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Senior Specialist, Continuous Improvement


Sparwood, BC, CA

Closing Date: February 29, 2020


Reporting to the Lead Operating Excellence, the Senior Specialist, Continuous Improvement is responsible for developing and supporting key improvement initiatives. As a subject matter expert and practitioner in the area of Continuous Improvement (CI), the individual will evaluate site opportunities, benchmark site performance, and promote initiatives. The successful candidate will work with the operating departments in the evaluation of ideas, implementation with end users and digital teams, and in sustaining the initiatives.


This position offers a compressed work week with alternating Friday’s off, and comes with a competitive pay and benefits package. It is based in the beautiful Elk Valley region of British Columbia. This location is known for its vibrant local art and culture scene, as well as a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities including world class skiing, mountain biking, fly fishing and year-round backcountry activities. 



  • Be a courageous safety leader, adhere to and sponsor safety and environmental rules and procedures
  • Support improving site performance through site benchmarking to identify potential opportunities and initiatives to address specified business objectives
  • Analyze site performance with the goal of identifying opportunities to improve productivity and  reduce cost  that will impact site metrics in subsequent budgets and forecasts, such as BCM/oh, $/meter drilled, operating efficiency, or $/bcm blasted
  • Promote the sharing of site successes that can be actioned across the Business Unit to expedite value creation
  • Support site Operating Excellence teams in problem solving and implementation planning through the application of an in depth understanding of the mining business, and key cost and business drivers
  • Apply change management strategies to initiative planning
  • Engage and advance the culture of continual improvement through all layers of the organization
  • Report on realized benefits, business objectives, and validate that recognized gains are calculated on a standardized basis 
  • Validate reported savings against a common framework and methodology, quarterly margin improvement reporting, analysis, and administrative coordination



  • Undergraduate degree in Finance, Mining, Engineering, Processing, or qualification in related discipline
  • Minimum five years of senior level experience in CI or operating excellence environment using Lean, Six Sigma, or other CI processes
  • Professional designation in discipline preferred (P.Eng, MBA, CFA, CPA)
  • Strong analytical and data management and modelling skills, experience developing business cases, and an ability to communicate through multiple mediums
  • Advanced user of the Microsoft Suite®, in particular Excel and PowerPoint
  • Mining experience with a well-developed understanding of the business, and cost drivers and levers for improvement
  • A critical thinker with the ability to make judgements through analysis of quantitative facts, interpretation, evaluation, problem solving, and explanation
  • Progressive experience in leading initiatives, teams, and/or initiatives in a technically and operationally complex business
  • Proven success implementing change through end user and stakeholder engagement, and sustaining results
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently under pressure with minimal guidance to meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with team members and stakeholders


At Teck, we value diversity. Our teams work collaboratively and respect each person’s unique perspective and contribution.


Qualified applicants interested in joining a dynamic team are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter electronically.


We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for the position; however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


Your application to this posting is deemed to be your consent to the collection, use and necessary disclosure of personal information for the purposes of recruitment. Teck respects the privacy of all applicants and the confidentiality of personal information.


Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TECK.A and TECK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TECK.


The pursuit of sustainability guides Teck’s approach to business. Teck is building partnerships and capacity to confront sustainability challenges within the regions in which it operates and at the global level. In 2018, Teck was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) for the ninth straight year, indicating that Teck’s sustainability practices rank in the top 10 per cent of the world’s 2,500 largest public companies in the S&P Global Broad Market Index.


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