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Sr. Geotechnical Engineer

Rio Tinto

This is a Full-time position in Ottawa, ON posted April 28, 2021.

Senior Geotechnical Engineer Be part of a group that is safety driven and values inclusion Join our global leading business offering outstanding personal development & global career opportunities Permanent employment which includes a huge range of additional benefits Based in the Lac de Gras mine site About the role All progress begins with pioneers.

At Rio Tinto, it begins with you.

We are looking for a Senior Geotechnical Engineer to be responsible for providing expertise, knowledge, and leadership relevant to the geotechnical aspects of pit slopes, earthworks, and structures to ensure they serve DDMI’s purposes safely and efficiently.

This is a great opportunity for a person who has a proven track record in rock mass characterization, slope stability assessment and design, and monitoring performance to support the Diavik Technical team in pit slope design, slope monitoring and integrating performance data into design, interfacing with dike performance and design specialists, and leading junior staff and technicians.

In addition to paying competitively and providing great benefits packages, we want you to live the lifestyle that is right for you and your family.

And because of our size and scale, there are many opportunities to learn, grow and do more than you ever thought possible.

Every hour of every shift, your safety and wellbeing is our number one priority.

We do the work only if it is safe, and we invest to make sure every member of the team has the quality tools they need to do their job.

Reporting to the Superintendent, Mine Geology and working in a diverse team with the geotechnical team at Diavik.

You will be working on a 3 weeks on / 3 weeks off rotation in the interim with the potential that this change to a 2 weeks on / 2 weeks off rotation in the future, once the COVID-19 pandemic normalizes.

You will be responsible for: Leading a team of engineers and technicians who monitor the performance and conformance to design of: open pits, dikes, dams, waste rock dumps, and other critical infrastructure; Assisting in identifying, defining and solving complex problems and risks that have the potential to impact the overall mine productivity, as part of a multi-disciplinary technical team; Processing, analyzing and modelling rock mass and monitoring data to understand the wall’s response to mining for purposes of excavation stability and mine design optimization; Managing a surface geotechnical and hydrogeological monitoring program to ensure instrumentation and systems are relevant, functional, and properly maintained; Developing scope for stability assessment projects and successfully manage consultants to deliver work scopes on time, on budget, and in full; Coordinating the design and planning of capital projects relevant to surface geotechnical work to enable DDMI’s construction activities to proceed as planned; Implementing and directing best practice in geotechnical engineering, mine design and mining operations to ensure safety and business objectives are achieved; Maintaining an inventory of surface geotechnical documents, risk registers, reports, and drawings; Effectively managing the surface geotechnical team, including day to day work requests and maintain responsibility for performance management.; Collaborating with the underground geotechnical team when common issues arise.

What you’ll bring A commitment to the safety of yourself and your team; Bachelor’s Degree in geotechnical engineering, engineering geology, or related field (Master’s preferred); 5-8 years’ experience with surface mining geotechnical slope design and rock characterization experience, monitoring of rock excavations, dams, dikes, or other engineered works; Demonstrated experience in 2D and 3D slope stability analysis Valid WSCC Supervisor Level II Certification or ability to obtain; Knowledge of geologic, geotechnical, and hydrogeological data logging and instrumentation; Working knowledge of VULCAN, Leapfrog and civil engineering design standards; Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently in a results-oriented environment; Demonstrated technical writing and presentation skills for capturing and communicating technical information and results.

Northern residency and experience working in a cross-cultural environment, coupled with knowledge of the unique challenges and opportunities presented to those living in the North, are assets.

Hiring priority will be given to qualified applicants who are beneficiaries of the DDMI Participation Agreement Groups and to qualified applicants residing in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Territories.

Members must clearly identify their status on the online job application and resume if they wish to receive priority consideration.

What we offer Be recognized 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 Career development to further your technical or leadership ambitions A competitive compensation Ongoing access to family-friendly health and medical programs, pension and savings plans Attractive share ownership plan Leave for all of life’s reasons (vacation/annual, paid parental, sick leave) About Rio Tinto 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.


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.

Where you’ll be working Located in the Northwest Territories of Canada, the Diavik Diamond Mine is a producer of gem-quality diamonds.

At Diavik, a strong focus is placed on protecting the local environment, as well as supporting communities through employment and education.

Every Voice Matters At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, women, the LGBTQIA2 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.

Applications close on May 14, 2021 (Rio Tinto reserves the right to remove advertised roles prior to this date)