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Manager, Business Improvement & Transformation

Rio Tinto
June 11, 2021
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Manager, Business Improvement & Transformation

  • Opportunity to join the management team and drive transformation and a culture of continuous improvement and as the asset progressively transitions into closure
  • Be part of a global mining organization with a strong focus on safety
  • Work with an exceptional team of operations and maintenance people
  • Based at the Diavik mine in Lac de Gras, NT

About the role

We are looking for an innovative Manager, Business Improvement & Transformation to lead a team of advisors and navigate the operations through continuous improvement and transformation initiatives as the asset progressively transitions into closure.

Working with key business stakeholders this position drives business improvement and transformation projects and processes, coaches and develops a dynamic team, and supports a wide-range of operational leaders in implementing and embedding business improvement practices and initiatives to realize the mine’s full potential.

We are an open, connected, global team that includes some of the industry’s best and brightest minds. We offer competitive, performance-focused remuneration and a wide range of benefits to reward your contribution. With a global reach, the opportunities to develop and grow your career are broad and exciting.

Reporting directly to the Diavik President & Chief Operating Officer and based at the Diavik Mine Site, you will work a four (4) days on / three (3) days off rotation; however, you will temporarily work a 10 day on / 11 day off or 11 day on / 10 day off rotation until the Covid pandemic normalizes.

Working collaboratively with all operational and functional departments, you will be responsible for:

  • Leading by example in health and safety, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of yourself and your team members
  • Facilitating the identification, selection, and definition of business improvement projects
  • Applying discipline, governance and quality assurance across business improvement projects
  • Implementing measures to assess performance and sustainability of improvement benefits
  • Developing and maintaining effective relationships with leaders and other key stakeholders and providing coaching on the development of high-performance teams and operations
  • Providing technical support and direction to project stakeholders on business improvement processes and techniques
  • Facilitating strategic business improvement workshops with leaders
  • Managing and developing the performance of the team in line with Rio Tinto’s company values, in order to achieve objectives

What you’ll bring

  • A commitment to the safety of yourself and your team
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and/or Business Administration
  • Minimum 10 years working experience in a mining or heavy industrial setting
  • Experience in Program Management and change management
  • Experience in Lean, Six Sigma, or other business improvement methodologies
  • Proven ability to coach and develop teams
  • Ability to engage and build buy-in to adopting a continuous improvement mindset
  • Experience effectively engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, including senior executives
  • Analytical, strategic and forward-thinking competencies
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills are key, including the ability to translate technical data and information for different audiences
  • Proficiency with MS Office, in particular the ability to develop and manage spreadsheets, and develop graphs that highlight key messaging, is essential, as is the ability to learn new software

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. 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. Pioneers.

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 will 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. This role is a site-based role with a fly in/fly out roster. The individual will be required to reside in Yellowknife, NT and fly to and from site with the management team.

Every Voice Matters

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.

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.

Please note, in order to be successfully considered for this role you must complete all pre-screening questions.

Closing Date: June 16, 2021

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