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Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

United States

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Root Cause Analysis Program Manager - Health and Safety - Phoenix, AZ


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Phoenix, AZ, United States 

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Health & Safety

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Freeport-McMoRan is a premier U.S.-based natural resources company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. We operate large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold and molybdenum. The company has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry. Freeport-McMoRan is the world’s largest publicly traded copper producer, the world’s largest producer of molybdenum and a significant gold producer. We have a long and successful history of conducting our business in a safe, highly efficient and socially-responsible manner.
We have the assets, the talent, the drive and the financial strength to provide attractive and rewarding careers for our employees. We encourage you to take some time to explore your career opportunities at Freeport-McMoRan.
Provides overall strategic management and direction to support the organizational goals related to the elimination of systemic causes of safety incidents and issues.  The RCA Program Manager will lead a team of RCA Specialists and provide direction for overall analysis/investigation of safety incidents that affect our business operations across North & South America.  The RCA Program Manager will manage the RCA Program across the Company with a focus on incident analysis overview, introducing continuous improvement strategies, training oversight and developing unique solutions that will help reduce reoccurring safety incidents.  This position reports to a Director of Health & Safety (DOHS).
  • Strategically manages entire RCA program, including developing processes, goals and objectives related to the success of this program and elimination of reoccurrences.
  • Drives implementation of process control strategies using data and trend analysis, root cause analysis & corrective actions. 
  • Creates and manages quality mechanisms to ensure periodic assessments of program and drives continuous improvements to process.
  • Facilitates a critical control improvement plan based on RCA findings, for communication and implementation across the organization.
  • Creates and adjusts RCA program KPI’s to reflect improvements in the organization’s safety performance.
  • Regularly reports relevant data and trending events to various audiences including site General Managers, DOHS Directors, site managers, etc.
  • Creates and manages a grading mechanism for all completed RCA’s.
  • Monitors and ensures timely implementation and effectiveness of approved RCA solutions.
  • Reviews completed RCA’s for consistency and effectiveness.
  • Supervises RCA Specialists in daily activities surrounding investigations and RCA’s and ensures that the right resources are available to investigate, identify and resolve the root cause of a problem.
  • Provides guidance to RCA specialists on various subjects such as investigation methods, facilitation skills, mediator skills, etc.
  • Leads and mentors team to advance the a safety and quality culture based on KPI results.
  • Provides support to the RCA specialists when conflicts arise and require additional guidance for resolution.
  • Perform other duties as requested.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree and seven (7) years Health & Safety, Engineering, Process Improvement,  Technical experience or related experience/field OR
  • Master’s degree and five (5) year of Health & Safety, Engineering, Process Improvement,  Technical experience or related experience/field
  • Strong analytical & problem solving skills (ability to quickly grasp problem, understand its complexities, analyzing the issue and identifying risk & break down complex problems)  
  • Proficient investigation skills
  • Provide leadership and work direction, and evaluate the performance of subordinate RCA staff
  • Ability to analyze information of considerable complexity and draw conclusions (interpret trends and patterns and prioritize responses)
  • Confident communicator and presenter, including written and verbal skills, effective at all levels of the organization 
  • Strong facilitator and mediator qualities (creating inclusive environment, stimulates conversations, sets guidelines, remains impartial, high-level of perceptiveness, etc.
  • Strategic and tactical thinker with the ability to multitask and prioritize
  • Possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills to effectively manage RCA program
  • Ability to coach and influence leadership at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to travel
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities that encompass amongst other things, a naturally inquisitive, strategically focused problem solver, detail-oriented, positive disposition, high level of accountability, motivating others to develop, adapting to change, encouraging others to succeed, inspiring ideas, cultivates a positive team culture that creates an inclusive environment, and seeking out way to serve others. 
  • Ability to understand and apply verbal and written work and safety-related instructions and procedures given in English
  • Ability to communicate in English with respect to job assignments, job procedures, and applicable safety standards