Closing Date: December 31, 2016
Vice President, Exploration
|We’re a company of miners and that makes us explorers. That means we go where the gold is, even if it takes us across the world. We’ve followed our entrepreneurial spirit and sense of adventure up some of the highest mountains of Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia. We do it all with the help of some of the industry’s best people who help us expand our horizons. We’re a different kind of gold mining company. Mine something different and come explore what we have to offer.
The Company is the largest Western-based gold producer in Central Asia. We produced 620,821 ounces of gold in 2014, 690,720 ounces in 2013, 387,076 ounces in 2012, over 640,000 ounces of gold in 2011 and 680,000 ounces in 2010 from its two operating mines: the Kumtor mine in the Kyrgyz Republic; and the Boroo mine in Mongolia. Centerra has promising exploration properties in Mongolia, Turkey, Portugal, and western Canada.
Centerra’s goal is to establish annual gold production of 1.5 million ounces and build shareholder value by maximizing the potential of its current properties, add additional operating platforms, expand its portfolio of exploration properties and continue to increase its reserves and resources.
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer of Centerra Gold, the VP Exploration is responsible for the development, implementation and management of Centerra’s plans and programs of the organization’s worldwide exploration function. The priority is to develop opportunities for new resources to meet the needs of Centerra and its operating business units. In M&A situations the incumbent will be an active member of the Corporate team established to complete the assessment, due diligence and make recommendations to the Senior Management Team for approval. S/he must ensure compliance and management of projects and joint ventures in accordance with the company’s overall global strategy and standards, as well as ensure strict adherence to all engineering, environmental, legal, financial and social standards, practices and requirements.
As an executive of the company, the incumbent is responsible for establishing the Corporate culture and “tone at the top” with respect to supporting the organization’s guiding principles and policies, especially the Codes of Ethics policy, to ensure that the actions of all Centerra employees and the employees of its subsidiaries (employees) shall reflect honesty, integrity and impartiality that is beyond doubt and in full compliance all applicable governmental laws, regulations and rules.
The VP Exploration plays a critical role in the future growth and success of the company. The key challenges to the position are to:
The position requires an individual with a strong technical background to provide the leadership and guidance for the exploration group and programs. The nature of this position requires the incumbent to be knowledgeable of worldwide gold deposits, preferably with experience in Western Asia, North America and Turkey, their genesis, geological settings, exploration parameters. The incumbent must be an experienced explorationist with a good understanding of business environment and processing technologies and the key activities of competitors. S/he must be able to think both short and long term, consider creative business terms, and have strong negotiation and influence skills. The successful candidate must have a track record of collaboratively establishing a high degree of support from Corporate executives and senior management in country operations.
Work with all levels of senior management and geological personnel at various locations. The incumbent will provide technical guidance and direction to the exploration groups. S/he must also work very closely with the VP Business Development and VP Projects Development teams and will liaise with Centerra Corporate departments including Legal, Finance, HR and Risk Management.
Directly reporting to this position are:
EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS
The position requires a University degree in Geology, preferably post graduate, and strong business skills.
At least twenty-five (25) years’ experience in an exploration/mining environment, and experience at the executive management level is required. The incumbent requires experience/expertise in gold deposits and exploration, in negotiating, in deal making and agreement structures. S/he must be familiar with gold deposits and operations elsewhere in the globe preferably with strong familiarity in Western Asia, North America and Turkey.
To fit into the Centerra management culture, the successful candidate must also have a well- established reputation of being a team player with an informal style that relies on relationship building. The incumbent must have strong leadership, team-building, and decision-making skills; creative and innovative financial acumen; excellent oral and written communication skills for effective communication of technical information; highly developed interpersonal and negotiation/influence skills; and a sense of urgency. S/he must be able to deal effectively with the stress of multiple demands and time pressures required to meet deadlines. Considerable international and remote travel, sometimes on short notice, is required and will include visits to offices of Junior/Major Companies, visits to projects of interest, and operating mines.
The position requires that the incumbent have strong abilities to direct and develop different projects and especially needs to show high performance in the following competencies: