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Director, Underground Mining at Newmont USA Ltd in Greenwood Village, Colorado

Posted in Construction 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


Founded in 1921 and publicly traded since 1925, Newmont ( is one of the largest gold companies in the world. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the company has approximately 24,000 employees and contractors, with the majority working at Newmont's core operations in the United States, Australia, Ghana, Peru and Suriname. Newmont is the only gold company listed in the S&P 500 index and in 2007 became the first gold company selected to be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Newmont's industry leading performance is reflected through high standards in environmental management, health and safety for its employees and creating value and opportunity for host communities and shareholders.



  • The Director Underground Mining has a global scope that covers diverse and sometimes conflicting priorities. This position works in a quasi-matrix structure directly reporting to the Senior Director Underground Mining, but with loose lines to operating site Senior Management, or to Project and Study Directors for pipeline projects and M&A targets.

  • The Director Underground Mining will draw on extensive and broad industry experience to apply diversified engineering techniques to complex situations and as needed, rely on first principles, fundamental engineering theory and broad industry knowledge to ensure practical solutions.

  • The Director Underground Mining is a functional lead for Underground Mining and is globally responsible for Underground Mine career path planning, and a key contributor to Underground Mining standards and guidelines. Additionally, the Director is responsible to ensure supply of underground mining support and peer review for pipeline projects, M&A and exploration targets, and corporate reserves and resources.

Essential Duties

  • Provide visible and felt leadership in support of health, safety & security programs and initiatives. Provide assistance and cooperation in other audits, investigations (potentially including investigations of serious accidents); and by involvement in other initiatives,

  • Supply  or coordinate mine engineering and mine operations support to existing mine sites on an impromptu pull fashion, either personally or by arranging appropriate support from others, as a specialist resource; in support of substantial programs or initiatives; or in a troubleshooting situation,

  • Work with operating sites to determine and set underground mining standard processes, by building consensus and  through collaboration and benchmarking of best practices, for appropriate standard technical processes across all sites globally,

  • Contribute to the development, implementation and maintenance of strategic process guidelines and best practice; provide technical input grounded in practical knowledge and practices across Newmont’s operations and by effectively communicating with applicable site representatives. Lead periodic evaluations of mine optimization approaches within the organization and offer sound recommendations,

  • Work with the Geological, Metallurgical, Geostatistical and S&ER Functional Leads to ensure process alignment,

  • Provide underground mine engineering skills, analysis of information, development of plans and schedules, investigation of discrepancies and make recommendations to assist in decisions regarding potential mergers and acquisitions to project evaluation and M&A due diligence teams for Newmont,

  • Provide underground mine engineering leadership and support to pipeline projects in the Newmont Investment System, exploration target analysis, site support, and M&A initiatives as requested,

  • Support corporate initiatives as required: currently support will be supplied to Business Planning, Value Assurance, Operational Technology & Innovation, Business Improvement and Full Potential,

  • Ensure adequate affiliation exists with underground mine engineering consultants to ensure a contingent supply of skilled mine engineers for peak work demands,

  • Perform Independent and Peer Review of stage gate work from Order of Magnitude through to Definitive Feasibility, using a seasoned and varied background of experience to thoroughly and objectively assess each project, providing honest and open feedback and recommendations to ensure that only projects of sufficient merit progress through the Investment System for recommendation of capital approval,

  • Work closely with new operations as they transition from Definitive Feasibility into execution to implement appropriate standard technical processes and operating standards, as part of Business Readiness,

  • Act as a mentor in developing operating site and mine engineering personnel,

  • Additional responsibilities include mine engineering work as needed with an emphasis on unit costing, mine planning, benchmarking and optimization.

The above duties and responsibilities are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Training & Experience

The minimum requirements for the job are:

  • A minimum of 20 years combined mine engineering and operations experience, most at underground operations, including substantial experience in hard rock gold mines,

  • A B.Sc. Mining Engineering or equivalent is essential, an advanced degree is preferred

  • Experience in supervision of Mine Engineering professional staff and related groups at owner operator mine sites,

  • Experience in senior mine management roles, such as Mine Manager or Technical Manager,

  • Overseas work experience preferred, operations start-up experience in remote location desirable,

  • History of practical mine design, planning or other engineering experience. Experience in operations with complex multi mine, multi process situations preferable, 

  • Seasoned knowledge of: mine methods, mine design, production scheduling, equipment selection, reserve estimation, maintenance development and expert systems.  Experienced in both bulk and selective mining methods,

  • Site experience with Au and Cu/Au ore bodies, both oxide and refractory

  • Good level of knowledge of ground control plans, with good understanding of geotechnical methods,  

  • A sound knowledge of ventilation,

  • A working knowledge of hydrology,

  • Detailed knowledge of unit costing methods for budgeting, forecasting, and reserve analysis,

  • Seasoned experience in project evaluation at all stages from Target ID to Definitive Feasibility, with an emphasis on value and quality analysis,

  • Experience in performing M&A due diligence,

  • Strong problem solving and 3D visualization skills,

  • Extensive experience with permit applications for EIS or equivalent,

  • Knowledge of exploration methods, resource estimation,

  • High level of competence in the use of mine planning software, including optimal techniques and cash flow analysis,

  • Ability to build and maintain strong communications network with peers, Project Managers, Mine Managers, Chief Engineers, and JV partner representatives,

  • Familiarity with business systems and standard office application software,

  • Strong technical writing, group presentation skills, and interpersonal skills including a high degree of cultural sensitivity,

  • Well networked into industry specialists and consultants,

  • Recognized as Qualified/Competent Person under codes NI 43-101, JORC and/or SME,

  • Bilingual skills, or English as a second language a plus.

Working Conditions

The Director Underground Mining is based at the Palazzo Verde office in Greenwood Village, Colorado.  Performance of the work requires travel (30-50% of work time) to domestic and international operations. Travel can be at a moment’s notice to overseas or domestic locations, including Newmont and non-Newmont locations and Greenfield areas.

  • Will be required to access mining and processing areas, rough terrain, or exploration sites.

  • Frequent working at a computer/monitor or keyboard.

  • Hear sufficiently to distinguish various pitches of warning alarms.

  • Must be sensitive to cultural differences at the operations within the Company

To learn more about Newmont visit us at:

Our business success comes from the accomplishments and well-being of our employees and contractors. Our goal is to build a workplace culture that fosters leaders and allows every person to thrive, contribute, and grow. We are committed to selecting and developing our employees, and to establishing a work environment where everyone can take an active part in reaching our strategic goals while feeling a sense of pride in working at Newmont.

Newmont seeks to recruit, hire, place and promote qualified applicants, meaning applicants who meet the minimum requirements of the position, without regard to personal characteristics such as gender, race, nationality, ethnic, social and indigenous origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

NOTE: Newmont does not ask for or require job applicants to pay money to apply or be considered for employment with the Company. In addition, Newmont does not ask potential job candidates to provide sensitive personal data without first submitting a job application through our secure, online portal, and only as requested for legitimate business purposes.  If you are asked to provide money or sensitive personal data through any other means, do not respond and please report this immediately to