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Environmental Affairs Tailings Manager

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Kinross Corporate Head Office is located in downtown Toronto and supports Kinross operations and projects worldwide. Corporate functions include Finance, Procurement, Health & Safety, Human Resources, IT and Investor Relations.

Job Description

While working at a corporate level, participate in helping to execute global environmental management strategies to achieve Kinross’ commitment to high standards and performance. The  focus of the role is on oversight of the Tailings Management program and support for sites on water balances.  In addition the role will assist in operating and closure site investigations into hydrogeology and geochemistry for compliance and closure planning.  The role will also contribute to the development, implementation and reporting of Kinross’ environmental practices, programs, standards, management systems, and performance metrics. As required lead environmental activities, including identifying issues and completing tasks related to exploration, permitting, construction, operations, closure and post-closure of company operations.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Oversee the tailings management program including update and implementation of the tailings standard.  Included would be management of the third party review program. 
  2. Provide oversight and guidance to the sites on site water balances to insure that the water balance employ the appropriate level of rigor and that they are used for planning based on probabilistic predictions.  Water balances tie closely to and are a component of the tailings management program.
  3. Participate in site investigations and studies into hydrogeology and geochemistry to provide baseline assessments and impact analyses to support compliance, problem solving and closure planning. 
  4. Participate as a member of the Safety and Sustainability team.
  5. Secondary duties would include:
  1. Participates in carrying out environmental audits of sites versus legal requirements and Kinross Standards.
  2. Participates in carrying out engineered risk assessments.
  3. Assists with compilation of monthly and quarterly environmental reports from sites and reports the results to senior management.
  4. Directs environmental consultants and contractors to ensure the production of technically sound work products supporting Kinross’ business objectives.
  5. Contributes to the formulation of annual operating and capital budgets for environmental management consistent with Kinross’ established financial guidelines and business planning process.
  6. As required manages the permitting of exploration and development projects, completion of environmental studies, development of operating plans and designs, concurrent reclamation, and compliance with regulatory and permit requirements.
  7. Tracks key environmental issues and assists sites with management of these issues.

Participates in update to and continuous improvement of the Kinross Environmental Management System. 


Sustainability Expectations:

Contributes to the development of policies and procedures relating to environmental management, compliance, permitting, and reclamation and closure. Assists in ensuring that Kinross work areas are in compliance with environmental policies and regulations and that environmental staff have the necessary training, skills, knowledge, and tools to do their jobs effectively.


Scope of Responsibility & Complexity 

Works under the direction of the Director Environmental Affairs.  Work is highly complex and requires industry and environmental management expertise in addition to business acumen and organizational knowledge.  Work is performed with general authority and results are commonly achieved through other managers and professionals.  Ability to influence team members and stakeholders directly linked to communications skills and effectiveness in global setting.  Work significantly impacts the results of the Company.

Education and Experience

  • BA or BS degree in Geotechnical Engineering, GeologicEnvironmental Engineering, Natural Resource Management, Biological Sciences, Mining Engineering, or similar technical discipline, or equivalent experience with increasing levels of responsibility
  • Formal professional or technical registration in appropriate area of expertise
  • 10 or more years of related work experience with at least 5 years of experience at a mining operation or equivalent
  • Demonstrated problem solver
  • Experience managing employees and directing work teams
  • Thorough understanding of geotechnical best practice, its implementation, and the laws and regulations that relate to hard-rock mining operations
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work internationally
  • Effective communicator both orally and in writing

High performance and standards for social responsibility


  • Ability to learn quickly
  • Basic knowledge of all phases of mining and milling operations
  • A working knowledge of the provisions of environmental permits and regulations
  • Working knowledge and skills with a PC utilizing word processing and spreadsheet programs
  • Experience in managing people in diverse functional, technical, and cultural settings
  • English fluency with multilingual capability an asset (current emphasis: Spanish, Portuguese, Russian)
  • International work experience desirable
  • Ability to work independently with minimal oversight

Excellent administrative and organizational skills


Kinross is a Canadian-based gold mining company with mines and projects in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Chile, Russia, Ghana and Mauritania, employing approximately 9,300 people worldwide. Our core purpose is to lead the world in generating value through responsible mining.

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