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Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

United States

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Root Cause Analysis Specialist - Health and Safety - Safford, AZ


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Safford, 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.
Supervises, executes and leads the Root Cause Analysis (RCA) program initiatives and processes.  The RCA Specialist is responsible for leading, facilitating and providing subject matter expertise as well as supporting site personnel with RCAs.  Additionally responsible for maintaining quality aspects of the RCA process, training and developing unique solutions that will help reduce reoccurring safety incidents.  This role has a high level of visibility across the operations and provides feedback and solutions for risk reduction through the RCA process.  This position reports to the RCA Program Manager. 
  • Supervises, executes and leads the RCA program initiatives and processes. 
  • Conducts and leads RCA investigations in order to determine the fundamental causes of the incident that may extend beyond the immediate cause.
  • Assembles incident resolution teams to drive incidents to closure; collaborating with Operations and Maintenance departments and other staff in problem solving efforts to improve safety.
  • Monitors action items status through completion. 
  • Performs data analysis necessary to 1) determine the true root causes of a system, process or product and 2) identify trends, risks, gaps in order to drive continuous improvement efforts.
  • Compiles and review all relevant documentation pertaining to the incident investigation (e.g. policies, procedures, statements, photos, etc.)
  • Interfaces within the CAPA database tool and cross functional department representation to manage CAPAs, coordinate CAPA meetings, acquire and report on CAPA KPI’s.
  • Coordinates communications regarding findings, resolutions, action items, etc.
  • Provide status and trend reports and updates to the RCA Manager on a routine basis.
  • Responsible for providing RCA training to all levels of the organization.
  • Defines process improvement activities and performance management best-practices as well as process standardization.
  • Identifies and escalates issues within the RCA process to ensure expedient and effective resolutions.
  • Perform other duties as requested.


Minimum Qualifications
  • High School diploma or equivalent and seven (7) years Health & Safety, Engineering, Process Improvement, Technical experience or related experience/field OR
  • Bachelor’s degree and three (3) years Health & Safety, Engineering, Process Improvement,  Technical experience or related experience/field OR
  • Master’s degree and one (1) year of Health & Safety Engineering, Process Improvement, Technical experience or related experience/field
  • Ability to analyze information of considerable difficulty and draw valid conclusions
  • Strong communication skills, including written and verbal skills, effective at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to coach and influence leadership at all levels of the organization; works well and builds trust from frontline employees to Sr. Leaders
  • Strong facilitator and mediator qualities (creating inclusive environment, stimulates conversations, sets guidelines, remains impartial, high-level of perceptiveness, etc.
  • Possess consultative/collaborative style and approach with proven ability to develop credible relationships within all levels of the organization; maintaining a calm disposition during investigations/RCA meetings
  • Ability to drive process creation, change management, and continuous improvement
  • Ability to collect and analyze information, problem-solve, and make decisions
  • Ability to travel as needed (Up to 75% of time), may include international travel and travel to remote locations
  • Microsoft Office Skills
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities that encompass amongst other things, a naturally inquisitive, analytical problem solver, detail-oriented, positive disposition, high level of accountability, motivating others, 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