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Director, Operations Planning and Analysis

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Job ID#: 151797
Location: Colorado, United States

Closing Date: December 31, 2016

Founded in 1921 and publicly traded since 1925, Newmont ( is one of the largest gold companies in the world.  Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the company has approximately 34,000 employees and contractors, with the majority working at Newmont’s core operations in the United States, Australia, Peru, Indonesia and Ghana.  Newmont is the only gold company listed in the S&P 500 index and in 2007 became the first gold company selected to be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.  Newmont’s industry leading performance is reflected through high standards in environmental management, health and safety for its employees and creating value and opportunity for host communities and shareholders.


The Director, Operations Planning & Analysis, an experienced mining engineer, will bring a key technical skill set and operational perspective to the corporate planning function, primarily comprised of financial professionals. This leader will bring a deeper understanding of the mine planning within our operations, enhance the quality of business analytics and financial models with a solid understanding of the technical drivers and constraints within our plans, and strengthen the overall business and operational acumen of the team through knowledge sharing and cross-training. Areas or primary responsibility are to:
  • Lead regions in developing and evaluating a range of mine plan options to proactively manage Newmont’s business plan and strategic plan portfolio to achieve corporate targets; develop contingency cases to understand how portfolio can be managed across a range of macroeconomic scenarios.
  • Lead Newmont’s monthly and quarterly performance management process to analyze financial performance, interpret underlying operational drivers, predict future implications and identify potential course corrections. Maintain, govern and improve underlying systems and processes.
  • Provide plan reporting, analysis and communications to executive audiences to explain issues, identify value, evaluate investment alternatives and support executive decision making. Partner with Investor Relations to develop external messaging and explanation of underlying operational and project drivers. Lead the analysis and presentation of Newmont’s annual business plan. Maintain and improve operations planning reporting and analysis tools; coordinate with regions to provide training and identify enhancements.
  • Oversee distributed planning and analysis processes, including performing QA/QC & peer reviews, as well as planning, coordinating, and providing advanced and complex analytics, evaluation, interpretation and, synthesis of  data; leading business and strategic decisions
  • Act as a true business partner in anticipating and understanding customer questions in areas of plan options and plan variance analysis.
  • Develop new and/or improve existing economic models that quantify changes to operating plans and their impacts to financial metrics. Summarize and simplify analytical results to facilitate executive decision making.
  • Act as a true business partner with Director & above leaders (Study and Project Directors, Regional/Functional Leadership & Regional Planning personnel) & other cross functional teams to present coordinated results for plan reviews with the Executive Leadership Team. Manage functional relationship and provide independent recommendations.
  • Work requires originality, judgment, facilitation skills and gaining alignment in the independent evaluation and resolution of problems.
  • With thorough knowledge of corporate and regional business plans and strategies, assist in communicating the global strategic rationale for investment decisions effectively to help determine the strategic fit of a project or investment opportunity and present analysis to relevant stakeholders, including the ELT, regional & functional leadership.
  • Independently develop, produce, enhance and analyze key performance metrics for projects / operations/investment opportunities that enable a standardized rating and ranking against other alternatives in Newmont’s investment portfolio.
  • Lead and manage and provide recommendations for the development of specialized analytical tools including simulations, scenario analysis, portfolio management or detailed budgeting systems. Use these tools and integrate findings into the consolidated business plan to determine portfolio risks and opportunities.
  • Enhance plan flexibility and optionality by leading & facilitating the process of evaluating operations, project, portfolio & investment options that are collectively exhaustive and mutually exclusive.
  • Drive quality assurance and establish quality control processes to maintain the integrity of information being provided from multiple regions and functions.
  • Lead & facilitate the process of managing through influence across the organization and bridges the needs of multiple stakeholders, including regional leadership, regional planning and project teams and corporate functions.
  • Partner with Corporate Development and technical due diligence teams in the economic evaluation of external investment opportunities & strategies.
  • Lead the effort of collaborating with technical and business functions to ensure that sources used in economic and portfolio models are based on appropriate assumptions that conform to current Business Planning guidance.
  • Provide mentoring to individuals in the organization to improve financial and mine engineering analysis techniques, planning skills, understanding of Newmont’s portfolio and overall business acumen.
  • Lead the development, establishment and implementation of global standards, tools and practices of economic & portfolio evaluations.
  • Proactively lead, identify & partner with other functions and employees to increase business acumen and focus across company and functions; actively create, plan and manage and execute stakeholder and communication plans.
  • Provide written reports and documentation for work completed as necessary to satisfy the requirements of the Investment System, business reporting, communications to senior management, ELT and/or BOD (e.g. plan review presentations, monthly analysis reports, memos, etc.)
  • Subject Matter Expert for the department’s operations planning analytical tools, methods and processes. Provides recommendations for improvement/best practices and organizes implementation. Requires sound knowledge of mine planning, integrated planning systems, financial accounting, tax, capital budgeting and portfolio analysis.
  • Effectively communicate analytical results and methods to personnel at all levels of the organization both verbally and in written formats.
  • Manage critical financial & operational reporting systems & requirements.
  • Effectively and professionally communicate with all stakeholders, including external stakeholders when applicable, both verbally and in written format.
The above duties and responsibilities are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
  • Position may be required to travel to, and assist other domestic and international sites.
  • Position may be required to work in a mining environment on a temporary basis.
  • Position will require significant periods of peak workload.




  • Undergraduate degree in Mine Engineering or related technical degree. MBA or Masters in Mineral Economics preferred.
  • Minimum 12+ years of combined relevant experience in mining and financial work. At least 6 years at mining operation. Previous management experience preferred.
  • Ability to efficiently and effectively evaluate and prioritize tasks.
  • Self-motivated, dynamic, diplomatic and results oriented.
  • Experience in driving mine designs to optimize value.
  • Experience in evaluating and modifying site budgets to achieve targets and in evaluating site mining and financial performance against budget and driving necessary course corrections.
  • Experience in project management, valuation, risk analysis, simulation. Familiarity with mine project execution.
  • Excellent communication/presentation skills, both written and verbal. Experience in supporting executive decision making.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact with all levels within the organization; cross-cultural sensitivity and ability to adapt interactions depending on audience.
  • Strong understanding of financial accounting, tax, capital budgeting and portfolio analysis, including development of financial analysis tools.
  • Strong understanding of mine engineering operations analysis tools including linking these tools to financial analysis tools.
  • Expert analytic, quantitative and synthesis skills; in-depth knowledge and application of mining and financial data and modeling plus ability to connect and distill data into meaningful management information.
  • Ability to lead through influence, impact across diverse stakeholder groups.


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