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Principal Mine Closure Planning

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Technical & Sustainability
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Full Time Permanent
Safety and Sustainable Development
Various Locations
Global Locations


The purpose of Anglo American’s corporate Safety and Sustainable Development group (S&SD) is to support a step change in business performance by developing the organization’s capability to manage risks and exploit opportunities. Anglo American’s current portfolio of assets includes over 40 mining and processing operations located across the globe. This large and complex operating base is associated with significant mining related land and water exposures, legacies and opportunities. Although most operations have mine closure plans aligned to the Anglo American Mine Closure Toolbox (MCT), there is significant variability in the quality of the plans, and the identification and implementation of action plans to improve mine closure planning over the life of an operation. Additionally, there is no consistent approach to the calculation of the premature and end of life of operation closure liabilities across business units. This leaves Anglo American exposed to under or over representation of closure provision in the Group Accounts. Potential opportunities to reduce the final closure liability over the life of an operation are not always directly evident, or where evident not consistently implemented.

The Anglo American mine closure planning team has developed the Integrated Closure Planning System (ICPS) to complement the MCT. The ICPS has a particular focus on the integration of closure and LoM planning to realise opportunities and generate value for the business. Two pilots have been completed to date (i.e. Kolomela, Drayton) and a further six have commenced (Voorspoed, Orapa, Jwaneng, Barro Alto, Minas Rio, Sishen). A particular focus of this role is to facilitate the identification and realisation of integrated closure and LoM planning opportunities to generate value and reduce closure liabilities.

The mine closure discipline and legislative requirements are undergoing constant change, which will impact on the company’s current and future ability to manage long-term liabilities and maintain its license to operate.  All these changes have the potential to generate additional challenges and opportunities in relation to mine closure planning and implementation. This role needs to champion and deliver a step change improvement in mine closure planning and execution across the Anglo American portfolio.


The purpose of the role is to ensure that all Anglo American operations have stand-alone mine closure plans fully aligned to the Mine Closure Toolbox and in doing so ensure that closure liabilities are kept as low as possible, are accurately calculated, financial provision is in place and legal compliance is maintained. The role also entails integration of closure planning into LoM planning to generate value or prevent value destruction and the optimisation of operational synergies that will reduce operational costs. The purpose of this role is also to ensure integration between disciplines across the operations to ensure mine closure is understood and embraced by other disciplines. This role will also be responsible for piloting new ideas, opportunities and technologies that will improve the mine closure practise and performance across Anglo’s operations.

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This role contains the following typical tasks:

1. Mine Closure Planning Status and Prioritisation:

  • Update mine closure dashboard as required (with major annual update in January);
  • Manage and maintain the new Integrated Closure Planning System (ICPS) Corporate Platform;
  • Engage with BU’s to manage the updating and integrity of mine closure parameters in Enablon;
  • Participate in closure plan assurance reviews;
  • Participate in life of mine and operational risk assurance reviews;
  • Participate in capital project and stay-in-business reviews;
  • Produce closure plans for specific sites in conjunction with the site and other T & S personnel;
  • Track implementation of closure plan actions; and
  • Engage with sites to ensure understanding of their social closure obligations.

2. Integration of Planning Processes:

  • Manage ICPS implementation pilots at specific sites;
  • Lead and assist with ICPS opportunity workshops; and
  • Track and assist sites with implementation of identified opportunities to integrate closure planning with mine planning with the view to minimise the site closure liability.  

3. Calculating and Funding of Closure Liability:

  • Engage with BU’s and Group Accounts to ensure that the closure provisions carried on the balance sheet are an actual reflection of the closure liability for the Group; and
  • Advise and assist BU’s and sites across all jurisdictions in relation to compliance with legal requirements for funding of closure liabilities (e.g. provisions, bonds, cash, guarantees, trust funds).  

4. Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Forge and maintain relationships with Group T&S, Group Finance and BU staff to assist with integrating closure planning with other processes and forums;
  • Participate in mine closure toolbox training as required;
  • Build external mine closure network through participation at relevant industry meetings, conferences and seminars;
  • Give input and comment on relevant internal and external reports and documents with regards to mine closure planning;
  • Participate in industry forums as needed (e.g. ICMM, COM); and
  • Develop and publish one annual blog on mine closure planning on Sharepoint.

5. Member of the Group Closure Planning Team:

  • Participate in team fortnightly and other meetings as required;
  • Give input into budgets; and
  • Compile Performance Contract & Individual Development Plan (PC&IDP) annually and determine future training requirements.

6. Safety Management:

  • Striving to have no personal LTI’s;
  • Undertaking safety interactions during site visits;
  • Contributing to safety shares;
  • Ensuring on-line induction and other required safety training is in place;
  • Participate in Global Safety Day activities; and
  • Complete Journey Management Plans as appropriate and use NGS when travelling overseas.


Formal qualifications:

  • Required: Expertise must have been obtained from a formal qualification in Mining Engineering, Mine Planning, Environmental Science or other relevant discipline.
  • Desirable: A postgraduate qualification in a relevant technical discipline.

Role-specific knowledge:

  • Demonstrated application of academic qualifications through experience working in the field.
  • Must have experience in an operational mine planning position with demonstrated success in execution of short, medium and long term mine planning.
  • Demonstrated experience working in an operational mining environment preferably with the relevant commodity (Platinum, Copper, Diamonds, Iron Ore, Coal – Metallurgical and Thermal).
  • Track record of leading ideas generation; translating these into practical initiatives to be implemented and demonstration of successful execution and delivery in the field.
  • A demonstrated understanding and application of major safety hazard standard application, including catastrophic risk and assurance experience 
  • Demonstrated experience in a senior people leadership role within a technical environment, including the coordination of knowledge sharing within a sub-discipline, managing workload and reviewing the work of others to ensure consistency with task requirements
  • Specialist knowledge in mine closure, within a large scale mining or industrial context
  • An understanding of appropriate regulations and legislation relevant to mine closure.


  • Provides a consistent outstanding role model in relation to safety practices with a deep understanding of the importance of safety.

Additional Information:

  • Advert closing date:29 May 2018 - 11:55 SA Standard Time.
  • We welcome applications for this role from candidates from any Business Unit or region. However please be aware that it is expected that this role would be filled, in the first instance, on a local employment contract basis with local terms and conditions. Any offers would be conditional upon the successful candidate having the required work permit issued by the regulatory authority of the country where this role is based

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