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Head of Mine – Siilinjärvi Finland
Yara Suomi Oy

Alkuperäinen julkaisupäivä 4.10.2018

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About the Unit

The mine is located in Siilinjärvi, next to Kuopio which is the center city of Eastern Finland. The mine produces annually approximately one million tons phosphate concentrate being delivered as raw material to Yara’s NPK and feed phosphate production in Nordic as well as some bi-products from the phosphate production. The mine shares support functions with the Siilinjärvi chemical plants. The Plant Manager of the chemical plants acts as the legal head of all the operations in Yara Siilinjärvi site.  

The mine has about 90 Yara employees. Drilling, loading and haulage of ore from mine to concentrator is out-sourced on a long term contract, and the contractor currently employ about 180 people for this activity. The current contract expires by end of 2021 and future set-up is under evaluation.

There are two open pits in production. The concentrator is located by the main pit. For captive use there is an emulsion plant and two charging trucks. Mining in Siilinjärvi has been started in 1979. The current mining pit has an estimated lifetime up to 2035. A project is started for extension of the mining area prolonging lifetime to after 2060.


  • Prioritize and ensure site adherence to legal regulations and to Yara internal HESQ policies and be a role model for the site employees and site contractors in achieving excellent performance within Health, Environment and Safety.
  • Establish site specific policies and procedures based on the framework set by the Yara Steering System to prevent accidents and emissions to the environment, guaranteeing it is being supported by adequate organization and proper tools.
  • Develop and execute a roadmap for the mine to remain a long-term competitive and sustainable phosphate source for Yara.
  • Aim to achieve excellence and continuous improvement in the overall site operation including introduction of new digital technologies.
  • Propose, defend and implement the Business Plan for the coming year in alignment with Yara and Production’s business strategies. Meet annual volumes and fixed cost targets by ensuring reliable and systematic operations.
  • Analyze the need for investments and propose projects in adherence to the Capital Value Process; act as a "good client" towards external and internal engineering parties, overseeing the progress of the projects and taking an active role in agreeing corrective actions and in achieving a smooth operation after handover.
  • Ensure excellent cooperation within Yara Mining to share best practices and initiatives; to speed up the implementation and usage of such best practices and to achieve an optimal synergy effect.
  • In cooperation with the  Plant Manager of the chemical plants ensure good relationship with Unions and employee representatives, in order to create a good climate for industrial relations, while pushing a performance culture.
  • In cooperation with the  Plant Manager of the chemical plants promote good social citizenship with external stakeholders such as regulatory bodies, authorities, media, local communities, etc.
  • Secure workforce and succession planning, giving special focus to talents and critical positions; ensure a proper organizational design (short and long-term).
  • Conduct regular performance reviews and agree development plans for all direct reports, maximizing competencies and alignment to business demands.


  • University degree, preferably in mining, geology or within engineering.
  • At least five years of relevant experience in site management, production management or project management in the mining or chemical industry.
  • Hands-on mentality and good interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to travel and be mobile in an international environment.
  • Fluent in English and preferably Finnish. Willingness to learn local language is an asset.

Proven track record of good leadership:

  • Endeavors to hire those who have better skills than themselves, and subsequently dedicates time and efforts into developing people through coaching, feedback and exposure to increasingly challenging assignments.
  • Follows up performance and the development of teams and individuals, ensuring employees clear vision on Yara´s performance, culture and values.
  • Role models the behaviors you want to see in your employees.
  • Acts as the CEO of the mine and duly take initiative, prioritizes decisions and solutions, and delegates accordingly.
  • Acts based on what is best for Yara as a company.
  • Embodies a learning attitude, by remaining curious, and seeking out all relevant sources of information to fast track learning in both technical and people related topics, including the “steal with pride” ethos. Also encourage and support others at the plant to do the same.
  • Acknowledges, demonstrates and encourages balance of work/private life.

Additional Information

The Head of Mine reports to the Head of Yara Mining and is based in Siilinjärvi.

For additional information please contact Torgeir Kvidal, Head of Yara Mining, via email torgeir.kvidal@yara.com or Marc Van Hijfte, HR Business Partner, via email marc.van.hijfte@yara.com.

Please send your application at www.yara.com/careers by 24th October 2018.