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Director of Studies


Vancouver, BC, CA

The Director, Studies is accountable for leading and directing Teck’s early stage studies through prefeasibility, working in collaboration with, and on behalf of, Teck’s business units to shape our large projects to inform sound commercial decisions within Teck.  Teck’s large project portfolio includes both Brownfield and Greenfield projects ranging in capital.  The Director, Studies provides leadership in shaping, optimizing and unlocking the value that Teck’s project portfolio offers.  Reporting to the Vice President of Project Development, the role includes significant interaction and collaboration with Teck’s executive leadership team.   Essential skills include strategic thinking, business acumen, complex decision making, innovation, and strong representation supporting the positioning of Teck as a partner of choice. 

The position will be based in Vancouver, British Columbia



Reports to

  • Vice President, Project Development


Other Key Relationships    

  • Senior Vice President, Exploration, Projects and Technical Services
  • Director, Projects
  • Director, Project Services
  • Director, Project Excellence
  • Director, Water Projects
  • Director, HSEC
  • Project Owners
  • Business Unit Leadership Groups


  • Responsible for the overall delivery of Teck's early stage studies through prefeasibility within scope, budget and schedule aligned to the business case and Teck’s values of safety and sustainability. 
  • Promote and embed the culture of Teck’s Courageous Safety Leadership program within all study activities.
  • Provide regular updates to the VP and Business Owners as well as regular reporting and strategic advice to Study Boards and Steering Committees, Teck senior management and occasionally to the Teck Board of Directors.
  • Lead the Study Managers and Social, Environmental, and Regulatory Approval (SERA) Managers, providing overall alignment, coordination and guidance.
  • Support and provide leadership with the Project Development Group's (PDGs) 5 Year Plan in alignment with the PDG's Guiding Principles
  • Develop and maintain open and effective communications within study team, with internal Teck departments and with external stakeholders.
  • Coordinate and manage the work effort of multiple study service providers.
  • Ensure that the social, environmental, regulatory processes are effectively managed. Ensure that all governmental and regulatory approvals required to be attained are identified, defined and adequately resourced in order to achieve timely completion of approval documentation and data collection.
  • Identify relevant communities of interest and ensure plans and strategies are developed and implemented to achieve community support, regulatory approvals and compliance.
  • Provide leadership and champion a culture of continuous improvement, innovation and value creation. Develop a "learning organization" ensuring "lessons learned" and "better ways" are captured and implemented on the Study as well as documenting them for other Teck Studies.
  • Provide direction to identify strengths, critical issues and areas of risks/exposure in the execution of Studies. Ensure that risks to Teck and the Project are identified and mitigated based on best practices in risk management.
  • Support the development of key project team members through mentoring and coaching.
  • Review Study and SERA manager performance across all Project Development Group projects and identify strengths, critical issues and areas of risks/exposure that require action.
  • Provide guidance, direction and training in the development of Study and SERA management principles; integration of the business objectives for studies; development of study and SERA management standards and procedures as well as such standards and procedures continue to reflect good and appropriate practices for effective project delivery. 
  • Work with the Teck Project Development Framework (TPDF) Champions to ensure that stage gating and independent peer review processes are fully integrated to deliver the most benefit to the Study Owners and Executive Management.



Industry Experience

  • Ideal candidate to have more than 20 years’ experience in the early study phases for mining specific projects.  Experience within the Copper and/or Coal industry is a strong preference but not absolutely required.
  • Experience in all phases of projects from concept through implementation is preferred.
  • Operating experience is a preference but not required.

Project Development Experience

  • The ideal candidate will have completed at least one project cycle from start to finish.
  • Demonstrated ability to partner with and bring together cross functional groups to successfully manage early study phase deliverables, and build long standing relationships. Proven experience in project and stakeholder management for projects of similar magnitude and complexity. 
  • Ability to act as a Qualified Person under Canadian regulations is desired

Stakeholder Management and License to Operate

  • Proven experience in project and stakeholder management for projects of similar magnitude and complexity.
  • Solid foundation and experience in permitting and contemporary community relations practices and standards.
  • Good working knowledge of relevant Canadian and Chilean legislation is a preference but not required.


Strategic Thinking and Business Mindset

  • Demonstrates an understanding of business priorities, visualizes future potential opportunities, anticipates risks and takes proactive approach to allocating resources to achieve these goals
  • Possesses sound commercial and business acumen and an ability to recognize good business opportunities and demonstrates business logic when making decisions

Driving Results

  • Results oriented with excellent organizational, planning and decision making skills.
  • Focus on priorities, sets objectives and goals, measures performance and evaluates results.
  • Understands the needs of the business, focuses on priorities, sets objectives and goals, measures performance and evaluates results.
  • Effectively manages multiple priorities and time lines and delegates appropriately to achieve desired results.
  • Understands how to set goals and prioritize tasks in order to achieve business results.
  • High degree of initiative, self-motivation, accountability and independent judgment.
  • Seeks ways to continuously improve our activities by encouraging entrepreneurship, refining practices, eliminating barriers, taking action to improve processes and mitigating problems that impact business performance.

People Leader 

  • Dynamic, committed, resilient leader with established proven ability to build, develop and motivate high performing project teams and to develop the right culture to achieve desired results. Collaborates and openly debates with the team to manage studies, solve problems, discuss challenging issues or learn more about critical issues as a group.
  • Acts with honesty and integrity and sets an example for others by demonstrating a common-sense approach, focuses on listening and learning in order to make the right decision.
  • Energetic, empowers and collaborates with others to develop new ideas and share ownership and accountability for project outcomes.
  • Good role model; can teach and lead others to achieve goals.
  • Can identify learning and performance gaps in others and is effective in coaching and developing others.
  • Is aware of other’s career goals and provides team members with opportunities to grow and learn, constructs development plans and assigns challenging work.

Collaborating & Influencing

  • Excellent communication, facilitation and interpersonal skills and experience working with a broad range of people.
  • Identifies necessary change and evaluates opportunities based on long term objectives and leads a collaborative process inspiring clear vision for the future.
  • Understands how to get things done through formal channels, utilizing key practices, policies and procedures to achieve objectives.
  • Works well with others, fosters open dialogue, creates strong morale, and celebrates successes with others.
  • Can establish positive rapport with others and is effective in managing relationships through openness, honesty and cooperation.


  • A hands-on, entrepreneurial individual who understands and has a “roll-up the sleeves” approach.
  • Self-motivated, resourceful and flexible.
  • The successful candidate will be someone with a low ego who can argue his/her position in a thoughtful and pragmatic way, as opposed to an oppressive leader.
  • Demonstrated team player with a collaborative working style which will assimilate easily into the Teck culture.
  • Strong experience managing key stakeholder relationships, both internal and external, including corporate and executive communication, site operations, large construction contractors and vendors, Government and regulatory agencies and local communities.


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 by September 30, 2021.


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.


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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 percent of the world’s 2,500 largest public companies in the S&P Global Broad Market Index.


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