Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. Major products are aluminum, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa. For more information, please visit
Diavik Diamond Mines (DDMI) owns Rio Tinto's interest in and manages the unincorporated Diavik diamonds joint venture in the Northwest Territories of Canada. Mining takes place in the lake bed at Lac de Gras with water held back by a dike made of rock fill. With approximately 800 employees, Diavik is instrumental in making Canada the world's third largest diamond producer by value. Diavik has won awards for its sensitive management of environmental and community issues.
Reporting to the President and Chief Operating Officer, the Director, Human Resources, will work at the Yellowknife Corporate Office on a five (5) days on / two (2) days off rotational basis. As the most human resources senior leader of the organization, the Director, Human Resources is accountable for leading, managing and providing strategic direction for all aspects of Diavik's human resources functions that will provide an employee-oriented, high performance, empowerment, quality, productivity and results-driven organizational culture.
The Director, Human Resources will be responsible for, but not limited to the following:
Provide management strategies for the company for employee development, career and succession planning, performance development, performance management.
Manage the collaboration of strategies in consultation with other Diamond's business units.
Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of Human Resources to ensure optimum service delivery.
Ensure the use of best practices in human resource functions (employee relations, recruiting, organizational development, compensation and benefits, technical training, etc.) that include components to enhance opportunities for Aboriginal and Northern employees.
Provide effective systems and support mechanisms to manage employee development, language development, leadership development etc.
Advise and assist department managers on the interpretation and administration of human resource policies and procedures.
Maintain an effective human resources and people strategy that will support the interests and direction of the company.
Ensure that all work undertaken by Human Resources personnel is performed with safety being valued above all else.
Effectively lead the development of the Human Resources budget. Achieve cost reductions through well developed and aligned strategies.
Provide accurate and timely monthly reports.
Establish a culture of continuous improvement (using the six sigma approach and tools) on new and established processes.
Accountable for managing the distribution of a payroll of over $60 million per year to approximately 750 employees and to approximately 400 contractors.
The successful candidate will be one whose #1 priority is safety in the work place.
The incumbent will have:
Postgraduate degree in Human Resource Management, Organizational Development and/or Industrial Relations.
A minimum of fifteen (15) years of experience in human resources with at least five (5) in a senior management position.
At least five years of experience overseeing communications programs, supervising staff, preparing audio-visual materials and developing communications strategies.
Experience working in both a union and non-union environment as well as three to five years of experience in the mining industry would be considered assets.
Proficiency in strategic planning, organizational development, change management and leadership.
We offer an attractive remuneration package including a range of Rio Tinto benefits, as well as the sought after opportunity to develop and expand upon your knowledge and experience with a world leader in the industry.
Northern residency and experience working in a cross-cultural environment, coupled with knowledge of the unique challenges and opportunities presented to those living in the North, are assets.