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Chief Engineer - Tailings, Crushed Leach & Water: Phoenix, AZ, US, 85004-2121

Please note: This position has the possibility to work remotely up to 100% of the time. The position will require occasional travel to the Phoenix corporate offices and/or site locations . This position may be performed anywhere in the U.S. except California, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky and New York.  Additional states may be excluded from remote work based on business factors.  Should the positions shift to in-office work in the future, the company will offer relocation benefits at that time should the position meet the established eligibility for these benefits.


This in-person position is performed onsite at Freeport-McMoRan’s corporate office in Phoenix, Arizona. In accordance with Freeport-McMoRan’s requirement for all employees who are working or attending a meeting onsite at the corporate office, if you are hired you will be required to submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to entry, unless the company has granted a medical or religious accommodation.



Supervise, provide guidance, mentorship, leadership and technical expertise; organize resources, and evaluate performance relative to established systems. Act as Responsible Tailings Facility Engineer (RTFE) for assigned TSF(s). Provide subject matter expertise in a relevant discipline to support and continuously improve the framework for sustaining stewardship, stability, and risk management for FCX tailings, crushed leach and/or water dams. Serve as resource for Geotechnical and Hydrological information and analysis.

  • Serve as RTFE for assigned TSF(s) and is responsible for the integrity of the TSF(s). Responsible for the scope of work and budget requirements for the tailings facility, including risk management. Responsible for liaising with the EoR, operations, planning, regulatory affairs, social performance and environment teams. Responsible for the implementation of the design. Responsible for the establishment of a change management system. Responsible for the monitoring system and communication of the results to the EoR, including performance reviews. Responsible to deliver required documentation. Interfaces routinely with site leadership and Accountable Executive.
  • Supervise, provide guidance and participate in activities to maintain performance of tailings, crushed leach, and water dam facilities through inspection, measurement, data management, interpretation, analysis, coordination, problem solving and reporting.
  • Review, improve, and apply tailings and water management systems and associated procedures for assigned facilities to achieve good practice.
  • Provide guidance and instruction to multidisciplinary teams; assign tasks as necessary. Review reports for design and operations projects and provide recommendations to site team and to project consultants. Facilitate interaction with other functional areas/disciplines.
  • Collaborate to continuously ensure good performance of tailings, crushed leach, and water management areas and to identify and implement associated improvements. This includes engaging the Engineer of Record in the design and operations of TSF and WD facilities.
  • Supervise or may serve as Project Manager or technical expert on large/complex site planning/construction, expansion or modifications.
  • Contribute to annual operational and sustaining capital budget preparation by supplying costs and recommendations. Manage appropriate budgets for consulting and other services such as drilling and construction contractors.
  • Develop and/or review scopes of work, evaluate proposals, draft formalized internal requests for funding, and administer contracts with vendors for the provision of services and equipment as approved and required.
  • Manage and /or mentor engineers in key practice areas to level of capabilities.
  • Identify opportunities for improvements and determine associated value for risk reduction measures.
  • Perform other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements;

This position requires air travel. In accordance with Freeport-McMoRan’s requirement for all employees whose job requires travel by air, if you are hired you will be required to submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to travel by air, unless the company has granted a medical or religious accommodation

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or related Engineering discipline from an accredited curriculum & seven (7) years of experience in related Engineering field or other closely related field; OR
  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or related Engineering discipline from an accredited curriculum & five (5) years of experience in related Engineering field or other closely related field
  • Knowledge in the principles and practices of Civil, Geologic, Geotechnical, or Hydrologic Engineering or a related field of Engineering
  • Able to demonstrate technical competence through design &/or operations experience in at least one of the following work areas: tailings storage facilities, crushed leach facilities, water dams, process water balance, &/or slurry transport.
  • Strong leadership capabilities
  • Demonstrated communication skills
  • Proficient in MS Office
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally & in writing in English to a diversely educated audience
  • Present a positive, professional image
  • Self-motivated, energetic, able to execute, & client-service oriented
  • Ability to prioritize tasks & work well under pressure
  • Ability to develop & maintain awareness of occupational hazards & safety of yourself & others


Freeport-McMoRan has reviewed the jobs at its various office and operating sites and determined that many of these jobs require employees to perform essential job functions that pose a direct threat to the safety or health of the employees performing these tasks or others.  Accordingly, the Company has designated the following positions as safety-sensitive:

  • Site-based positions, or positions which require unescorted access to site-based operational areas, which are held by employees who are required to receive MSHA, OSHA, DOT, HAZWOPER and/or Hazard Recognition Training; or
  • Positions which are held by employees who operate equipment, machinery or motor vehicles in furtherance of performing the essential functions of their job duties, including operating motor vehicles while on Company business or travel (for this purpose "motor vehicles" includes Company owned or leased motor vehicles and personal vehicles used by employees in furtherance of Company business or while on Company travel); or
  • Positions which Freeport-McMoRan has designated as safety sensitive positions in the applicable job or position description and which upon further review continue to be designated as safety-sensitive based on an individualized assessment of the actual duties performed by a specifically identified employee.

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