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Principal Geochemist, Australian Operations

Posted August 11, 2017

OKC is accepting applications for a Principal Geochemist with our Australian Operations on a full-time basis. Location preference is based at our Perth office; however, consideration will be given to our Brisbane office. The position is a key role within OKC and has the ability to deliver significant growth opportunities in the areas of geochemistry, mine waste management, and mine closure for the company. The Principal Geochemist will be a leader with regards to technical support and review of projects and will also support, as required, OKC’s projects internationally.

Job tasks and responsibilities

The Principal Geochemist will fulfil two primary roles within OKC; Project Technical Resource and Project Coordinator.

Responsibilities of the Project Technical Resource role include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Apply advanced technical capabilities to projects in the area of geochemistry, mine waste management, and mine closure.
  • Peer review of technical work while providing technical guidance and mentoring to junior and senior staff.
  • Participate in the development of novel geochemistry technologies through OKC’s R&TD Group.
  • Work closely with the Marketing and Sales Team to develop, foster, and grow relationships with external and internal clients.
  • Provide visible and effective leadership to ensure a positive culture, and successful delivery of high quality technical work to OKC’s clients.
  • Demonstrate care about the wellbeing of yourself and others, through actively participating in OHS activities / requirements.

As a Project Coordinator this role will be a direct report to the Regional Operations Lead for Oceania. Dependent upon experience, the applicant may be considered for a Senior Technical Advisor position with direct report to the Research and Technical Development Manager. The key accountabilities for the Project Coordinator role are primarily related to project execution tasks. These are:

  • Lead, manage and hold project team members accountable.
  • Project Scoping; proposal/work scope task and cost estimate development.
  • Project On Time/On Budget; ensure projects are completed on budget and deliverables are completed on time.
  • Project Safety; OH&S standards adhered to and project specific safety plans are developed and met.
  • Project Resourcing; Ensure appropriate technical resources allocated to a project are managed in terms of time.
  • Project Deliverables: Ensure deliverables meet quality assurance requirements by completing appropriate technical review procedures.
  • Primary Client Communication; Management of client relations during project execution is a key area for client continuity.

Skills and experience

Candidates will ideally possess the following key qualifications, experience, skills, and qualities:

  • Candidates should, at a minimum, hold post-graduate qualifications (M.Sc. and/or Ph.D.) relevant to the field of environmental geochemistry.
  • +15 years’ environmental geochemistry experience within the mining industry, however, individuals with less experience who can demonstrate a high level of self-motivation, high performance, and who have a strong sense of team will be considered for the role.
  • Experience with the operation/review of geochemical modelling programs is preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • An ability and willingness to communicate and work with staff in varying time zones.
  • Possess strong project management skills.
  • Sound knowledge of mining practices and regulatory framework within Australia, including those identified as potential development opportunities.

If you have an inquiry regarding this position please contact or call +61 7 3367 8063