Expat Senior/Principal Geotechnical Engineers – Mining- South East Asia

December 21, 2021, Author: Ankush
Ascension Global Pty Ltd Perth, Western Australia, Australia (On-site)

Seeking applications from 2 x Senior Geotechnical Engineer for an expatriate position in South East Asia.

  • Join a high performing mining company with a portfolio of international operations and projects
  • Support established mining operations while exploring all South East Asia has to offer
  • 28:14 – Residential.

This is an exciting time to join this well known mining company, delivering strong production and cost performance.

This is a safe, developing country, located in the heart of South East Asia. This is the ideal base to explore the South East Asian region. It offers an attractive lifestyle for families with modern housing options and facilities including international schools, an impressive range of restaurants, gyms, day spas, sports clubs and weekend getaways.

This is an opportunity to fast track you mining career while exploring the region and by knowing you are contributing to the development and continuous improvement of the operations, standards, systems and processes that will underpin the future growth of the company and community. By joining the team, you will play an important role in developing the highly motivated national workforce in line with our commitment to localisation.

Reporting to the Geotechnical & Hydrogeological Design Superintendent, the Senior Geotechnical Design Engineers will be responsible for managing and overseeing geotechnical design projects, performing detailed slope stability analysis and reporting, providing design solutions, identifying critical data gaps, planning drilling and mapping programs to de-risk mine plans, provide updates to the structural model from field mapping and core logging data and also coaching and mentoring for local employees.

The role will work within the Geotechnical projects team, alongside another senior engineers. You will ensure all short to Life of Mine Geotechnical designs are assessed. You will also be responsible for the development of Geotechnical design parameters for current and future projects. The job will be demanding as this is in a large and complex open pit. This job will be suitable for a driven and experienced open pit geotechnical design engineer looking for a challenge.

Your outstanding leadership and coaching skills will be critical to the ongoing development and performance of the local workforce and expatriate geotechnical engineers/hydrogeologist in your team. This is an excellent opportunity to really make a difference and see your team grow and develop as a direct result of your efforts.

Your key responsibilities will include:


  • Geotechnical slope stability analyses and technical reporting
  • Identification of areas of geotechnical risk and development of remedial plans
  • Radar data interpretation and trigger threshold alarm settings
  • Coordinating and scoping of Geotechnical Investigation programmes
  • Oversee data collection for the purpose of updating structural models
  • Ensure geotechnical databases are updated and secure
  • Review and interpretation of Rock/Soil mechanical laboratory data
  • Proactive identification of geotechnical risk by review of the quarterly and annual mining forecast
  • Assist in the management of the Geotechnical monthly costs to keep within budget
  • Provide on the job training for the staff for skills development

To be successful in this role, you will require:


  • Bachelor Degree qualifications in Geotechnical Engineering and or Engineering Geology
  • Proven at least 7-10 years Geotechnical design engineering experience in an open cut mining environment
  • Advanced skills in RocScience Suite(Slide3, Slide2, RS2, RS3, Dips), Surpac and Leapfrog softwares.
  • Exposure to expatriate requirements in a developing country is desirable
  • Outstanding leadership and strong communication skills
  • Strong commitment to training and supporting the growth of National employees
  • Unwavering commitment to safety
  • Understand Geotechnical slope stability analysis open pit operation of hard rock mine
  • Limit equilibrium analysis
  • Finite element analysis
  • Kinematic analysis
  • Probability of Undercutting analysis
  • Provide and review slope design parameter in open pit
  • Understand Groundwater model and Groundwater management to improve slope stability.
  • Understand rock mass classification and rock mechanical testing such as Uniaxial Compressive strength 9USC) , Triaxial, and Direct shear testing
  • Geotechnical rock strength mapping, Logging

A generous salary is on offer, complete with a healthy performance bonus,

Roster options include:

  • Residential 28d/14d

This is an exciting career making role where you will be forever changed.

Generous compensation and benefits as an expatriate, for you and your family or you can opt to work in a FIFO capacity.

If you would like to be considered, please provide an updated cv and contact details to, shortlisting to be conducted promptly.

To your success!

Emma Clark