Golder Associates Job Vacancy For Geotechnical/Tailings Engineer

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

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Responsibilities / Duties:

Provide services on tailings projects in the mining industry including:

• Design and inspection of tailings and water storage facilities

• The means of construction of tailings deposits.

• The operation and management of deposits.

• The properties of tailings.

• The behaviour of tailings.


Manage, analyse and prepare reports for geotechnical projects which may include the following:

• Foundations for medium to large industrial developments and multi-storey developments with basements.

• Earthworks, ground improvement and development

• Problematic soils

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

Develop client relationship and build business

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

Closure & deposits stability and seepage analysis

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 external Clients)

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 and custodian of Golder’s Health and Safety best practice

Health and safety performance indicators in line with Golder target



  • Relevant Degree in the Geotechnical / Civil Engineering
  • Professional Register at GHIE (Min 4 years)



  • 5 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



The employee has an increased level of specialist skills in technical discipline area, strong project management skills, or a mix of both.

Displays independence in completing work tasks.

Makes decisions of moderate complexity with less frequent input and review from senior staff.

Major focus is leadership of technical excellence or project management for larger and more complex projects with less supervision required.

Provides technical direction to junior and intermediate staff.

Is responsible for completion of reports / documents and proposals with senior review.

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

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

This is the first level having more regular contribution to group or team goals and planning.

Motivates and encourages junior and intermediate staff to achieve results.

Has regular contact with clients and manages client expectations.

Employees focus on setting a positive example by identifying and reporting hazards, near misses and incidents.

Displays a ‘safety first’ focus.

Employees actively raise safety issues to the attention of peers, contractors and visitors and assist in seeking resolution to the issues identified.

Communicates clearly and consistently the importance of health and safety and recognizes those who show the right behaviours.

Standards / Processes / Procedures.



Trusted project manager: consistently manages projects and / or tasks well, wants to expand project management abilities to include larger multi-disciplinary projects, able to communicate with teams, can bridge project director to junior staff

Client focused: being more of a “solution” provider to client and colleagues than “deliverable” provider, comfortable with being the face of Golder, point of 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 our business (i.e. time vs. costs vs. quality)

Mentoring: informal guidance and career development of junior staff

Technical excellence: creating an area of technical speciality or service, highly skilled and respected in their field, participates in on-going training and conferences.

Good problem solver: able to frame and communicate complex issues into simple tasks.

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

Influential: are known beyond their team and people seek their input or involvement

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 lead small teams, actively supports corporate initiatives and promotes Golder’s culturea

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