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Group Manager - Exploration

Vancouver, BC

OceanaGold is a multinational gold producer committed to the highest standards of technical, environmental and social performance. For more than 31 years, we have been contributing to excellence in our industry by delivering sustainable environmental and social outcomes for our communities, and strong returns for our shareholders.

Our global exploration, development, and operating experience has created a significant pipeline of organic growth opportunities and a portfolio of established operating assets including the Didipio Mine in the Philippines; Macraes and Waihi operations in New Zealand; and the Haile Gold Mine in the United States of America. The gold, copper, and silver we produce are essential to the renewable energy and transport sectors, life-saving medical devices and technology that connects communities around the world. They also contribute to sustainable economic growth in the regions where we operate and direct employment for more than 2,500 people.

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Job Description

OceanaGold are seeking a suitably qualified and highly motivated Group Manager - Exploration, to support the delivery of OceanaGold’s corporate exploration and geology strategy and who is driven by making discoveries and adding value to the business. The position based at our Vancouver Head Office and reporting to the Executive Vice President - Exploration and Geology, will be responsible for shaping the company’s Greenfields exploration direction and establishing and managing a portfolio of projects capable of hosting OceanaGold’s future discoveries. You will work closely with the Exploration and Geology, Business Development, and Projects and Technical Studies teams. Your drive and strong foundation in all aspects of gold/gold-copper exploration and discovery will ensure your success in this this challenging and highly rewarding strategic appointment.

Key tasks and responsibilities:

  • Responsible for shaping the Greenfields exploration direction, aligning with the OGC’s wider vision and strategy for Exploration across the Group
  • Accountable for the development of a sustainable Greenfields exploration portfolio by identifying, pursuing, and securing gold opportunities through 3rd party agreements aligned with OceanaGold’s growth strategy
  • Responsible for conducting due diligence on projects of interest
  • Maintain a strong sector network that facilitates the identification of gold/gold-copper opportunities
  • Represent OGC’s interests in Joint Ventures as a key member of JV Technical Committees, ensuring the exploration team conducts geological, geophysical and engineering tasks of the highest standards, drive Joint Venture program direction, keeping abreast of project activity and progress, and reporting activities
  • Accountable for keeping abreast of and disseminating relevant geoscience and technologic advances to maintain competitor advantage and technical excellence across the Group
  • Provide strategic and technical expertise and advice as required on matters relevant to the management of OGC’s global exploration program
  • Provide leadership to site exploration and geology professionals
  • Collaborate with all groups including Exploration and Geology, Business Development, and Technical and Projects, sharing the same mission
  • Lead the development of the annual Greenfields planning and budget and ensure all Greenfields Projects operate according to approved budgets and deadlines
  • Apply, and be an advocate for, the Company's values and environmental, health and safety vision and policies


  • Tertiary qualifications in Geoscience with a minimum of 20 years of progressive mining experience with a strong emphasis in exploration, discovery, joint ventures, strategy and leadership
  • Demonstrated experience establishing and managing joint ventures in multiple jurisdictions
  • Effectively managed through the entire lifecycle of exploration projects, demonstrating sound exploration judgement, balancing technical, commercial, operational and risk elements
  • Extensive experience spanning both Brownfields and Greenfields exploration with a track record of success as a highly respected leader in a mining company working across multiple sites/projects
  • In-depth technical experience in exploration for gold / copper-gold deposits and exploration methodologies
  • Strong passion for exploration, strategy, mineral deposit geology and discovery
  • Commercially astute with excellent data and business analysis skills
  • Proven ability to build strategic plans, execute those plans, and deliver significant results
  • Global mindset and international experience in multiple countries with sound understanding of country risks
  • Energetic and field-oriented with a clear and personable communication style
  • Collaborative, people-focussed leader with an innovative, problem-solving, outcome driven focus
  • Develops and fosters relationships across cultures and with key internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to deliver concise presentations and reports

Additional Information

  • Strong and proactive senior professional technical teams
  • Outstanding gold industry mid-cap organic growth pipeline
  • Exemplary commitment to governance standards
  • Exceptional working environment where people are valued and respected
  • Global corporate head office appointment - Vancouver

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