Underground Maintenance Dewatering Supervisor at Newmont Corporation

Additional Responsibilities:

About This Role:

  • To coordinate, direct and lend technical support to all on-site water management operations and maintenance activities, in a safe manner, and coordinate resource allocations to effectively attain goals and realize production plans.

In This Role You Will:

Dewatering Operations and Maintenance Execution 

  • Receive guidance from the General Foreman – Projects for optimal approaches to water treatment and dewatering.
  • Oversee the construction and laying of pipelines into the pit.
  • Install physical critical controls (i.e. demarcations), prior to dewatering activities.
  • Coordinate and pair the operators and pump men with the relevant equipment required to execute tasks.
  • Schedule and supervise all dewatering and water treatment activities, by overseeing and evaluating works-in-progress
  • and assure that all activities meet specifications, codes and regulations.
  • Identify opportunities for both short and long-term interval controls, based on the mine dewatering plan, and make any necessary adjustments and changes to the shift, to meet daily target projections.
  • Oversee all water treatment activities such as:
    • areas to be dewatered.
    • rate of pumping required.
    • distribution of labour, supplies and equipment.
  • Oversee all contractors assigned to designated mine dewatering work areas within the department.
  • Provide technical guidance and transfer of knowledge to the operators and pump men through active coaching and mentoring.
  • Examine the extent to which issued instructions are being followed and escalate any non-adherences to the General Foreman.
  • Hold operators and maintainers accountable for the work completed by:
    • administering discipline and facilitating corrective actions.
    • monitoring dewatering equipment performance, in line with agreed KPI’s.
    • conducting QA/QC’s on installed piping.
    • explaining the mine dewatering plan to the crew and providing clear instructions.
    • implementing continuous improvement initiatives.
    • managing shift changeovers between crews.
  • Analyse daily dewatering production and cost data to confirm that the department is operating within overall costing projections and budget; report any variances from costs and budgets.
  • Make provision for capital budgeting for maintenance tools such as welders, trucks, air compressors, generators, and other associated tools.
  • Oversee and coordinate the implementation of pipe fusion activities.
  • Establish pump installations to pump water from the pit floor, ahead of mining operations activities.
  • Oversee the coordination of water supply to Newmont water trucks and initiate the pump system to avail water supply to the mine operation.
  • Oversee the steady supply of clean water to process
  • Coordinate the maintenance of dewatering and water with the Maintenance Department.
  • Monitor stock levels of consumables, identify critical items, place orders and manage relevant contractors in the provision of such items.
  • Provide feedback reports regarding mine dewatering activities to the General Foreman – Projects for review.
  • Maintain accurate records and archives of all mine dewatering activities
  • Maintain a high housekeeping standard in the areas of underground mine infrastructure.

Additional Responsibilities:

Dewatering Operations and Maintenance Planning 

  • Execute short, medium and long-term underground mine dewatering and water treatment plans.
  • Implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the area.
  • Oversee and coordinate the weekly plan for the initiating of dewatering schedules and activities.
  • Lead and supervise shift mine dewatering teams to achieve production targets.
  • Coordinate, prioritise and assign tasks for dewatering activities to meet shift target goals.
  • Provide technical expertise and input into the dewatering plan.
  • Conduct pre-water treatment assessments within the pit to determine water quality and ground stability.
  • Send all dewatering requisition requests to the General Foreman for review and obtain sign-off from both the General Foreman and Mine Maintenance Superintendent.
  • Provide input into daily operational issues regarding areas affected to the General Foreman / Management.
  • Provide input into daily operational and make changes as directed by the General Foreman / P Operations Management.
  • Manage and control costs within own area, where possible (i.e. reduce waste, improve operational control).
  • Request services from other departments as required.
  • Participate in continuous improvement programs which will assist in enhancing the performance of the process plant operation.
  • Coordinate and execute smaller projects in the undergroundarea by following the change management procedure.
  • Complete all tasks identified in the Processing Operations MOS Elements to the specified quality and timeliness as assigned to this role.
  • Provide input into the development and review of the underground maintenance STPs, management plans and operating procedures, guidelines.

Stakeholder Management and Engagement

  • Coordinate with the Load and Haul team for the establishment and placement of dewatering infrastructure.
  • Collaborate with Mine Maintenance to confirm pump availability and undertake necessary troubleshooting activities, when required.
  • Liaise with various Ghanaian government authorities to assure that all national codes and standards are met and complied with in assigned blasting activities.
  • Coordinate activities with all departments to ensure continuity of the total mine operation.
  • Obtain suggestions from other Newmont departments, in identifying opportunities for improving dewatering and water treatment efficiency and productivity.
  • Liaise with the Training Department to arrange the receipt of training schedules and times for the national workforce.
  • Oversee that dewatering and water treatment shift work meets established statutory standards.

Additional Responsibilities:

Dewatering Optimisation and Continuous Improvement

  • Advise on best practices relating to dewatering and water management to improve productivity.
  • Investigate, report and escalate all accidents and incidents occurring in the shift to the General Foreman – Projects for immediate review.
  • Participate in the weekly shutdown and commitment meetings to be informed on the maintenance scheduled activities and execution plans.

Health and Safety Management

  • Assist with the adherence of fixed plant maintenance and operation to all HSLP, Environment and Social Responsibility requirements under Newmont’s Integrated Management System, Newmont vision and values.
  • Oversee and manage compliance with all statutory requirements for the underground mine and associated mechanical infrastructure through the delivery of inspections, audits and reports.
  • Assist with the implementation of applicable health and safety regulations and compliance programs.
  • Accept responsibility for the health and safety of every employee under or assigned to his / her supervision.
  • Conduct and attend periodic safety meetings, inspections and audits.
  • Support and conduct risk assessments for tasks and provide expert advice on the safe operation and maintenance of fixed plant underground infrastructure.
  • Actively promote safety in the workplace both within and external to the fixed plant maintenance team.
  • Revert to the Engineering team to potentially change shift plans for a particular area, arising out of work hazard detection.
  • Conduct periodic safety meetings and safety inspections.
  • Lead daily pre-shift staff debriefings.
  • Attend monthly safety inspection and meetings

Staff Supervision

  • Create a suitable shift work environment to motivate Operators to achieve optimum effectiveness and productivity.
  • Supervise all direct reports by:
    • participating in the recruitment and selection of staff.
    • recommending the selection of new staff.
    • conducting crew assessments.
    • developing the team to perform at their best capabilities.
    • contributing to performance appraisals.
    • participating in team performance management calibrations.
    • managing available skill sets.
    • recommending further / relevant training courses and development actions in accordance with Newmont’s people development program(s).
    • implementing training for staff.
    • coaching and mentoring staff.
    • disciplining poor performance or actions.
    • enhancing communication with staff through regular feedback, contact, meetings and briefings.

Your Training, Skills & Experience Checklist:

Formal Qualification (including Professional Registrations):

  • Bachelor’s degree or Diploma in Mechanical Engineering or related field.
  • Mine Foreman Certificate.
  • Sectional Engineering Certification.

Additional Knowledge:

  • Advanced knowledge of industrial work management processes.
  • Advanced knowledge of defect elimination methodologies and their interpretation.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Reliability Centered Maintenance programs.
  • Strong working knowledge in the operation and maintenance of pumps and dewatering systems is highly desirable.
  • Advanced knowledge of the statutory regulations relevant to safety and the environment for the mining industry.
  • Proven working knowledge of CMMS programs.
  • Strong knowledge of planning and scheduling maintenance activities.
  • Fair knowledge in process water management and water balance.


  • Minimum of 4 – 5 years’ mine dewatering/civil works experience in large open pit mining environments, of which at least 2 – 3 years’ experience should be in a shift supervisory capacity.
  • Proven experience with the installation, commissioning, maintenance, servicing, inspection and repair of mechanical apparatus and installations in a large scale mining or heavy industry operation
  • Underground mining experience is highly desirable.

Technical Skills:

  • Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Advanced communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills.
  • Advanced computer literacy skills – MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook), and SAP.
  • Advanced information monitoring and management skills.
  • Advanced planning, organizing and prioritizing skills.
  • Strong business continuity management skills.
  • Strong capacity planning skills.
  • Strong decision-making skills.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Strong conflict management and influencing skills.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Strong personnel administration skills.
  • Sound needs analysis.
  • Sound change management skills

Behavioural Attributes:

  • Accuracy.
  • Customer focused.
  • Deadline driven.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Goal Oriented.
  • Initiating.
  • Leadership.
  • Proactive.
  • Reliable and independent.
  • Safety conscious.
  • Team player.
  • Technically Inclined.

Working Conditions:

  • The Position is located in the Ahafo South mine site.

We understand no candidate will meet every single desired qualification. If your experience looks a little different from what we’ve identified and you think you can bring value to the role, we’d love to learn more about you!

Method of Application

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Closing Date : 8th May, 2024

May 2024