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IS&T Area Manager

Rio Tinto

This is a Contract position in Superior, AZ posted May 12, 2022.

IS&T Area Manager

  • Key role in the delivery, execution, and reporting of the IS&T work packages
  • Previous experience in working autonomously and collaborating with regional teams
  • Role-based in Superior, Arizona, USA

About the role

We are looking for an IS&T Area Manager based in Arizona, USA. The IS&T Area Manager is fundamental to the project as they are delivering, executing, and reporting on the IS&T work packages required for an underground mining environment and future operations.

This role is a great opportunity for an experienced IS&T professional to ensure that the whole o of mine technical requirements of the underground copper mine asset are met through efficient and effective IS&T project management of the IS&T work packages. The IS&T Area Manager will possess technical, production, business, project, and digital enterprise systems experience to help lead the project delivery. Reporting to the IS&T Business Partner, Major Projects, the high-level activities include:

  • Delivery and execution of the IS&T work packages for the Underground Mine Access execution stage
  • Delivery and execution of the IS&T work package for the Life of Mine feasibility stage
  • Development, management, and reporting of the IS&T costs/scope/schedule to ensure the project is managed for all relevant project phases
  • Preparation of the IS&T work packages for Underground Mine Access execution project and life of mine Feasibility, including estimates, and procurement activities.
  • Management and coordination of IS&T requirements for both underground, surface, and processing systems to support the project
  • Preparation of the IS&T study reports supporting each project phase
  • Coordination and management of the technical interfacing activities across Rio Tinto stakeholder groups, including engagement of external parties where necessary.
  • Coordination and development of cross-functional architecture groups across Resolution Copper; EPCM engineering and Rio Tinto experts to develop technical strategies that are aligned to Rio Tinto Digital strategy and enterprise architectures
  • Engagement with IS&T Architecture & Strategy and IS&T regional teams to align UG Mine Access execution plans with broader IS&T Area of Expertise (AoE) and Centre of Expertise (CoE) strategies.

About you

The IST Area Manager must be able to work collaboratively across distributed regional teams with:

  • Willingness / demonstrated adoption of Rio Tinto values
  • Demonstrated 15+ Years of Project and Program Management experience on projects
  • Extensive experience delivering projects in a multi-vendor environment / EPCMs
  • Highly desired experience working on capital project delivery programmes
  • Proven track record in senior stakeholder engagement.
  • Experience working with solutions, data, and network architecture including project system advisory and consulting
  • Highly developed written and oral communication skills
  • Solid understanding of the systems development and support lifecycle. Operational technologies exposure is advantageous.
  • Leadership qualities with an ability to use influence and relationships to work with other (third party) teams
  • Ability to work in complex organization environments (i.e., matrix) and with remote and regional teams.
  • Ability to plan work to meet deadlines
  • Logical and structured decision making with an emphasis on the management of specific major project IS&T deliverables
  • A keen focus on minimizing the impacts that a technology project can have on the end-user experience

What we offer

Here is just a glimpse of our industry-leading rewards package:

  • A competitive starting wage with opportunity for growth and career progression
  • Career development & education assistance to further your ambitions
  • Access top tier family-friendly health and medical programs
  • Generous 401k matching program
  • Attractive company share ownership plan (up to 50% company match)
  • Leave for all moments that matter in life (vacation/annual, 18 weeks paid parental leave for primary caregiver short term sick leave, paid holidays)

About Rio Tinto

Every idea, every innovation, every little thing the world calls ‘progress’ begins with a first step, and someone willing to take it: explorers, inventors, entrepreneurs. Pioneers.

For nearly 150 years, Rio Tinto has been a company of pioneers – generations of people spanning the globe, all with the grit and vision to produce materials essential to human progress.

Our iron ore has shaped skylines from Shanghai to Sydney. Our aluminium – the world’s first to be certified “responsible” – helps planes fly and makes cars lighter. Our copper helps wind turbines power cities and our boron helps feed the world and explore the universe. Our diamonds help us celebrate the best parts of life.

Where you’ll be working

The Resolution Copper project is a proposed underground mine 60 miles east of Phoenix, Arizona, near the town of Superior. The project is a joint venture owned by Rio Tinto (55%) and BHP (45%). The ore deposit lies nearly 7,000 feet below the earth’s surface. It represents one of the most significant untapped copper deposits today, with an estimated copper resource of 1.787 billion metric tonnes at an average grade of 1.5% copper. The mine has the potential to supply nearly 25% of US copper demand.

The mine will create several thousand direct and indirect jobs, with an economic value of several billion dollars over the estimated mine life. Resolution will also serve as an engine for economic growth, and use best practices to create a safe, sustainable, and environmentally friendly operation. The copper from the mine will be used to produce vital products that modern society depends upon, such as electric vehicles, smartphones, and MRI scanners.

Permitting is well underway, and the public plays a significant role in planning and approving the project.

Every Voice Matters

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, women, the LGBTQ+ community, mature workers, people with disabilities, and people from different cultural backgrounds.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

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We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable being themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome – they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin,