locations.  This position may be performed anywhere in the U.S. except California, New Hampshire, Michigan, Illinois and New York.  Additional states may be excluded from remote work based on business factors.  Should the position shift to in-office work in the future, the company will offer relocation benefits at that time should the position meet the established eligibility for these benefits.


Provides overall strategic management and direction to support the organizational goals related to the elimination of systemic causes of safety incidents and issues. The RCA Program Manager will lead a team of RCA Specialists and provide direction for overall analysis/investigation of safety incidents that affect our business operations across North & South America. The RCA Program Manager will manage the RCA Program across the Company with a focus on incident analysis overview, introducing continuous improvement strategies, training oversight and developing unique solutions that will help reduce reoccurring safety incidents. This position reports to a Director of Health & Safety (DOHS).

  • Strategically manages entire RCA program, including developing processes, goals andobjectives related to the success of this program and elimination of reoccurrences.
  • Drives implementation of process control strategies using data and trend analysis, rootcause analysis & corrective actions.
  • Creates and manages quality mechanisms to ensure periodic assessments of program anddrives continuous improvements to process
  • Facilitates a critical control improvement plan based on RCA findings, for communicationand implementation across the organization
  • Creates and adjusts RCA program KPI’s to reflect improvements in the organization’s safetyperformance
  • Regularly reports relevant data and trending events to various audiences including siteGeneral Managers, DOHS Directors, site managers, etc…
  • Creates and manages a grading mechanism for all completed RCA’s.
  • Monitors and ensures timely implementation and effectiveness of approved RCAsolutions
  • Reviews completed RCA’s for consistency and effectiveness
  • Supervises RCA Specialists in daily activities surrounding investigations and RCA’s andensures that the right resources are available to investigate, identify and resolve the rootcause of a problem.
  • Provides guidance to RCA specialists on various subjects such as investigation methods,facilitation skills, mediator skills, etc…
  • Leads and mentors team to advance the a safety and quality culture based on KPIresults
  • Provides support to the RCA specialists when conflicts arise and require additionalguidance for resolution
  • Perform other duties as requested


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and seven (7) years Health & Safety, Engineering, Process Improvement,Technical experience or related experience/field OR
  • Master’s degree and five (5) year of Health & Safety, Engineering, Process Improvement,Technical experience or related experience/field
  • Strong analytical & problem solving skills (ability to quickly grasp problem, understand itscomplexities, analyzing the issue and identifying risk & break down complex problems)
  • Proficient investigation skills
  • Provide leadership and work direction, and evaluate the performance of subordinate RCA staff
  • Ability to analyze information of considerable complexity and draw conclusions (interprettrends and patterns and prioritize responses)
  • Confident communicator and presenter, including written and verbal skills, effective at alllevels of the organization.
  • Strong facilitator and mediator qualities (creating inclusive environment, stimulatesconversations, sets guidelines, remains impartial, high-level of perceptiveness, etc...
  • Strategic and tactical thinker with the ability to multitask and prioritize
  • Possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills to effectively manage RCA program.
  • Ability to coach and influence leadership at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to travel
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities that encompass amongst other things, a naturallyinquisitive, strategically focused problem solver, detail-oriented, positive disposition, high levelof accountability, motivating others to develop, adapting to change, encouraging others tosucceed, inspiring ideas, cultivates a positive team culture that creates an inclusiveenvironment, and seeking out way to serve others.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • RCA/Incident investigation background
  • Six Sigma experience or certification
  • Ability to analyze and use information gathered through Root Cause Analysis, 5-Whys Analysis,Risk Management Processes, and/or Equipment System Processes
  • Data Analytics/Data Mining Skills
  • Strong analytical, organizational and negotiation skills, as well as a high degree of initiative
  • Previous experience in a mining, metal manufacturing, heavy industrial or fabricationenvironment
  • Knowledge of MSHA/OSHA/other regulatory agency requirements


Criteria and Conditions

  • This position requires domestic and international travel to FCX sites on an as needed basis.
  • 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.
  • Work is in a mine or manufacturing plant setting, which may include exposure to extremes in temperature and humidity, moving mechanical parts, risk of electrical shock, toxic chemicals, explosives, fumes or airborne particles.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, demonstrate manual dexterity, climb stairs and ladders, work on elevated platforms, talk, hear and see.
  • Occasionally may be required to life moderately heavy objects up to thirty (30) pounds during the course of the workday.
  • Personal protective equipment is required when performing work in a mine, outdoor, manufacturing or plant environment, including hard hat, hearing protection, safety glasses, safety footwear, and as needed, respirator, rubber steel-toe boots, protective clothing, gloves and any other protective equipment as required.
  • 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 safey-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 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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