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Operations Engineer

About the role

Reporting to the Operations Manager, you will support day-to-day operations, and optimise operational performances to meet customer needs, through delivery of the production plan whilst demonstrating behaviours to support the organisational values of safety, customer, and profitability.

Working closely with both the Operations and Maintenance teams, you will be responsible for maintaining the integrity of the Power Plant and associated services, ensuring the high level of performance required to meet the Steelworks customer requirements. 

As well as working with our major suppliers and customers your other responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the Power and Services (P&S) operations to minimise the risks to employees and contractors
  • Manage environmental incidents to contain the risks and to identify/ control the root cause and contributing factors
  • Ensure employees, plant configuration and operation are set to deliver the products, utilities and services to all customers
  • Ensure optimum level of inventories and critical parts/ spares for the consumables are maintained 
  • Drive employee participation in daily morning meetings and in improvement activities and projects 
  • Participate in the planning of major shutdowns and budget preparation and forcecasting

About your experience

Our ideal candidate will be an experienced Operations Engineer, with a strong background in Power Plant Operations and/ or Maintenance. You'll have a good understanding of complex manufacturing processes, strong problem-solving skills, and an ability to communicate effectively with a variety of technical stakeholders.

You’ll also have:

  • Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or similar competency
  • Strong organisational and proactive planning skills
  • Exceptional communication skills and prior experience in partnering with suppliers and customers
  • Solid IT literacy including SAP (advantageous) and the MS Office Suite
  • A desire to professionally develop your skill set.

About our team

GFG Alliance Australia operates an end to end mining, steel, construction and energy business. With over 160 sites and more than 6700 people, we provide steel for Australia’s leading infrastructure projects.

A member of the GFG Alliance group, Liberty Primary Steel is located at Whyalla, South Australia, approximately 400 kilometres north-west of Adelaide. We operate an integrated steelworks including steel making, blast furnace, coke oven and rolling mill facilities. Producing billet for rolling in Liberty Steel and other manufacturing sites and for export, together with rail and structural steel products. We look for exceptional talent from a broad range of backgrounds, to bring high energy and drive innovation. We foster a culture where people and the business can flourish and develop. 

Why consider Whyalla? Located on Eyre Peninsula’s Spencer Gulf in South Australia, Whyalla is an important hub and the region’s biggest city for retail shopping. Whyalla boasts a warm climate, accessible ocean shores and saltwater fishing. Whyalla is well served with educational facilities where students can gain a quality education from primary school to university without leaving the City.

To view more of what Whyalla has to offer visit

Next steps

We are committed to uncompromising levels of safety, strong customer centricity and diversity. Wherever they are in the world, our people are our greatest asset. We would love you to be part of our journey. 

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