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Project Controls Manager - Tasiast, Kinross Gold Corporation
2016-04-02 13:07:55
Unimaple Technology Ltd.
The Kinross Corporate Head Office is located in downtown Toronto and supports Kinross operations and projects worldwide. Corporate functions include Finance, Procurement, Health & Safety, Human Resources, IT and Investor Relations.

Job Description

Reporting to the VP Finance, Project Controls the role is responsible for development and implementation of a detailed Project Controls Plan, support systems and procedures to ensure the project is controlled with a high degree of confidence and transparency.

The project is a mill optimization at the Tasiast site in Mauritania . The work will include: replacement with upgrades to process equipment, modification or refurbishment to resolve operational concerns, expansion and upgrading of the site power generation and distribution system and construction of a new tailings storage facility. The preliminary execution strategy is based on EPCM execution model with possibly some work related to the new tailings dam construction being performed directly by Kinross personnel using Kinross owned large capacity truck fleet. To advance the project quickly Kinross has decided to complete the Feasibility Study (“FS”) level project definition in parallel with starting detail engineering work. The Manager, Project Controls will provide project controls (cost estimating, cost control, scheduling, progress control and change management) and administration support for Tasiast Upgrade Project consistent with Company standards for project control. The project controls plan will, as a minimum guide and manage: reporting, the work breakdown structure, estimating, budgets, cost control, progress measurement, scheduling, forecasting, change management, contract management, risk & contingency management and approvals for expenditure.

Strategically, the role requires the Manager, Project Controls to establish the required relationships within Kinross Project Team, Kinross Operations, Kinross Regional Management, EPCM team, Site Contractors and third parties to ensure successful project execution on site. Of specific note the candidate will need to work closely with the mine finance, regional finance and services groups to co-ordinate and control cross charges for site supplied services and goods and classification of charges between the project and sustaining capital expenditures in the process plant

Job Responsibilities

•Assure all project control procedures are in place and are in compliance with corporate policy and standards

•Define and support work plans to enhance the project controls system and obtain internal and external support and resources to develop and implement required systems and procedures.

•Ensure a proper development and realistic assessment is done to project baselines which will be used to control the project (scope, capital costs, schedule)

•Ensure that the Master Project Schedule maintained by the EPCM accurately reflects the full scope of work for the project, and the project team is updated regularly. Establish and maintain schedule of Owner’s scope, for incorporation into EPCM contractor’s integrated project schedule.

•Responsible for overseeing project controls systems (cost, schedule, progress, change management, etc.) for both the EPCM and Owner’s scope.

•Carryout reviews of ongoing project controls to ensure procedures are being followed, and identify areas for systems & process improvement

•Act as primary Owner’s liaison with the EPCM Contractor’s project controls team and manage controls activities per requirements in the prime EPCM Agreement.

•Prepare capital cost estimates, control budgets and forecasts for Owner’s scope, for combination with EPCM contractors’ input into an overall project budget and forecast. Assist in preparation of Approval for Expenditure (AFE) documentation and support the development of project annual expenditure budgets.

•Maintain accurate records of committed, expended and forecast owner’s costs associated with the project against the approved owner’s budget.

•Review and audit the EPCM Contractor’s reports in detail validate the data presented and to ensure they are accurate, concise and informative on progress / costs to date and forecasts through to completion.

•Implement trending and change management process for Owner’s scope. Also review and approve contractors’ trending and change management programs. Review scope changes, trends and change notices initiated from the project management systems and review their time and cost implications, including those initiated by the EPCM Contractor

•Closely monitor the progress of engineering to ensure deliverables, productivity, expended hours, forecasts to go and resources employed, are accurately and realistically stated, including those presented by the EPCM Contractor.

•Prepare cost data cost reports, change alert and variation registers, variance reports etc. ensure cost change variations are recorded and processed for work not covered under EPCM scope.

•In conjunction with the Contract Administrator, review and amend if necessary, all invoices, progress claims and variations from the Implementation Contractor and Construction Contractors submittals for payment.

•Establish communications systems and procedures between project implementation personnel, site operations, senior management, Kinross Operations and Kinross Regional Management and problem areas are identified pro-actively to allow their timely resolution.

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

Work Location

•During the engineering and procurement project stage frequent visits to the EPCM office in Montreal and to site for the general coordination work will be required.

•During the project construction phase of the project – on site in Tasiast, Mauritania

•During the project close out phase of the project – EPCM Office and/or Regional office in Las Palmas, Canary Island, Spain

Education and Experience
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience with at least 5 years field construction experience and at least 5 years in an engineering /construction consulting environment.
  • Must have project controls experience associated with major EPCM/EPC projects (TIC value greater than $100 million). Experience should be associated with both Home office and Field Site cost control, scheduling and cost estimating required to support an Owner’s team and to validate/control an EPC/M contractors Project Controls program.
  • Brown field project experience is a plus
  • Prefer experience associated with power, mining or heavy infrastructure work.
  • Prior Construction and Site management experience with the third world country labour forces preferably in Islamic cultural environment.
Skills and Technical Knowledge
  • Strong understanding of Project Development and Project Construction process flows, budgeting and cost management within the construction or mineral industry
  • Experience with project controls software – e.g. planning/scheduling as well as cost/earned-value progressing/change control and database applications is also desirable.
  • JD Edwards financial systems or similar enterprise financial software
  • Strong knowledge of standard industry approaches with respect to project control systems and procedures
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate both verbally and written with project management teams and senior management
  • A track record demonstrating strong interpersonal and team work skills
  • University degree in Engineering or Financial discipline or equivalent experience
  • Project Management Institute (PMP) certification is desirable
  • Language skills in English, French and/or Arabic a plus

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

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