Senior Lead - Research and Development

Job title: Senior Lead - Research and Development
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Salary: CAD123300 per annum
Reference: BH-125745
Contact Name: Krista Pratt
Phone Number: +1 403 984 0912
Job Published: 25 days ago

Job Description

Reporting to the Manager, Applied Research and Development, the Senior Lead, Research and Development is responsible for leading the delivery of large water quality research and development (R&D) projects. The successful candidate will be responsible for collaborating with the external R&D partners to develop research programs, then safely executing those programs on active mine sites. Looking for someone with PHD, or applicable experience in Water Quality/ treatment (mining), managing groups of academics (but no direct reports) and executing research projects in the field.



  • Be a courageous safety leader, adhere to and sponsor safety and environmental rules and procedures
  • Lead significant projects through their entire life cycle from idea, lab and pilot testing, to transfer to operations
  • Collaborate with the organizations Environment and Social Responsibility function to acquire necessary permits and work with regulators to transition R&D projects to technologies that can be relied on as primary mitigation
  • Balance the technical needs of research programs with the practical requirements of active mining or industrial environments
  • Act as project manager to set engineering scope, develop engineering RFPs, and evaluate proposals
  • Become an internal expert in relevant R&D disciplines including geochemistry, hydrogeology, hydrology, and microbiology
  • Understand fundamental geochemical release and attenuation mechanisms for selenium, nitrate, and other constituents of interest
  • Deliver R&D updates to both internal and external stakeholders


  • Engineering or Science degree in a civil, chemical, geological, mining, environmental, or other related field
  • Ten or more years of experience in deploying projects in an industrial setting; ideally mining
  • Ability to collaborate technically with research partners in terms of experimental plan development and data analysis, providing direction to ensure research programs are fit for purpose
  • Experience working on significant projects, overseeing, coordinating, and communicating with multiple internal resources, external contractors, and regulators
  • Experience building collaborative relationships with operations to execute projects on sites
  • Ability to communicate at an appropriate level to a wide variety of stakeholder groups
  • Formal or informal supervisory experience
  • Experience planning on a three to five year time horizon
  • Experience in organizing and facilitating multi-stakeholder workshops
  • Experience working in alternative mine design or water treatment is an asset

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