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Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

United States

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Manager Water Resources (Phoenix, AZ, US, 85004-2121)


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Freeport-McMoRan is a leading international mining 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 one of the world’s largest publicly traded copper producers, 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 of our employees. We encourage you to take the time to explore the opportunity to advance your career at Freeport-McMoRan.


The primary purpose of this position is to provide strategic oversight of all corporate water rights and water supply issues, and provide assistance to worldwide business units in addressing these and other types of water issues, in order to secure sufficient water resources to support operations and protect shareholder value.


  • Direct and assist staff in providing oversight assistance and strategic planning to business units with water supply and water rights issues, to ensure access to water supplies to support operations
  • Manage and assist outside legal counsel working on water rights agreements and settlements in order to minimize legal expense and provide improved security for water supplies for business units, to support operations and protect shareholder value
  • Direct and assist staff in providing expertise in the areas of hydrogeology, water regulations, permitting, agency rule making processes, project budgets and forecasts, and water legislation as a matter of information and in response to inquiries from business units, in order to provide reliable customer assistance in support of operations
  • Direct and assist staff in developing and tracking Key Performance Indicators for water supply and water rights issues, in order to properly define, manage and monitor the availability of water and the leveraging of water assets, to support operations and protect shareholder value
  • Direct and assist staff in securing legal advice related to business unit water issues, in order to provide a coordinated approach and minimize legal expense to support operations
  • Manage financial assurance reporting for corporate water issues, and respond to requests for input on financial and risk management audit issues, in order to support SEC compliance requirements to protect shareholder value
  • Effectively coach and mentor department employees
  • Pro-actively support employee involvement and professional development
  • Counsel employees on performance standards
  • Complete and administer accurate and timely performance reviews
  • Perform other duties as required
Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Geology or Hydrogeology or similar technical field or equivalent experience, and eight (8) years of experience in developing and managing water resources for industrial use

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Hydrology or Natural Resources
  • Ten (10) years of experience in managing, regulating or permitting water resources
  • Comprehension of water rights and well permitting requirements
  • Ability to effectively communicate with direct reports and members of leadership
  • Ability to generate and interpret data /water use and supply reporting


  • 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
  • Must be able to work in a potentially stressful environment
  • Position is in busy, non-smoking office located in downtown Phoenix, AZ
  • Location requires mobility in an office environment; each floor is accessible by elevator
  • Must be able to frequently sit, stand, and walk
  • Must be able to frequently lift and carry up to ten (10) pounds
  • Personal protective equipment is required when performing work in a mine, outdoor, manufacturing or plant environment, including hard hat, hearing protection, safety glasses, safety footwear, and as needed, respirator, rubber steel-toe boots, protective clothing, gloves and any other protective equipment as required
  • Freeport-McMoRan promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing and on-going random drug testing as per applicable State Laws

Freeport-McMoRan has reviewed the jobs at its various office and operating sites and determined that many of these jobs require employees to perform essential job functions that pose a direct threat to the safety or health of the employees performing these tasks or others.  Accordingly, the Company has designated the following positions as safety-sensitive:

  • Site-based positions, or positions which require unescorted access to site-based operational areas, which are held by employees who are required to receive MSHA, OSHA, DOT, HAZWOPER and/or Hazard Recognition Training; or 
  • Positions which are held by employees who operate equipment, machinery or motor vehicles in furtherance of performing the essential functions of their job duties, including operating motor vehicles while on Company business or travel (for this purpose “motor vehicles” includes Company owned or leased motor vehicles and personal motor vehicles used by employees in furtherance of Company business or while on Company travel); or
  • Positions which Freeport-McMoRan has designated as safety sensitive positions in the applicable job or position description and which upon further review continue to be designated as safety-sensitive based on an individualized assessment of the actual duties performed by a specifically identified employee.

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