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Specialist, Senior – Blasting Open Pit

Job Details

Job ID#: 077526
Location: Papua New Guinea

Closing Date: December 31, 2016


Papua New Guinea

Barrick (Niugini) Limited (“BNL”) is a company incorporated in Papua New Guinea, and operates the Porgera Gold Mine in Enga Province on behalf of the Porgera Joint Venture partners. BNL is an independently managed company and is jointly owned through an equal partnership between Barrick Gold and Zijin Mining Group. The Porgera Gold Mine employs over 2,500 Papua New Guineans, and over the life of the mine it has contributed approximately 10% of Papua New Guinea’s total annual exports.

Position Objective

We seek to appoint an experienced Specialist, Senior – Blasting Open Pit to join the Porgera Team. Reporting directly to the Superintendent – Open Pit the Specialist, Senior – Blasting Open Pit is responsible for the supervising of open pit drill and blast activities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  •  Planning of drill and blast activities according to the 2-weekly plan for open pit mining;
  • Approve the drill and blast components of the daily plan for open pit mining and coordinate drill and blast activities to achieve the plan;
  • Fulfil the statutory role of magazine holder and maintain magazine stock levels;
  • Ensure the storage, handling and use of explosives complies with statutory and site requirements;
  • Ensure the competency development and assessment of drill and blast crews;
  • Ordering of explosives and drill consumables.

To be suitable for this role, you will possess the following:

  • Recognised Australian Blasting ticket (state) and PNG Blasting ticket;
  • Eligible for appointment as site Magazine Holder;
  • Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment (or equivalent);
  • Extensive experience in a similar position in large open pit mining operations;
  • Experience in development the role-specific knowledge of drill and blast supervisors;
  • The ability and willingness to train and develop national employees;
  • For those candidates who have strong written and verbal communication skills in both English and Chinese are encouraged to apply.
  • Current Drivers Licence

Your point of hire will be Cairns, Australia and your primary location will be the Porgera Mine Site. An on-travel allowance will be provided to candidates who reside outside of Cairns, Australia. The roster for this role is a fly in, fly out rotation on 16 days on, 12 days off.

The Company will provide assistance as per BNL Relocation Policy to relocate the successful candidate to Cairns, Australia if the candidate holds a current visa to reside in Australia. The offer for this role is conditional upon the candidate successfully obtaining and retaining a visa that allows you to work in Papua New Guinea.


All submissions must be via the Barrick website reference number: 077526. Applications close on Tuesday 22nd December 2015. If you have any further questions please contact Kristy Soper, Human Resources Officer on (07) 4050 5100.

Please note as part of the BNL Recruitment Process, all applicants must be willing to undertake immigration and pre-employment medical screening and will need to obtain a National Police Clearance.

BNL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages cultural diversity, gender equality and non-discrimination. Applicants who have not been responded to within thirty (30) days should consider their application unsuccessful.


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