Aug 03, 2021

Senior Geotechnical Engineer - Caving

  • Anglo American Platinum
  • Musina, South Africa
Full time Engineering

Job Description

Reference Id: REF14486N

You’ll make it happen

We’re the world’s leading diamond company, powered by thousands of people around the world, with a mission to support local communities, protect our natural environment and shape a brighter future.

You’re comfortable working with diverse teams and can communicate easily and manage effectively.

You enjoy the planning and oversight of a project and know that keeping it on track does not just happen – a great deal of care is taken to ensure that standards, commitments, budgets and schedules are adhered to.

Venetia Mine is South Africa’s most valuable diamond mine. As we develop the mine underground, it is also one of the largest infrastructure projects in the country. Venetia Underground Project (VUP) is a complexed underground mechanised development, shaft and mine construction project to deliver an operational Sub Level Cave mine operation. Experienced and effective management and control of the project works and mining operations through major contractors (EPC, Mining Contractor) and owner functions is essential for Safe, timely and effective delivery of the project

If you are an experienced Geotechnical Engineer who wants to make a difference, we would like to hear from you.

In return, we provide a world-class working environment with generous financial and personalised work-life benefits as well as developmental opportunities to bring out the best in you.

Job Description:
As a Senior Geotechnical Engineer for underground cave workings, you will provide:

Expert geotechnical (rock engineering) input
Ensure that input is provided into mine designs and planning for long term operational activities
Develop and introduce geotechnical sublevel cave (SLC) performance
Assist in developing standards and monitoring systems
Training and development of other geotechnical as well as operating personnel
Assist the Geotechnical Manager to select the most suitable ground support
Identify geotechnical hazards; risks and/or opportunities
Provide technical consulting, troubleshooting and assurance services
Attend monthly planning meetings with production and project teams
Plan and execute tasks

Qualification required:

Grade 12 / Std 10 / N3 /relevant National NQF4 level qualification
Undergraduate or Graduate Degree in Engineering Geology, Mining Engineering or similarly aligned qualification
Chamber of Mines Certificate in Rock Mechanics (underground)
Advanced Chamber of Mines’ Certificate in Rock Engineering / Post graduate Rock Engineering or Mining Geotechnical Certification
Certificate of competency – Mine Managers (will be advantageous)
Professional registration SANIRE; SAIMM (advantageous)

Experience required:

Minimum 7 years’ geotechnical / caving experience of which at least 3 in a Geotechnical Engineer capacity in a caving mine.
Knowledge of geotechnical computer software / ability to interpret the data thereof
Understanding of mine planning, survey, geology and mining work streams and how they integrate with the geotechnical engineering function
Understanding of ground support techniques for underground mine development
Project and contract management skills (advantageous)

Other requirements:

May be required to carry legal appointment from time to time in absence of Geotechnical Manager
Valid drivers’ license (EB)
Medical Certificate of Fitness to work underground which would include Heat Tolerance Testing
The post is dependent on the successful completion of the Company’s pre-employment protocol such as qualifications verification, relevant psychometric assessments and a clear security clearance

Who we are:

De Beers Group is a company with a rich history and a sparkling future.

Since 1888 our experts have searched the world for nature’s most precious gem. Our diamonds bring beauty to the world. But we think they can do so much more. We want our diamonds, and our business, to make life brilliant – for our people, our customers and the world around us.

Venetia Mine is part of De Beers Group Managed Operations Business which integrates mines, operations and support functions in the De Beers Group producer countries of Canada and South Africa to shape a safe, sustainable future for De Beers Group’s people, shareholders, communities and partners.


Safety first is a way of life for us. We are unconditional about the safety, health and well-being of our colleagues, at work and at home, and about that of the communities where we work. We aim to lead the industry by investing in innovation to protect people, who are at the heart of our business. Our high performing teams take accountability for their own and others' actions, work collaboratively, and always show care and respect.

Inclusion & Diversity

We are committed to promoting an inclusive and diverse workplace where we value and respect every colleague for who they are. We provide equality of opportunity to enable everyone to fulfil their potential.

How to apply

For all internal applicants, you are required to complete an internal application form and attach detailed CV. This form must be accompanied with a signature from your immediate line manager and Head of Department
Preference will be given to Venetia employees who meet the criteria

Submit applications on or before the CLOSING DATE

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