Senior Backfill Engineer at AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana) Limited


AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana) Limited, Obuasi Gold Mine is currently near completion of the redevelopment phase to become a modern, efficient and long-term profitable operation. The underground mining operation has been fully mechanized and designed to produce up to an average maximum of 5,000 t/day of ore mined.


We are seeking an experienced and self-motivated person to join our dedicated team as Senior Backfill Engineer.


To manage and co-ordinate the backfill requirements for the mine in line with the established mine plan.




  • Assess risks for all tasks and ensure they are controlled before and during task execution.
  • Report all incidents and ensure they have been investigated and corrective actions completed on time.
  • Prepare sectional annual cost centre budget
  • Act on all corrective actions assigned to him/her or under his/her jurisdiction and ensure timely completion
  • Investigate all environmental incidents in assigned work areas and prepare reports with recommendations for the Departmental Manager for onward submission to the Environmental Manager or his/her representative
  • Develop the Backfill Engineering team recruitment specifically driving the localisation aims of the mine.
  • Map key internal stakeholder relationships and value with relevant management routines (communication, touchpoints, key meetings)
  • Prepare Backfill Engineering data aligned to defined quality assurance expectations
  • Ensure timely assessments of Backfill Engineering processes data
  • Report on costs controls and any deviations or constraints which may impact on planned outcomes
  • Implement approved work programmes and report on the attainment of plan
  • Apply controls to manage identified risks.
  • Ensure workplace monitoring and compliance with work standards of field personnel and contractors
  • Recommend and optimise the approach for conducting specialist projects and research in the Backfill Engineering process and procedures
  • Establish a network of targeted stakeholder relationships to socialise initiatives and enhancements
  • Report on the development and progress of initiatives and enhancements of the Backfill Engineering function, to include outputs and benefits obtained.
  • Describe the specific problems and constraints to be managed within the Backfill Engineering function
  • Present solutions to specific problems with defined resolution methodologies and resources to deliver improved performance in processes and procedures





  • BSc. Mining / Civil Engineering Degree or equivalent


  • Five (5) to eight (8) years\’ operational experience within an underground mining environment of which at least three (3) years is backfill systems based;
  • Demonstrated experience with knowledge of fundamental underground backfill mechanics;
  • Proficient in the use of Mining Software;
  • Proficient in the management and control of underground backfill operations across a range of fill types;
  • Excellent Communication Skills.


Technical Competencies


  • Safety (Advanced Application)
    • Can identify and interpret safety risks and resolve emerging issues; and ensuring that appropriate focus and resources are available to achieve safety objectives.
    • Active participant in ensuring critical controls are in place and working.
  • Mining Production Processes & Practices (Basic Application)
    • Understands the mining processes and actively contributes in part to delivery of the expected outcome / service the mining processes deliver.
    • Has demonstrated the ability to apply technical skills and/or delivery of a service within one or more of the mining processes with minimal supervision.
    • Can identify potential problems and propose solutions for higher approval.
    • Directly responsible for delivering a production aspect of the plan.
    • Understands good underground production practices, management, support systems, and how each should interact to deliver targeted performance.
  • Operational Management (Basic Application)
    • Understands the AGA system of ‘how we work’ and applies the basic elements.
    • Capable of managing and supervising small teams.
    • Able to provide performance assessments on others to their direct manager.
    • Understands the adjacent technical disciplines (geology, processing, engineering etc.) and participates in discussions with colleagues in these disciplines on areas of overlap and opportunity.
    • Uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities and identify cost-effective approaches
    • Understands financial reports and comprehends the relevance/impact to the total operation
    • Actively looks for ways to manage costs without impacting on planned outcomes
  • Planning (Basic Application)
    • Competent in creating ventilation strategies to support a mining area or block.
    • Competent in developing an understanding of costs and revenue associated with a design to drive business outcomes.
    • Understanding of all ancillary detail of a plan.
  • Contract Management (Basic Understanding)
    • Understands the core elements of the contract and its intended outcomes.
    • Identifies and monitors elements of the contract performance.
    • Makes suggestions for improvements or variations via their manager
  • Project Management (Basic Application)
    • Understands AGA project management standards and has applied them in a minor project to conceptual level.
    • Ability to lead a minor project and interact with test work and engineering consultant service providers
  • Innovation (Basic Application)
    • Identifies and proposes modifications to existing processes to deliver better performance and service.


Other Competencies

  • Creating a disciplined team to deliver the planned work to the defined standards.
  • Managing oneself – taking ownership of one’s personal development.
  • Building effective working relationships – the ability to build and maintain effective collateral and cross functional working relationship;
  • Building trust & accountability – displaying high levels of integrity and honesty;
  • Maximizing performance & achievement of results – solving problems and analyzing issues, driving for results


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