Full Time

Regional Director- Environmental Affairs

Posted 12 months ago
Application ends: November 1, 2022
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Job Description

Newmont Mining Corporation is a leading global gold producer with key assets in Nevada, Peru, Australia, Ghana and Suriname.

Newmont’s Africa Operations holds two gold mining operations in Ghana: the Ahafo Mine located in the Brong-Ahafo region and the Akyem Mine located in the Eastern region. There is also near mine exploration and development focus in Ghana to annually replace gold reserves. Newmont Africa also has early-stage exploration programs in the African countries of Ethiopia and Morocco.

Our Africa operations employ approximately 5,900 employees and contractors, with the majority working at the Ahafo Mine. We offer an unparalleled blend of opportunity and career satisfaction with all the benefits you would expect from a global company. This, combined with our growth opportunities, makes Newmont a great company to work.

Our Akyem and Ahafo mines have made significant sustainable community development investments in our host communities. These include establishing Development Funds at our Akyem and Ahafo operational areas with each mine contributing US$1 per ounce of gold sold and 1% of net pre-tax annual profit into its community development fund.

The only gold company listed in the S&P 500 index, Newmont 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 our Africa operations’ high standards in environmental management, health and safety for our workforce and creating value and opportunity for our employees, host communities and Newmont’s shareholders.

About This Role:
  • To develop, manage and enhance environmental regulatory relations with key stakeholders and in support of regional development activities within the Africa region.
  • To ensure that legal and other obligations are adhered to through establishment of environmental processes and standard practices; and guides the sites and project teams to implement a long-term strategy to acquire the necessary permits to support the business plan.
In This Role You Will:
Environmental Compliance
  • Oversee the implementation of the regional permitting strategy for the acquisition and maintenance of environmental related permits for new and existing operations.
  • Provide high- level assistance, guidance and support to operating areas to ensure standards and policies (reclamation, water, biodiversity, etc.) are being implemented and consistent with company practices.
  • Act as the primary regulatory liaison person on permitting and environmental related matters.
  • Manage the Reclamation and closure, water and biodiversity standard implementation.
  • Contribute towards Newmont’s environmental policies and procedures and drive implementation in line with local environmental laws and best practice.
  • Assess, analyse and collate environmental performance data and reporting information to internal staff, clients and regulatory bodies.
Budgeting and Reporting
  • Contribute towards the S&ER budgeting, perform auditing risks review and reporting.
  • Assist with the compilation of monthly and quarterly environmental performance and issue reports for management.
  • Monitor the financial performance of the Environmental Affairs department versus budgets and ensure all activities are carried out in line with the approved guidelines while promptly reporting on any variances to management.
Internal Collaboration
  • Liaise regularly with the Senior Director, S&ER and other relevant stakeholders on environmental performance
  • Collaborate with senior management to identify and analyze environmental requirements, risks, and solution options and implement agreed upon strategies.
  • Collaborate with management to develop the capabilities of Newmont’s environmental and permitting professionals through strategic training and development opportunities.
Continuous Improvement
  • Plan and implement actions for continuous improvement and site and project support.
  • Participate in the identification of opportunities for continuous improvement and sustainability of systems, processes and practices considering global standards, productivity improvement and cost reduction.
Staff Supervision
  • Provide guidance and on the job training for junior colleagues and conduct knowledge sharing to facilitate achievement of team objectives and completion of tasks in an efficient manner which is consistent with operating procedures and policy.
Health and Safety
  • Deliver own prescribed outcomes and/or provide services by following Newmont’s Health and Safety systems and protocols.
  • Oversee that all work carried out adheres to Health and Safety standard operating procedures.


The above duties and responsibilities are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.


Your Training, Skills & Experience Checklist:
Formal Qualification (including Professional Registrations):
  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science or related field.
  • 10 – 12 years’ experience in the mining sector.
  • Extensive direct experience and knowledge of environmental impact assessment and permitting, reclamation, water and biodiversity management.
  • Experience in environmental assessment and permitting of large scale developments.
  • Previous mining experience and demonstrated ability to achieve deadlines and manage priorities.
  • Leadership experience.
  • Demonstrated people management experience and the ability to work with internal and external partners.
Technical Skills:
  • Strong presentation, facilitation, and consultation skills.
  • Expertise in developing strategic relationships which support current and future company activities and needs.
  • Demonstrated experience with continuous improvement programs and integrated management systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve deadlines and manage priorities.
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills.
Behavioral Attributes:
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Negotiation.
  • Conflict resolution.
  • Initiative.
  • Results driven.
  • Pro-active.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Accuracy.
Working Conditions

• The position is based in the Regional office in Accra but required to travel to the mining sites.