Operational Readiness Manager

Operational Readiness Manager

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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan





Join a top employer and advance your career. Aplin has partnered with a Saskatoon-based company to hire an operational readiness manager to join their project team, with the goal of transitioning to the mine general manager once project construction is complete.

Benefits and Perks
  • Competitive compensation
  • forward-thinking organization with a focus on sustainability
  • Agile teams are unhindered by excessive bureaucratic procedures.
  • Priority on providing a safer, cleaner work environment


  • Drive a culture of zero harm at the mine and mill site, with an uncompromising
  • commitment to health, safety, and the environment. This can be accomplished through
  • planning, procedures, training, and continuous improvement to ensure a safe work environment.
  • environment
  • Foster an environment where team engagement is paramount to operational excellence.
  • Develop a robust operational readiness plan in concert with the project execution plan.
  • In collaboration with the Project Director, provide a detailed schedule and estimate for the Operational Readiness Plan with specific focus on lead times, ensuring all resources, i.e.
  • People, equipment, machinery, and systems are in place to meet operational readiness requirements.
  • Generate and track a detailed schedule of all activities directly related to the ramp-up of production to ensure successful operational readiness.
  • Implement the deployment of standard operational and maintenance management systems, procedures, and tools across the organization.
  • Identify gaps from the design phase through construction and into operability, proactively recommending and implementing solutions with the senior management team.
  • Provide and share best operational practices and carry out internal and external benchmarking to enhance business optimization processes.
  • To ensure effective operational ramp-up, define roles and responsibilities within the operational readiness team and other stakeholders.
  • Establish and develop an effective communication plan between key stakeholders to ensure efficient change management processes are followed.
  • Develop operating manuals for all on-site facilities through collaboration with the project, operating, maintenance, and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) teams.
  • Liaise regularly with the operating, technical, administrative, maintenance, and HSEC teams to ensure total alignment on planned processes.
  • Assist with quarterly and yearly budget planning and perform regular reconciliation and variance reports.
  • During the turn-over process, sign off and approve project deliverables that meet the required quality and specifications for operational use.
  • Work collaboratively with the Human Resources department in recruiting, hiring, and training the production and maintenance workforce.


  • 5-10 years of experience in the mining sector as an operational readiness manager, or a combination of years, including mine general manager with start-up experience in North America.
  • Eng., PMP
  • unwavering dedication to protecting health, safety, and the environment
  • alignment with the organizational ethos of becoming a net positive business
  • Experience with Indigenous and Community Engagement
  • ability to map processes and experience with process mapping software.
  • project management experience
  • Operations leadership experience
  • EPCM experience
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to inspire and lead teams to achieve desired goals
  • ability to coordinate a diverse group of individuals, both internal and external to the company.

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