Technical Lead – Diesel Transition Program

Rio Tinto

Posted on:  12th Feb 2024

Technical Lead – Diesel Transition Program

We encourage women and Indigenous Peoples to apply, as we advance our business to more accurately reflect the world around us.

  • Permanent employment which includes attractive salary, annual bonuses and a huge range of additional benefits which are designed to make your life better  
  • Play a key role in the Diesel Transition Program, delivering programs into our global operations
  • Drive innovation and promote value-added growth
  • Central Park, Perth

Where we’re all welcome  

We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable to be 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, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us who we are.  

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, the LGBTI+ community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.  

We acknowledge that all people are different and believe that our differences are our strength. The diversity of skills, life experiences and perspectives within our team enhances our way of working and our ability to achieve success together.  

About the role  

The Diesel Transition Program is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies to reduce diesel-based carbon emissions across Rio Tinto’s global portfolio. The work of this team includes the acceleration of technical solutions that will deliver Rio Tinto’s ambitious emission reduction goals. Rio Tinto has an ambitious strategy to grow our business and decarbonise. From sourcing mining solutions of the future, to creating businesses with host communities, to building new supply chains around our greenfield assets, the importance of Procurement in Rio Tinto’s success has never been greater.

We are looking for Technical Lead to join our Global Equipment and Diesel Transition team in Perth. You’ll be part of a high performing team and responsible for shaping and enabling technical delivery of diesel transition programs into our global operations.

Reporting to the Senior Manager – Diesel Transition Program, you will:  

  • Embrace a growth mindset and use collaborative ways of working in multidisciplinary teams, to drive inclusivity, excellence, and build meaningful partnerships as we shape and deliver the Diesel Transition Program
  • Provide technical guidance on diesel abatement technology applications
  • Lead technical shaping of diesel transition programs and support delivery into the Operations
  • Provide the core technical credibility for Diesel Transition Program to progress portfolio initiatives through the relevant research and development or study stage gates
  • Be a key interface between Diesel Transition Program and Group Technical teams, when specific deeper technical experience and / or research and development is required
  • Support Diesel Transition Program Portfolio Manager and Strategy & Commercial Manager with critical analysis, decision making, and prioritisation of new technologies
  • Support business case development and technical justification for chosen technologies within the Diesel Transition Program portfolio
  • Work with external providers (third parties, OEM’s, engineering consultants) and provide critical analysis of new technologies and guidance to Diesel Transition Program on suitable applications within the business
  • Collaborate with broader business (Group Technical, OCS, Asset Management) for required deeper specific knowledge and technical expertise to ensure alignment with direction of the business
  • Remain engaged with electrification and equipment SME’s within the business to leverage learnings from other areas.
  • Actively challenge beliefs on current diesel abatement technologies and stay abreast with leading research and industry learnings
  • Foster a culture of zero harm and continuous improvement

What you’ll bring  

  • A commitment to the safety of yourself and your team
  • Respect for others and an all-inclusive mindset
  • Familiarity with various mine operating environments and new technology implementation
  • Experience with defining development approaches and subsequent implementation of new technologies in a mining environment, including operational readiness and challenges
  • Understanding of electrification including safety considerations (functional safety), high level design and output requirements
  • Comfort with systems thinking and understanding of how high-level approach can impact implementation of technology
  • Either systems engineering experience or understanding of relevant processes to support project implementation
  • Ability to address technical questions from OEMs and other suppliers on performance requirements of equipment, and be able to interpret and prioritize technical queries
  • Ability to lead technical resources on deployment of diesel displacement projects in Rio Tinto Operations
  • Experience with research and development framework and progressing ideas into successful deployment outcomes.
  • Familiarity with the due diligence and governance required to support future decision making if decisions are made to stop a particular solution
  • Able to work collaboratively across disciplines, bring a project delivery focus and mindset, and constructively and respectfully challenge

If you are excited about the role and think you have what it takes but your experience doesn't align 100% we still want to hear from you.  

What we offer  

  • Be recognised for your contribution, your thinking and your hard work, and go home knowing you’ve helped the world progress.
  • A work environment where safety is always the number one priority
  • A permanent position working directly for Rio Tinto
  • Full relocation provided to Western Australia from elsewhere in Australia
  • A competitive base salary reflective of your skills and experience with annual incentive bonus
  • Comprehensive medical benefits including subsidised private health insurance for employees and immediate family
  • Attractive share ownership plan
  • Company provided insurance cover
  • Extensive salary sacrifice & salary packaging options
  • Career development & education assistance to further your technical or leadership ambitions
  • Ongoing access to family-friendly health and medical wellbeing support
  • Leave for all of life’s reasons (vacation/annual, paid parental, sick leave, cultural leave)
  • To better suit different family needs, our paid parental leave approach gives all parents the option to take 18 weeks of paid leave after a new child arrives – at a time that suits them
  • Exclusive employee discounts including hotel stays, banking, accommodation, cars, retail and more.

Who we are  

Rio Tinto is a leading global mining and materials company. We operate in 35 countries where we produce iron ore, copper, aluminium, critical minerals, and other materials needed for the global energy transition and for people, communities, and nations to thrive.  

We have been mining for 150 years and operate with knowledge built up across generations and continents. Our purpose is finding better ways to provide the materials the world needs – striving for innovation and continuous improvement to produce materials with low emissions and to the right environmental, social and governance standards. But we can’t do it on our own, so we’re focused on creating partnerships to solve problems, create win-win and meet opportunities.  

Where you’ll be working  

Rio Tinto Global Procurement ensures resilient supply chains that deliver value to the Rio Tinto Group through the strategic sourcing and buying of goods and services for our operations. Playing a fundamental role, value is achieved through effective supplier partnerships, innovation, easy and standardised processes, e-technology, corporate social responsibility and increased commercial advantage.

Applications close on 25th February 2024 (Rio Tinto reserves the right to remove advertised roles prior to this date).

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