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Environmental Manager

The Simandou Project / Rio Tinto
Location: GNE-Conakry Region, Conakry
Last Date: December 5, 2010

Environmental Manager - CON00008

Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the UK. Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining and processing mineral resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia and North America with businesses in South America, Asia, Europe and Southern Africa. For more information, please visit

The Simandou Project, Guinea is a mega project within Rio Tinto Iron Ore's portfolio. It will involve construction and operation of a high tonnage mine + rail + deep-water port. The project is in Study Phase with continuing drilling and infrastructure development activities occurring at the mine site.


This role maintains overall accountability for the establishment, implementation and delivery of environmental systems, procedures and standards to ensure Sustainable Development objectives are embedded within the site decision making process, and that Rio Tinto environmental and community commitments are achieved.

Specific responsibilities will include:

•Ensure the ISO14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) is established and given high priority and the certification process and internal audit program are proactively managed.
•Manage the development of internal standards and guidelines and liaise closely with key stakeholders to ensure awareness, participation and compliance with the standards & operational guidelines.
•Ensure the development of systems and processes to collect and record environmental baseline data.
•Provide leadership, direction and support to the environmental team.
•Manage the establishment of internal approval systems and ensure they are Simandou specific while remaining consistency with Rio Tinto standards.
•Ensure training in environmental awareness and procedures to all staff and contractors where appropriate
•Implement the ISO14001 EMS, audit and accreditation process.
•Managing seed nurseries
•Manage an onsite analytical laboratory
•Develop and implement an extensive monitoring program
•Ensure site compliance with legal obligations and Rio Tinto and IFC standards
•Conduct rehabilitation works and propagation trials
•Effective relationships developed and maintained with Simandou personnel and external bodies
•Provide monthly and annual environmental reporting
•Provide accurate and timely advice on environmental matters
•Participate in community based projects
•Implement the Pc de Fon management plan.
•Deliver operational improvements through LEAN and other improvement initiatives.

•Tertiary qualifications in Science, Environmental Management or a related discipline
•ISO1400 training will be ideal
•Significant experience with the implementation and management of environmental programs.
•Experience with environmental and communities aspects of mining and exploration is highly desirable
•Minimum of 10 years experience in environment field, preferably in the minerals processing or mining industry
•Experience in regulatory and major project development is desirable.
•Expert knowledge and understanding and application of legislative and regulatory framework.
•Experience with the implementation of a risk management process.

Leadership Competencies:

•Operational Delivery - Taking actions that optimize short and long term operational performance
•Commercial Focus - Applying commercial rigor and discipline to all business decisions and customer relationships
•Business Focused Collaboration - Leveraging the broader organization for value creation through sharing knowledge, experience, resources and skills
•Living the values - Aligning behaviours, decisions and actions with the values and principles in "The way we work" and related Group guidelines and standards
•Leading Self - Taking responsibility and accountability for own behaviour and development

Technical Competencies and Skills

•French language (highly desirable)
•Superior written, verbal and communication skills
•Strong relationship building skills
•Data interpretation
•Strong understanding of compliance and risk management
•Strong understanding of safety culture and management
•Strong knowledge of environmental auditing procedures
•Well developed problem solving and organisational skills, and attention to detail
•Willingness to spend significant amounts of time in field camps
•Excellent facilitation skills
•Flexible and adaptable

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