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Geotechnical Engineering Manager

Date: Jun 8, 2021

LOCATION: Calgary, Alberta (CA-AB)
JOB NUMBER: 55145

Why you should join us:

We need you to lead, mentor, and coach a team that provides and manages quality engineering designs in support of the operation for critical geotechnical structures (e.g. dykes, dumps and pitwalls). You will rely on the group’s team of Geotechnical Engineers of Record for the various Suncor Mine Operations in the region, and liase heavily with our Resident Geotechnical Engineers, Dam Safety Coordinator and the Pitwall Specialist/Geologist. You will supervise both technical staff as well as contract professional geotechnical engineers.

You will use your expertise to:

  • Manage Suncor’s technical scope for critical geotechnical structures in mine and tailings
  • Lead a team of competent technical specialists including critical engineering roles and key specialists to manage these structures
  • Ensure communication among team members to provide consistent technical expertise
  • Manage the technical and professional development of staff to maintain industry leading practices
  • Ensure the team provides geotechnical engineering designs that meet design objectives, stakeholder expectations and project timelines
  • Ensure delivery of quality, timely engineering design services including:

o Designs for regulatory approval in support of construction

o Designs in the specific areas of Dykes, Dumps and Pitwalls, including detailed Issued For Construction (IFC) drawings

o Technical support for Mine, Tailings and Reclamation planning activities

  • Support the Critical Geotechnical Engineering Roles and Key Specialist Roles with authority for key decisions that affect the operation or Suncor’s risk profile
  • Maintain alignment with Manager, Operations Support Geotechnical and Manager, Strategic and Closure Geotechnical
  • Facilitate professional working relationships across various geotechnical engineering stakeholders primarily Long Range Planning (LRP) and tailings operations, ensuring projects and associated costs are in alignment with department cost and schedule mandates
  • Plan and oversee geotechnical site investigations to determine existing and subsurface conditions including site reconnaissance, drilling supervision, sample characterization
  • Determine required field sampling and laboratory testing requirements and ensuring proper documentation of result, and interpret and analyze field and laboratory results for use in design
  • Provide geotechnical engineering recommendations regarding (but not limited to) soil and rock engineering parameters, soil liquefaction assessments, seismic analysis, frost issues, soil dynamic parameters and site development and pavement design
  • Liaise with contractors which include conducting site inspection and supervision, and Quality Assurance and Quality Control inspections
  • Prepare cost estimates and proposals for a variety of stakeholders
  • Monitor progress on all projects to ensure timelines, targets and budgets are being met
  • Ensure proper project planning is in place for the scheduling, staffing, and resourcing of teams to ensure the effective execution of projects

We’d like to review your application if you have…

Must-haves (minimum requirements):

  • 10 years of experience in oil sands mining (open pit) or coal-based geotechnical engineering (a considerable portion of this time should have been in formal technical leadership roles with an emphasis on leading construction design work in an open pit mine)
  • Experience with development and reporting of performance and construction monitoring reporting to Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering
  • Possess Registered or immediately eligible for registration as a Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
  • A valid driver’s licence and a clean driving record
  • A solid understanding of AER Dam Safety and Mining Association of Canada guidelines and the regulatory approval process pertaining to construction design in support of mine operations
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and AutoCAD
  • Proven project management skills and leadership abilities, including experience developing and managing the performance of professional engineers, and building effective engineering work processes
  • Effective communicator capable of understanding, anticipating, and responding to the ongoing needs of mining engineering and operations groups
  • Alignment with our values: safety above all else, stronger together, operational discipline, curiosity and lifelong learning, and act with integrity

Preference for:

  • Civil or geotechnical engineering degree, along with additional geotechnical education and training in soil and rock mechanics would be an asset

Where you’ll be working, your work schedule, and other important information:

  • You will work out of our Calgary head office, located in the Suncor Energy Centre at 150 – 6th Ave S.W.
  • Hours of work are a regular 40-hour work week, Monday to Friday
  • Some travel from Calgary to Fort McMurray may be required
  • We have numerous Employee Inclusion Networks who work together to help foster an inclusive and respectful culture and drive positive change at Suncor. Current networks include both Workplace Inclusion Networks (focusing on inclusion and respect for all), and identity-focused networks (focusing on building community and a sense of belonging and allyship for different groups)
  • We require qualified and safety-focused employees for business-critical roles that maintain our commitment to operational excellence and reliable operations. We are using technology to conduct virtual interviews to adhere to physical distancing recommendations and we are well set up for remote onboarding and orientation
  • Suncor encourages everyone to do their part and support global efforts to limit the impact of COVID-19 with good hygiene practices, physical distancing, and with care and consideration for the people around you. For more information on how we’re responding to COVID-19, click here. #StrongerTogether

Why Suncor?

We are Canada's leading integrated energy company with a business portfolio that includes oil sands development and upgrading, offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product marketing under the Petro-Canada brand. Our global presence offers rewarding opportunities for you to learn, contribute, and grow in a variety of career-building positions. We live by the value of safety above all else – if it isn't safe, we don't do it. Our strong track record of growth and a focus on sustainability mean tremendous potential for the future. Learn about our purpose and values.

In addition to rewarding job opportunities, we offer an attractive employee package, including:

  • Competitive base salary, compensation programs, and an annual incentive program
  • Flexible benefits package
  • Rewarding pension and savings plans

Stay connected to us:

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from all qualified individuals. We are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive work environment where every employee feels valued and respected. We will consider accessibility accommodations to applicants upon request. Check out our social goal to learn how we are working to build greater mutual trust and respect with the Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

Please note that our job postings are typically open for two weeks, so don't delay, apply now.

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