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SENIOR MINING ENGINEER, Shotton Surface Mine, Cramlington
£ Competitive


• Continuing professional development, including training opportunities
• Generous annual leave increasing with length of service, plus public holidays
• Company pension scheme
• Health and wellbeing discounts
• New car discounts with certain dealerships


You will provide support to the Principal Mining Engineer, Production Manager and Site Managers by providing a high level of engineering service to ensure that mining objectives and production targets are achieved safely, responsibly and efficiently.


Surveying and setting out

1 Providing surveys and measurements relating to site works using modern up to date survey equipment and electronic modelling systems. This includes:

a) Surveys of all soils stripped and associated storage mounds
b) Surveys of all overburden mounds.
c) Weekly overburden production surveys.
d) Surveys of coal seams worked.
e) Survey of all blast panels
f) Monthly survey of all coal stocks.
g) Biannual survey of all tips and excavations to determine and monitor trends in bulkage factor.
h) Setting out of dig profiles and safety benches in well in advance of mining operations.
i) Setting out profiles and batter rails for mound construction and drainage works.

Reporting on production data

2 Producing and maintaining detailed records, plans and production reports to encompass the following:

a) Weekly production measure and dig plan.
b) Detailed plans for all coal seams to include areas worked, seam thickness, levels and all geological features.
c) Monthly coal production and recoveries report.
d) Monthly Coal Production schedule and coal availability forecast.
e) Production costs.
f) Mining programme update and quarterly review.
g) Records of all blasting and associated vibration monitoring.
h) Biannual report to include volumes of all overburden excavation and, tips, soils stripped, soils in dump, areas and volumes of soils
remaining to be stripped, areas and volumes of soils restored and remaining to be restored, plus bulkage factor.
i) Production of completion plans for submission to the Coal Authority.

Programming, forecasting and planning

3 Working with the Site Management team and Project Managers to produce long, medium and short term mine plans including:

a) Quarterly update of long term mining plan and production forecast
b) Monthly Production schedule and coal availability forecast
c) Monthly plant requirement and production cost forecast.
d) Provide engineering advice and mine designs for new surface mines.
e) Provide details of plant requirements and costings for new surface mines.
f) Assist Project Managers with the selection and management of engineering consultants within defined quality protocol, budgets and

4 Ensuring compliance with statutory obligations under planning and other licencing consents.
5 Assist Project Managers with the preparation of all necessary licence and permit applications, including Coal Authority Licence. Consent to Discharge etc.
6 Carrying out environmental monitoring tasks and production of associated reports as required.

Provide a safe working environment

7 You will follow all safety instructions and site safety protocol at all times.
8 You will be responsible for proper use of the communication devices supplied.
9 You will operate site vehicles in accordance with the site vehicle rules and work in accordance with the standards set out in the company’s Environmental and Development with Care Policies.
10 You will bring to the attention of the site management team any safety defects or concerns noted during their working day.

Deliver a high standard of engineering performance

11 You will work closely with the site management team to ensure all that mine plans and setting out has been communicated and understood.
12 You must report any deviation from the approved mining plan or site design to the Principal Mining Engineer, Site Management and Production Manager.
13 You will work with the Site Management team to identify improvements and efficiencies.
14 You will provide a financial appraisal for sites from key review A through to key review I.
15 You will provide accurate engineering advice to the Principal Mining Engineer, Production Manager, Mining Projects Manager and Site Manager.
16 You will mentor the engineering team.


You will find your time predominately in the key areas of the surface mine and any other associated work area. This will involve a direct contact with the workforce to include plant operators, support staff and trade union and safety representatives. There may also be a requirement to engage with the public and local communities. Work cycle periods will be driven by planned Key Performance Indicator delivery timetables and mining review meetings. The Senior Mining Engineer will provide mentoring to the Mining Engineers.


Fundamentally contact will be with the site management team, representative groups and external parties listed above.



• The Senior Mining Engineer will ideally hold an HNC/HND/degree in surveying, mining engineering or civil engineering and will continuously
develop the required skills and competencies identified on the mining management matrix at the appropriate level.

• Experience in survey, open pit mine operations and supervision, drill and blast design, short term/long term planning and project
management is required.

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office and LSS modelling software is required.

• Experience in overburden removal and coal recovery applications.


• Ability to train, mentor and develop junior members of the engineering team.

• Strong interpersonal and organisational skills are also required.

• Able to work well in a team environment and also ability to work with minimum or no supervision.

• Ability to develop and implement new methods and techniques for operational improvement.

• Ability to develop and maintain occupational hazards and approach safety proactively, promoting safe work practices in the field.

• A full driving licence.

• Ability to demonstrate strong attention to detail.

• Diligent; good attention to detail; thorough in approach.

• Excellent interpersonal, and communication skills.

• A good team player capable of delivering excellent results under pressure and to strict deadlines.

• Ability to concentrate on different tasks at the same time.


The deadline for applications is 21 May 2019. Interview process comprises of first stage face to face interview. Successful candidates will be invited for second stage face to face interview with Personal Profile Analysis.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter detailing your relevant experience to: Human Resources, The Banks Group, Inkerman House, St John’s Road, Meadowfield, Durham, DH7 8XL, or by email to: For further information contact The Banks Group Human Resources Department on 0191 378 6100.

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