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Regional Manager - Exploration - Magadan, Russia

Kinross is a Canadian-based gold mining company with mines, projects and offices in 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.

Kinross is represented in Russia by Kupol and Dvoinoye operations, and offices in Anadyr, Bilibino, Pevek, Magadan and Moscow.

Anadyr and Bilibino offices provide administrative support to Kinross’ operations in the northern region of Chukotka through interfacing with local and regional authorities, regulators and local communities. The Bilibino office also provides logistics support to the two Russia-based gold mines. Kupol and Dvoinoye high-grade gold and silver deposits are underground mines connected by a 100-kilometer all-season road built over the challenging tundra terrain. A critical role in logistics support for both Kupol and Dvoinoye is played by the company office in the port town of Pevek; this office is also responsible for interaction with port and customs authorities, and organizing delivery of received commodities to Kinross’ Kupol and Dvoinoye operations over the 400-kilometer (250-mile) winter road.
Magadan regional office team supports Kinross’ operations and projects in Russia through interaction with local, regional and state agencies and authorities, and cooperation with local communities. Moscow Representative Office is involved in active cooperation with the Russian governmental agencies, media, investment and industry associations by providing information on Kinross’ activities in Russia and assisting Russian authorities in creating a favorable foreign investment climate in the mining sector.
All offices ensure seamless activity of the company’s mine sites and maintain the social license to operate within the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug.

Job Description

To oversee activities related to a complex system, program, or process with significant strategic impact and to ensure service and/or operating standards are met (internally and/or externally). To design and develop processes, practices, and methodologies in exploration geology. To initiate and undertake projects to optimize performance within exploration geology and to ensure adherence to industry regulations and organizational standards.

To facilitate the continuous training of Russian (national) and expatriate employees in exploration methodologies, technologies, and software use. As well as provide mentoring and coaching to junior geologists and ensure a cohesive team-based working environment.

Job Responsibilities

To develop and implement strategies that grow the company’s gold reserves either through brownfields exploration around existing mine sites and projects in the region or through the generation, acquisition, and exploration of greenstone gold targets

• To develop and implement business practices and policies in exploration which are aligned with the organization’s regional and corporate strategies

• To lead, develop and maintain a team of exploration technical professionals sufficiently competent and skilled to further the objectives and strategies set by the region and supported by Kinross

• Interact with Senior Regional and Corporate Management, Mine General Managers and Projects Management to ensure that effective programs are undertaken, which are directed at meeting the needs of the mine sites region and to ensure that strategies, objectives and results are in line with the company’s global strategy

• Manage exploration teams and oversee professional development

• To develop succession plans within the regional brownfields exploration group or global greenfields exploration group that encourages the transfer of skills and experience

• Responsibility for framing and managing budget, upholding Kinross values, continuous safety improvement and reporting results as required

• Responsible for meeting high environmental standards in exploration and receiving all necessary permits and approvals before commencing work

• Ensure a high level of data quality, security and QA/QC

• Manage land title security, and any work, reporting and payment commitments on exploration land

Job Description cont'd

To analyze information and prepare technical documents to support decision making:

    • Prepares business cases regarding projects and initiatives and presents recommendations and status updates to key stakeholders.
    • Prepares technical reports and documentation to ensure compliance with industry and operational requirements.
    • Provides input into budgets and operating plans and major capital expenditures in exploration geology.
    • Assists in preparing budget requests and negotiating contracts for exploration and resource definition
    • Integrates and interprets data related to geologic mapping, sampling, survey, and drilling data.

To communicate information related to exploration geology and to mentor others:

    • Assists with training and skill development on technical issues.
    • Provides information on operating standards, compliance requirements, and policies to key stakeholders.
    • Recognized as an internal expert in exploration geology and troubleshoots unusual or complex issues.
Education and Experience
  • BS degree in Geology or a related science is required, and an MS degree is strongly preferred.
  • Focus on structural geology in an exploration setting is preferred.
  • +10 years of experience as a mine or exploration geologist.
  • Has strong working knowledge of exploration techniques and a thorough understanding of drilling and assaying techniques.
  • Strong working knowledge and skill with a PC utilizing office applications and various GIS software platforms.
  • Previous leadership and coaching / team-oriented experience.
  • Ability to work across cultures with colleagues who have different outlooks, experiences, and professional points of view.
  • Expertise in structural geology and exploration target generation.
  • Formal professional designation in an appropriate area of exploration geology.
  • VBA skills considered an asset.

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