Manager of Sustainability, Environmental & Social Performance

Horizonte Minerals plc

£90,000 - £95,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent Simon Retter

Sectors: sustainability

Closing date: Saturday, 30th June 2018  

Job title: Manager of Sustainability, Environmental & Social Performance.

Location: London, United Kingdom with regular trips to Brazil or such places as required to complete the Feasibility Study

Salary: £90-£95k (dependent on experience)

Horizonte Minerals is an AIM and TSX-listed nickel development company focused in Brazil which wholly owns the advanced Araguaia nickel laterite project located to the south of the Carajas mineral district of Northern Brazil. The Company is developing Araguaia into the next major nickel mine in Brazil with targeted production by 2021.

The Araguaia Project Pre-Feasibility Study estimates that the project will generate over $1 billion in free cash flow over the life the mine. Araguaia plans to produce around 14,500 tonnes of nickel per year and is deemed to be a Tier 1 asset in terms of size and grade, sitting firmly in the upper end of the global grade curve. The project is currently targeting nickel production by 2021, following a yet to be published Feasibility Study.

Horizonte Minerals has recently acquired a second Tier 1 asset, the Vermelho Nickel project located in the Carajas mining district in the north of Brazil which is approximately 80 km north of the Araguaia project.

In light of this the company is seeking to recruit a talented individual to form part of the owner’s team to manage and oversee the Social and Environmental parts of the Araguaia Feasibility Study and the permitting process across both the Araguaia and Vermelho Projects in Brazil. The candidate will work towards obtaining the LI (construction license) and the LO (operating license) for the Araguaia Project and all other environmental permits required by the Horizonte Minerals Group for its Brazilian operations.

Key duties

  • Build up and develop a full permitting timeline and action plan (Social and Environmental) which will be integrated with the project Feasibility Study time line and ANM (Brazil Mining Agency) permitting steps to take the project from current phase of development through the construction-ready phase.
  • Oversee the development and successful completion of a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) through to LO; including social baselines, impact assessment, stakeholder engagement and management plans. Manage the activities of the SIA consultants and contribute solutions to obtain the company’s ‘social license to operate’.
  • Critical review of current work completed on the SEIA and implement any changes and or additions that are required to bring the Araguaia Project up to IFC/World Bank Standard.
  • Manage the sustainability project team and consultants and set the work programmes and deliverables for the next phase of project development from LP and LI, carry out environmental audits and environmental impact assessments.
  • Work collaboratively with the onsite project team to review existing company standards such as Integrity Policy and develop new standards such as the SSHE Management Standards, GRI reporting guidelines and any other relevant social responsibility commitments and assist organisations to conduct their activities in an environmentally appropriate manner
  • To select, review, adjust and reach final agreement with any third-party consultants that may be required on either the social and environmental work that makes up the FS, this includes commercial terms.
  • Carry out environment-related research and fieldwork to collect, analyse and interpret data to determine validity, quality and significance.
  • Provide on-going advice, support and capacity building to the communities’ function of sites including the design, implementation and periodic review of strategies for community engagement, social and environmental impact management, community investment, local government capacity building and local employment and procurement.
  • Contribute and lead the achievement of the community focus area goals of Horizonte’s sustainability strategy and assist Horizonte to conduct their activities in an environmentally appropriate manner and done in a way that is respectful of human rights
  • Lead the development, training and implementation of Horizonte’s in-house social and environmental management framework and guidance tools across the mining lifecycle
  • Manage the development and implementation of Horizonte’s Social and Environmental Management System with operations. Provide oversight of Horizonte’s social and environmental management performance.
  • Provide professional guidance to clients, government agencies, regulators and other relevant bodies, having regard for sustainable approaches and solutions with both Brazilian and international stakeholders
  • Lead the enhancement of environmental, social and community reporting, including the development of key performance indicators and provide reports as required for any of the company’s ongoing reporting requirements including weekly and monthly reports.
  • Recruit, manage and coach community personnel appropriate to the project activities.
  • Provide communities induction and training to project staff and contractors.
  • Ensure that project activities are respectful of human rights.
  • Ensure that the Country Managers and other staff are aware of any social risks and opportunities associated with the project.
  • Responsible for hiring additional Company employees on the social and environmental side- you will be directly responsible for running this process.
  • Advance the permitting of the recently acquired Vermelho Nickel Project, located in the Carajas mining district.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, sustainability, community development, social policy, environmental science, environmental management or other related fields. A Post graduate degree level qualification is preferred.


  • Since this is a senior level role the ideal candidate will require extensive professional work experience in the field of social or environmental responsibility.
  • Experience and familiarity working with the extractives sector.
  • Knowledge of and experience with international principles and best practice in relation to communities and social responsibility e.g. International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), IFC Performance standards.
  • Demonstrated expertise and success designing, implementing and evaluating social/community strategies and programs with particular focus to community engagement, impact management, community investment and local content.
  • Demonstrated expertise in designing environmental control plans for large scale mining projects
  • Possess a track record of successfully influencing colleagues and practice.
  • Previous team and people management experience with an interest in team development and mentoring.
  • Experience in indicator development, monitoring and reporting on community initiatives and indicators.
  • Proven track record of success in obtaining environmental licenses within the Brazilian extractive industry, Para State experience preferred.

Key Attributes:

  • The ability to converse fluently in Portuguese is a key requirement.
  • Integrity, respect and solutions-focused with a commitment to participatory community and sustainable development.
  • Results-oriented individual with excellent organisational, planning and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent communication, facilitation and interpersonal skills with demonstrated experience working with a broad range of people and groups.
  • Experience conducting training and demonstrated presentation skills will be a strong asset.
  • Strong research, analytical and writing skills and an attention to detail.
  • Proficiency with computer applications such as Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to travel approximately 50% of the time.

Closing date of advert

Please send a copy of your CV together with a cover letter to the email address set out. The closing date for the advert will be 30 June 2018. Any applications received after this date will not be considered.

Due to the volume of applicants we will only reply to those candidates that are shortlisted for interview.

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