Explosives/Drill and Blast Supervisor

Job Title: Explosives/Drill and Blast Supervisor
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Gunnedah
Salary: $140000 - $160000 per annum, Benefits: Full time, permanent leadership position at Maules Creek, NSW.
Start Date: 2019-08-13
Reference: JO-1908-97155
Contact Name: Katherine Fry
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 15, 2019 08:06

Job Description

About the Company

Whitehaven Coal is the leading Australian producer of high-efficiency, low emissions coal, and the dominant player in Australia’s only emerging high-quality coal basin. We operate six mines in the Gunnedah Basin in North West New South Wales and have developed a reputation for excellence in operations, project delivery and safe and efficient operations. We are proudly local and employ locally-based employees where possible.
Whitehaven is an ASX100 company committed to recruiting, retaining, and investing in a modern and diverse workforce, which values teamwork, respect and recognition. We are an equal opportunity employer and provide a healthy, smoke-free workplace.

About the Mine

Maules creek is Whitehaven’s newest and largest coalmine with a life-of-mine of 30 years. Located in the Gunnedah Basin, 45km southeast of Narrabri and 17km northeast of Boggabri.
Whitehaven Coal strives for operational excellence and in 2016 the Maules Creek mine was awarded the NSW Minerals Council Mining Operation of the Year.

About the Area

Gunnedah is the hub of one of Australia's richest agricultural regions - the Liverpool Plains in North West New South Wales - and is located on the Kamilaroi and Oxley Highways. Gunnedah has a great variety of shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Residents and visitors will appreciate the variety of great cuisine that the local restaurants, pubs, clubs and takeaway venues have to offer.
You will marvel at the beauty of the district and enjoy the hospitality and comfort that only the local people can offer. Genuine smiles and the natural beauty of the landscape paint a picture of real country Australia. 

The Role - Explosives Supervisor

An exciting opportunity exists for an experienced Explosives Supervisor to join our Drill and Blast Team based at the Maules Creek Mine.
Reporting to the Drill and Blast Superintendent, this role is responsible for the following:
  • Ensure drill patterns are on design
  • Statutory responsibilities of all explosives on site
  • Load of blast holes to design
  • Comply with all relevant regulations and Work Cover
  • Tie up plans and cost monitoring
  • Liaise with explosive suppliers
  • Supervision down the hole contract
  • Look for opportunities of continuous improvement

About you

The successful applicant will possess the following qualifications, experience and qualities:
  • Blasters Users Licence
  • 3-5 years in an Open Cut mining environment
  • Mine software capability  
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A strong commitment to safety

To apply, click the link and upload your current resume in Microsoft Word format only (.doc or .docx). If you would like to have a confidential discussion, please contact Kat Fry on 02 8093 0629, quoting ref no. JO-1908-97155. Want to know more about Davidson? Visit us at