Tailings Engineer

Date:  2 Apr 2024

Perth, WA, AU, 6001

Company:  Gold Fields Group Services (Pty) Ltd
Job Req ID:  65900

Role Details:

Reporting to the Processing Manager, to ensure the highest standards of safety, compliance, and operational excellence in the management of Tailings Storage Facilities (TSFs) across all phases of their lifecycle, from planning and design through to closure and rehabilitation. This encompasses a comprehensive approach to risk management, ensuring adherence to principal mining hazard control standards, GFL TSF Management Standards, and applicable environmental and dam safety regulations. As a critical liaison between the site leadership, the Responsible Tailings Facility Engineer (RTFE), the Engineer of Record (EoR), and various stakeholders, the individual in this role will play a key role in upholding the integrity and safety of the TSFs, while also fostering strategic alignment with the overarching objectives set by the RTFE.

As an employee at Gold Fields, we expect all employees to act in a manner that seeks to align and enhance the values, safety culture and performance of Gold Fields to create enduring value beyond mining.

This position is offered as a site-based role on a FIFO from Perth roster of 8 days on, 6 days off, 4 days on and 3 days off.

Benefits include:

  • Private Health Insurance Allowance

  • Site Allowance

  • Quarterly Bonus Scheme

  • Salary sacrifice options

  • Increased leave entitlements for annual leave, paid primary and secondary parental leave.

  • Long service leave pro-rata after 5 years of continuous service.



About the role:

  • Understand and maintain a record of costs associated with tailings management, including maintenance, operation, construction, professional services, and studies.

  • Update and maintain the risk registers, operation, maintenance & surveillance (OMS) manuals, including emergency preparedness and response plans, site tailings management system.

  • Prepare quarterly TSF management reports for the sites, as well as develop and maintain the Tailings Management Plan (TMP) for the operations.

  • Review tailings deposition and tailings capacity quarterly and develop and maintain a short-term (quarterly) deposition plan for implementation on site.

  • Support site teams in the design, construction, operation, and closure aspects of the TSF

  • Establish and maintain a formal relationship with the Engineers of Record (EoRs);

  • Evaluating geological, hydro technical and geotechnical information.


Essential requirements:

  • A University bachelor’s degree in civil or Geotechnical Engineering or a related field

  • Exposure to operating mines and tailings storage facility design and management

  • Experience coordinating TSF site investigations, construction, and commissioning.

  • Practical knowledge of IT engineering systems that analyse slope stability, seepage, hydraulic modelling, and deposition modelling (e.g., GeoStudio, Rocscience, Muk3D, Rift)

  • A valid Driver’s Licence


Applications can be submitted via: https://careers.goldfields.com/Australia

Gold Fields is committed to achieving an inclusive workforce.  We recognise that the diverse talent of our people will ultimately determine our growth, performance, and success. We strongly encourage applications from female, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, as well as candidates with culturally diverse backgrounds.