Project Manager - world-first electronic waste recycling plant

  • 7+ years experience

  • Opportunity to join a young Kiwi cleantech company at a key point in its journey

  • Oversee and manage first-of-kind plant build

  • Further opportunity to drive deployment of technology around the globe

Mint Innovation has been developing innovative clean technologies since 2016. Our mission is to provide low cost, sustainable solutions to recover valuable metals from the urban mine (waste manufactured goods) through having plants in major cities around the world.


Mint's first cleantech platform focuses on electronic waste. Having proven our technology at a pre-commercial scale at our Auckland facility, we’re now gearing up to deploy a commercial plant in the greater Sydney region, beginning Q1 2021.


We now have a unique opportunity to lead the deployment of this plant as Project Manager. The plant itself is akin to a small brewery, having a maximum design capacity of 10 tonnes of electronic waste processed per day.


You will initially be embedded for a month with our team of seventeen in Auckland before needing to locate near the plant site (Sydney) to begin the project. The plant is scheduled to be operational in Q4 2021, and there will be further opportunity to continue driving deployment of Mint’s technology around the globe.


The position is full-time with an initial 12-month posting near Sydney; travel to Auckland will be required from time to time

The Role

  • Oversee and manage the plant build to ensure it is completed on time and within budget

  • Take ownership of scope of works and delivery plans

  • Take a lead role in predicting/solving project issues as they arise

  • Manage contracts with vendors and suppliers by assigning tasks and clearly communicating expected deliverables

  • Manage resources in an effective and efficient manner

  • Assist with budget preparation and tracking of spend

  • Implement timely and clear reporting systems

  • Regularly communicate with Mint senior executives to ensure they are well informed of progress, as well as adjustments and risks as they arise

  • Liaise, coordinate and control activities with other Mint staff to achieve technical quality, budget and programme objectives


Skills and Experience

This is an opportunity for an energetic and practically-minded person to join a young company at a key point in its journey. Our ideal candidate will have as many of the following qualities as possible:

  • 7+ years of project management and related experience, ideally with general process plant builds (industrial/chemical)

    • Evidence of shouldering sizeable responsibility on a project is desired, as well as seeing a previous project through its full life cycle

    • Experience on one-of-a-kind projects is desirable

  • Ability to fight fires (the metaphorical kind) consistently and effectively; extreme resourcefulness is required

  • Comfort with the uncertainty associated with a first-of-kind plant build

  • Good negotiation skills and confidence in handling multiple contractor relationships

  • Recognised project management training, e.g. PRINCE2, PMP certification

  • Background and qualification in a relevant engineering field (e.g. process or chemical) would be beneficial, but a proven ability to complete projects according to the outlined scope, budget, and timeline is what really matters

  • Highly self-motivated, entrepreneurial mindset, with a positive, roll-up-your-sleeves attitude to getting things done


If the above sounds like you, apply via Seek - we're aiming to quickly shortlist and interview candidates over the course of October for a start date in late November.


Please note that you must have the right to work in Australia to apply for this job. Regrettably we will not be offering visa sponsorship.

Other openings

Although we don't have any other dedicated roles that we're looking to fill at this time, as a start-up we're always interested to hear from entrepreneurial scientists with experience in inorganic chemistry, bioremediation, biotechnology or metallurgy in general. The same goes for chemical and process engineers, so please feel free to introduce yourself to us!

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