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Golder Associates Tailings Engineer Intermediate in WATERFALL, South Africa

AtGolder, we thrive on challenges.

Golder is not just a place to work, it is a promise of a living, dynamic environment where people collaborate, innovate, build enduring relationships, excel, and grow professionally in a strong culture of ownership.

Do you have the desire to learn? The drive to excel and thrive in an engaged, collaborative environment?


Intermediate Tailings Engineer

This is an Intermediate level position in the consulting team and is regarded as a professional person in the delivery of geotechnical services, in line with the Golder suite of engineering products.

Responsibilities of the rolewill include:

Functional Output / Duties

  1. Provide Tailings serviceson projects in the mining industry

Provide technical advice and consultancy on complex Tailings issues to clients (external & internal)

Develop client relationship and build business

Negotiate and review routine project contracts

Use advanced techniques, modifications and extension of theories, practices to synthesise and analyse data for decision making/ recommendations

Build reputation as Technical Consultant / Specialist

Keep abreast of advancing technologies, methods and research & development

Manage, analyse and Tailings reporting for projects which may include the following:

  • Design and inspection of mainstorage facilities

  • The means of construction oftailings deposits.

  • The operation and management ofdeposits.

  • The properties and behaviour oftailings.

  • Closure & deposits stabilityand seeping analysis.

  • Water Storage dames and earthworks.

Provide safety leadership in Health & Safety (OH&S incident reporting)

Participate in training activities, mentoring and transferring knowledge to junior geotechnical engineers.

Plan, develop schedules, coordinate and direct manpower on important engineering projects to meet completion deadlines.

Supervise, coordinate and review/evaluate activities carried out by junior engineers.

Prepare proposals and reports for clients

Other duties as required

Project Management & Technical Expertise

Continued development of key skills in Project Management

Participation in professional development activities

Continued professional development in support of professional registration


Develop ownership culture

Promote and develop inter-region and inter-office collaboration and cooperation

Contribute towards a healthy team mentality among peers

Work with management to deliver on Golder priorities

Business Development (Internal and externalClients)

Identify potential business opportunities / clients for Golder services

Follow up and act on market trends and engineering development

Follow engineering business development plan

Business Systems

Participate and promote Golder Africa’s business systems

Participate in the development and implementation of engineering systems, tools, policies and protocols in line with Engineering Business Unit

Be an active part of the Golder team, operational best practice and Balance Score Card


Innovative and Technical Excellence

Identify and implement opportunities to apply Golder engineering expertise

Implement Projects that contain elements of the core Golder engineering expertise

Promote & develop new technical services and/or tools


Positive financial contribution

Execute projects in accordance with Golder’s financial target in terms of profitability

Manage debtors in accordance with Golder targets

Health & Safety

Promote Health & Safety systems and program priorities

Act as a custodian of Golder’s Health and Safety best practice

Health and safety performance indicators in line with Golder targets

The successful candidate will have abackground in:

Relevant Degree in the Geotechnical / Civil Engineering

Professional Registration at ECSA preferred

6 years plus experience post graduation

Legislation related to Engineering / Geotechnical environment

Financial Knowledge

Experience at a consulting firm

Project Management Skills

MS Word, MS Excel (Advanced), MS PowerPoint, MS Outlook, MS Projects

Core Competencies:

  • The employee has an increasedlevel of specialist skills in technical discipline area, strong projectmanagement skills, or a mix of both.

  • Displays independence incompleting work tasks.

  • Makes decisions of moderatecomplexity with less frequent input and review from senior staff.

  • Major focus is leadership oftechnical excellence or project management for larger and more complex projectswith less supervision required.

  • Provides technical direction tojunior and intermediate staff.

  • Is responsible for completion ofreports / documents and proposals with senior review.

  • Understands Golder businesssystems and uses / follows these systems to ensure quality.

  • Is recognised as a role model /mentor for junior staff.

  • This is the first level having moreregular contribution to group or team goals and planning.

  • Motivates and encourages juniorand intermediate staff to achieve results.

  • Has regular contact with clientsand manages client expectations.

  • Employees focus on setting apositive example by identifying and reporting hazards, near misses andincidents.

  • Displays a ‘safety first’ focus.

  • Employees actively raise safetyissues to the attention of peers, contractors and visitors and assist inseeking resolution to the issues identified.

  • Communicates clearly andconsistently the importance of health and safety and recognizes those who showthe right behaviours.

  • Standards / Processes / Procedures.


  • Trusted project manager: consistently manages projects and / or taskswell, wants to expand project management abilities to include largermulti-disciplinary projects, able to communicate with teams, can bridge projectdirector to junior staff

  • Client focused: being more of a “solution” provider to client and colleaguesthan “deliverable” provider, comfortable with being the face of Golder, pointof contact, ability to develop business and cross-sell

  • Ownership Attitude: promotes the broader organisational strategy,makes decisions with the company’s best interests in mind

  • Good judgement: ability to prioritise challenges, competing interests in ourbusiness (i.e. time vs. costs vs. quality)

  • Mentoring: informal guidance and career development of junior staff

  • Technical excellence: creating an area of technical speciality orservice, highly skilled and respected in their field, participates in on-goingtraining and conferences.

  • Good problem solver: able to frame and communicate complex issuesinto simple tasks.

  • Corporate awareness : actively supports corporate initiatives,understands how Golder works.

  • Influential: are known beyond their team and people seek their input orinvolvement

  • Networking : establishes good relationships with clients and staff,builds wide and effective networks

  • Leadership: is emerging as a leader, has the ability and desire to leadsmall teams, actively supports corporate initiatives and promotes Golder’sculture

Your benefits at Golder willinclude:

  • Employee owned structure - own the business, own the result

  • Competitive benefits and remuneration packages

  • Opportunity to deepen your expertise in a dynamic workenvironment

  • Innovative and collaborative multidisciplinary projects

  • On the job training, mentoring and coachingClosing Date: 24 October 2019

Renowned for technical excellence, Golder is a leading, global employee-owned engineering and consulting firm with over a half century of successful service to its clients. With over 165 offices in over 30 countries, Golder’s 6,500 professionals are driven by a passion to deliver results, offering unique specialized skills to address the ever-evolving challenges that earth, environment and energy present to clients across the infrastructure, mining, oil and gas, manufacturing and power sectors.

Title: Tailings Engineer Intermediate


Requisition ID: 19002507