• Be part of the world's first automated heavy- haul rail network
  • Residential role with an attractive roster of 8 days on and 6 days off
  • Shape the future of Rio Tintos Railways division
Our privately owned and operated rail network is an essential part of our integrated production process and services our 14 mines across the Pilbara via 1,500 kilometres of track. With depots located at Tom Price, Cape Lambert and Dampier (7 Mile), each train is operated by a single driver and comprises up to three locomotives and 234 ore cars stretching to approximately 2.4 kilometres in length with 40 trains operating per day. As part of our Mine of the Future programme, we will implement AutoHaul technology - the first long distance heavy haulage deployment of automated trains - enhancing both productivity and safety.

Reporting to the Superintendent Railway Operations Mainline, your primary duties will include researching and advising on technological and operational improvements with the goal of increasing production capacity and maintaining industry leadership in safety, efficiency and application of innovative technology.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinating and prioritising work to meet project development, implementation and reporting schedules
  • Investigating rail performance issues to determine appropriate remedial actions
  • Reviewing project proposals, designs, models and operating concepts to ensure that the intended project scope and design are fit for purpose
  • Proposing and assisting in the evaluation of novel and innovative processes to improve the overall operational efficiency and safety of the rail network
  • Ensuring all expansion and technology projects are designed, planned and carried out in accordance with Rio Tinto Safety Systems and state and federal regulations
  • Developing effective relationships with key project stakeholders such as Operations, Maintenance, and Project Engineering teams, as well as our consulting and contracting partners.

To be successful in this position, you will have proven experience in a similar front line operational role within railways. Your experience in project development or implementation preferably within a rail environment coupled with leadership skills will be essential. Additionally, your business, leadership or project management qualifications will be advantageous. A Railways Certificate of Competency coupled with training in LEAN principles and processes will ensure your success in this role.

Candidates internal to the Rio Tinto Group must advise their managers of their application prior to progressing to the interview stage.

Applications close on Tuesday 19 March, 2013.

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