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Principal: Permitting Performance - Band 5 - South Africa

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Technical & Sustainability
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Full Time Permanent
Safety and Sustainable Development
Corporate Centre Johannesburg


Safety and Sustainability’s purpose is to support a step change in business performance by developing the organization’s capability to manage risks and exploit opportunities in Safety and Sustainability

Permitting is defined as ‘acquiring a permit and monitoring the compliance of conditions related to this permit’. It covers all permits granted by a governmental authority, at any level

Our leaders are held accountable for managing our activities on time, within budget and in compliance with the relevant regulatory environment. Inadequate permitting practice can adversely impact: (a) the timing of a project, through permitting delays; (b) costs, through delays, fines and reputational damage; and (c) breach compliance through non-implementation of the conditions attached to permits

Anglo American’s portfolio of projects, mining and processing operations has over 40 sites in over 9 jurisdictions

This large and complex operating base brings with its challenges in terms of creating an organisation, structure, new mentality, strategic thinking and best practice for Permitting, which is a recent discipline in an old industry

Reaching the ambitious T&S goals of P101 and New Technologies roll-out will require to control and mitigate the risk associated with poor permitting practice through

  • MPR implementation as one of the four critical foundation of Anglo American Sustainability Strategy,
  • creating and rolling out a robust risk and assurance mechanism specially focused on permitting challenges for today and the future.
  • T&S goals will also require, from Group Permitting team, to innovate and deliver step change results across the entire mining value chain by finding quick ways of adequately permitting new technologies.

A minimum standard for permitting (the MPR), will allow Anglo American’s Business Units to obtain permits in a timely manner, and to comply with the conditions attached to these permits. This is essential for the control and mitigation of the risk associated with poor permitting practice. MPR is one of the four critical foundation of Anglo American Sustainability Strategy, to innovate and deliver step change results across the entire mining value chain

In an unprecedented attempt to comprehensively assess Anglo American permitting practice, MPR is being rolled-out in 2018, to all projects and sites across the Group

Looking forward, every site permitting 2018 diagnostic and action plan needs now to be implemented. For this most challenging and interesting endeavor, Group Permitting will guide and advice sites to organize and develop permitting to reach P101 and become an enabler for Anglo American, instead of a show-stopper


To give strategic guidance to sites and BUs  to achieve Permitting P101

Please refer to the attached role profile for more information:

Download File Principal - Permitting Performance (SA) FINAL - 12 April 2019.pdf

Typical Tasks:

  • Assist with driving a cultural change in Permitting management aiming at performance improvement
  • Provide support and guidance to Anglo American sites with respect to the management of permitting issues
  • Support selected sites in the implementation of the Minimum Permitting Requirements
  • Ensure that the management of permitting issues are fully integrated in core risk management and management systems
  • Drives a commitment to work in full compliance with industry regulation, legal, as well as AA MPR
  • Represent Anglo American in appropriate internal and external forums focusing on permitting issues.
  • Ongoing guidance on how to write a permitting process, how to draft a permitting schedule, how to elaborate a permitting plan, etc.
  • Advise on stakeholder’s management - internal and external
  • Organize workshops on key permitting issues e.g. workload calculation
  • Motivate and align people around exchanging Permitting experiences and lessons learned
  • Provide guidance to selected sites plans to be aligned with the Group Permitting strategy: Business Plan, New Investment, Scheduling, Support for decision making
  • Guide selected sites on Permitting risks prioritization and risk mitigation follow up
  • Apply a rigorous, systematic analysis and mitigation of the existing and emerging Permitting risks
  • Provide detailed inputs into internal reviews of operations & capital projects which pose particularly high risks in terms of value and/or reputational impact
  • Prioritize Permit acquisition and compliance, whenever it can have a positive impact on Safety performance
  • Contribute to a standardised approach/framework to facilitate permitting reporting in a proactive and systematic manner

Formal qualifications:

  • Required:  An undergraduate qualification (Bachelors / Honors degree or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (such as environmental engineer, lawyer, mining engineer, industrial engineer, geologist or other related careers)
  • Desirable: A postgraduate qualification (Masters / Doctoral degree or equivalent) in a relevant S&SD discipline

 Role-specific knowledge:

  • Demonstrated thought leader, working in a permitting position at project, operation or BU level in mining or natural resources company, preferably in in South Africa
  • Track record of leading ideas generation; translating these into practical initiatives to be implemented and demonstration of successful execution and delivery within permitting
  • Significant experience advising on permitting issues for new project development in a relevant sector (e.g. mining, oil and gas, construction)
  • Experience of developing and running successful campaigns to secure permits and other regulatory clearances for contentious capital projects, involving significant interface with regulatory authorities and other key stakeholder groups
  • Desirable: experience of working in a large multinational company and international projects, involving different cultures and business environments
  • Familiarity with systems to guard against business integrity / corruption risks in the permitting process
  • A broad understanding of regulatory regimes affecting the mining industry, and the regulatory/political interface


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

Other requirements to perform the work effectively:

  • Required: ability to communicate in English (advanced level for verbal and written)
  • Regular regional and international travel will be required
  • Working on operational mine sites (both open pit and underground) will be required

Advertised: South Africa Standard Time
Applications close: South Africa Standard Time

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