Principal (Water Sustainability)

Anglo American

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Company Description:

Change is a fact of life for us. Can you help us manage the process?

The quality and long life of our mineral assets are the foundation of Anglo American’s global business, so we are driving towards a more sustainable approach to mining.

Guided by our purpose and our values, we enable both high performance and purposeful action as we aim to “re-imagine mining to improve people’s lives”, delivering the metals and minerals that make modern life possible – from mobile phones to medicines.

Our innovation-led approach to sustainable mining – FutureSmart Mining TM – applies novel thinking and technological advances to address mining’s major challenges. We are using the latest technology and cutting-edge mining software – from spatial data visualisation to artificial intelligence – to lessen environmental impact, while also enhancing safety.  Our high performing teams pursue and adopt ever safer and more responsible ways of working; constantly seeking new opportunities to mine and process our products using less water, less energy and more precise extraction technologies.

Here’s an exciting opportunity to join us.

Job Description:


To develop and drive a water management plan for Anglo American, and to develop, implement and deliver the Group-wide Water Efficiency Program to support the overall Sustainable Mining Plan objectives and associated water targets, setting of targets, reporting and external engagements.

*Please note: This opportunity can be based in Johannesburg or London. 

  • Develop a group-wide water management plan for Anglo American, based on global best practice. The plan should be developed through a multi-stakeholder approach such as Group Functions (e.g. processing, technology development etc.) and Business Units.
  • Develop a communications and change management plan for the water management plan implementation across the company.
  • Identify, scope and evaluate project opportunities to implement at Operations; support BU’s and Operations to implement such projects; monitor and report project advancement against established targets.
  • Responsible to track progress (monthly and quarterly) against 2030 water targets within the Sustainable Mining Plan, flag potential issues and provide analysis of trends, data verification, reporting as required.
  • Formulate technical responses to external queries water related questions by communications department, legal and other. 
  • Support development of water management tools, development of guideline documents, baselining of water reporting data to definitions, water accounting balances and data interpretation, for monthly, quarterly and annual SSD reporting for Water. 
  • Develop BU and site level targets, in collaboration with BU’s, and agree on implementation programs to achieve the Group target.  Support consultant coordination work to re-baseline of Water Reporting Data according to new definitions (ICMM, fresh water). Identify the most cost effective and efficient interventions to drive towards the Group water targets. Develop and coordinate Functional Lead input to develop the scope of work to improve water efficiency and implement technology to support Sustainable Mining Plan Water Targets.
  • Actively support the Lead Water Management specialists in projects and studies related to water security, water efficiency, water management and sustainable water reporting assignments. 
  • Responsible to track progress (monthly and quarterly) against 2030 water targets within the Sustainable Mining Plan, flag potential issues and provide analysis of trends, data verification, reporting as required.
  • In collaboration with senior peers, participate in the comprehensive analysis of internal Anglo American technology and innovation efforts towards reducing of freshwater withdrawals and efficient water usage trends, practices and technological developments.


  • A demonstrated thought leader and considered a global expert in sustainable water management, specifically focusing on setting of sustainability water management targets and leading practice in implementation of sustainable water strategies.
  • Track record of operational experience within a large global multi-commodity mining, manufacturing or related industry
  • Successfully implemented and executed complex system, capital and/or management of change projects related to water management and sustainable water planning and implementation
  • Demonstrated experience in a senior role within a technical environment, including the coordination of knowledge sharing across disciplines, communication of water strategies across multiple business units, and global water reporting (internal and external).

Bachelors / Honours degree or equivalent in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering or Chemical Engineering. Specialized in strategic water management, sustainable water utilization in the mining industry, water efficiency, water resources optimization, and mine water management.

Additional information:

Who we are

We aim to lead the industry by pursuing ever safer and more responsible ways of working, demonstrating integrity and showing care and respect for people and the planet. That means we are constantly seeking new opportunities to mine and process our products sustainably, using less water, less energy and more precise extraction technologies.  As the custodians of coal and other precious natural resources – diamonds (through De Beers), copper, platinum and other precious metals, iron ore and nickel – our extraordinary teams work safely and collaboratively, with the utmost consideration for local communities, our customers and the world at large.

What we offer

When you join Anglo American, you can expect to enjoy a competitive salary and benefits package. But more than this, you’ll find yourself in an environment where the opportunities for learning and growth are second to none. From technical training to leadership programs, we bring out the best in our people. There are plenty of opportunities to move onwards and upwards too. We’re a large, successful multinational company – and we’re still growing all the time.

How we are committed to your safety

Nothing is more important to us than ensuring you return home safely after a day’s work. To make that happen, we have the most rigorous safety standards in the industry. Not only that, we’re also continually investing in new technologies – from drones to data analytics – that are helping to make mining safer.

Inclusion & Diversity

We are committed to promoting an inclusive and diverse workplace where we value and respect every colleague for who they are. We provide equality of opportunity to enable everyone to fulfill their potential.