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Rio Tinto Overview

London, England (UK)
10000+ employees
1873
Company - Public (RIO)
Mining
$10+ billion (AUD) per year
As pioneers in mining and metals, we produce materials essential to human progress.

Our long history is filled with firsts. We’ve developed some of the world’s largest and best quality mines and operations, and our people work in around ... Read more

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Rio Tinto – Why Work For Us?


"As pioneers in mining and metals, we produce materials essential to human progress."

We operate with pioneering spirit

Our long history is filled with firsts. We’ve developed some of the world’s largest and best quality mines and operations, and our people work in around 35 countries across six continents. We’ve led the industry in partnerships, with customers in new markets, and with local communities. We’ve pioneered technological innovations, such as our Mine of the Future™ programme and our low-CO2 aluminium from hydropower. And we’ve paved the way in areas such as safety, tax transparency and legacy management.

Yet, it’s not just about our past.

We continue to pioneer progress for a better future. Through research and innovation, we’re helping meet the needs of society in a growing and changing world. What we do brings benefits for our people, the communities in which we operate, and beyond.

We produce essential materials responsibly

Our materials are essential to making modern life work. You’ll find them in smartphones, planes, cars, hospitals and throughout your home. Our activities help economies grow and communities prosper.

Aluminium and copper, diamonds, gold and industrial minerals, iron ore, coal and uranium: from microscopic circuit board components to the hull of a supertanker, our materials make up the world around us. We own and operate open pit and underground mines, mills, refineries, smelters and power stations, research and service facilities, to produce them, and use our railways, ports and ships to deliver them to our customers.

And all underpinned by an absolute commitment to safety – for our people, contractors, and the communities in which we operate – and to minimising our environmental impact.

We partner for human progress

The strength of our partnerships – with our people, the communities we work with, the countries where we operate, our customers and suppliers – is what makes human progress possible.

We partner with auto industry leaders in developing alloys that are enabling a new generation of lighter, fuel-efficient vehicles. We partner with peers in organisations like the International Council on Mining & Metals to seek better ways to operate. And we work with NGOs worldwide to address some of mankind’s most fundamental challenges: how to grow more food, make better use of water, extend access to healthcare, and reconcile enhanced living standards while minimising impact on the planet.

We also partner with the communities in which we operate, sharing the wealth and benefits of what we do with local people, through employment, skills and education, and local economic development initiatives that aim to build self-sustaining communities long after we’re gone.

Welcome to a world of opportunity

If you're looking for adventure, genuinely interesting work, and fantastic career opportunities, then Rio Tinto is for you.

We are a global leader in the mining and metals sector, with our 55,000 people operating across six continents in more than 40 countries.

From our operations to our work with communities, everything we do is with the future firmly in mind. We're committed to sustainable and innovative ways to do business, deliver results and build a great work environment. It’s how we grow - it’s how you grow.

Exploration and discovery have been at the heart of our business for over 140 years. Now it’s your turn to help us explore new opportunities.

We go further

Our people are our most powerful asset. We are a diverse team of talented, enthusiastic individuals who foster a culture of inclusion. We understand it helps us work together to develop a focused yet flexible career paths for our workforce.
We are looking for candidates with outstanding ability and specialist experience. You will have the hunger and drive to learn new skills and gain lifelong experience as part of a successful and dynamic organisation.

You will collaborate with some of the best people in the industry and work with cutting edge technologies. These include our custom-designed remote control systems and a wealth of sophisticated computer technology that is helping us create the mining industry for the future.

You will also help us exceed the expectations of our customers, who range from steel producers to metal retailers to hybrid engine manufacturers.

Be valued, be included

No matter how they may differ, our people share one thing in common. It’s a belief that work is more rewarding when we are accepted and valued for our differences, not judged by them. It’s a belief that regardless of how we look, speak or think, we all have something to contribute and it’s this contribution that makes for a great organisation and fulfilling career.

Only by working together, pooling our strengths, can we create an environment in which innovation and creativity can grow and individuals thrive.

We get involved

The nature of our business means we forge close relationships with the environment and communities, wherever we operate. We're involved in education, supporting local communities with resources, and awarding grants for social and health programmes. Wherever we operate, we strive for close involvement with both government at all levels and NGOs.

By promoting the employment of local people, improving understanding of biodiversity and land management, and contributing to worthwhile community projects, we aim to keep integrity at the heart of our company.

Be part of it

Our culture is inclusive, exciting and performance - driven. You'll be part of an environment that welcomes new ideas and creates confidence in your ability to learn and achieve.

Because our people are our future we give you what you need to thrive. You can also look forward to a strong sense of care for your wellbeing. Best of all, you'll work with people who have a similar passion for their work, and approach everything they do with energy and integrity.

Rio Tinto is a world leader in finding, mining and processing the Earth's mineral resources, and your talents.

So be yourself. Be part of Rio Tinto.

Our values

Rio Tinto's four core values guide everything we do - from our treatment of our colleagues and customers to our commitment to smart and sustainable development.

Accountability: We depend on innovation, so we do everything we can to empower our people to act decisively - and to reward them for their initiative.

Teamwork: We believe that working together, in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect, is the engine that drives our business forward.

Integrity: We foster a culture of honesty and fairness - to our colleagues, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we operate.

Respect: At Rio Tinto we look out for the health, safety and wellbeing of our team-mates, and aim to recognise each other's contribution to the success of the enterprise

Developing our people is an essential part of our success - now and for the future. We want to engage our people by providing opportunities for their personal growth, helping them to contribute to the success of our organisation.

Our global Learning & People Development team developed a three-year learning roadmap to support the development needs of employees at all levels, in all roles across our operations. They work in tandem with the learning schemes available at a local level, to ensure that all employees have access to development for their current and future roles.

Rio Tinto College

 

In 2011, we launched the Rio Tinto College. This innovative approach to learning comprises academies for leadership and the development of functional skills. The flagship academy launched as part of the College was the Marketing Academy. This was followed by academies in the areas of Health, Safety, Environment and Communities, Leadership, Stakeholder Engagement and Human Resources.

The curriculum for all these schemes is a mix of formal classroom and social and online learning, which is available 24/7 and easily accessible through the academy portals.

 

Development opportunities

We offer extensive development opportunities for employees at all levels. This includes formal development programmes for trade, operational, professional, managerial and executive employees.

We're committed to helping you attain the leadership and technical competencies and behaviours you need to succeed at Rio Tinto. No matter what position you hold, you'll benefit from a Learning and Development plan that bolsters your strengths and allows you to acquire new ones. You will have regular discussions with your manager to review performance, identify relevant career and development opportunities and plan appropriate actions.

Revised annually, your Learning and Development plan may include:

  • A formal development programme
  • On-the-job learning
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Unstructured learning, special projects and secondments

 

Our people are the most important aspect of our business.

We need a safe, healthy and engaged workforce to expand and sustain our operations, and to contribute positively to local host communities.

We want to be a preferred employer. We invest in our people throughout their careers, offering diverse and inclusive employment prospects, development opportunities and competitive benefits clearly linked to performance.

Our stakeholders pay particular attention to our safety record, our progress towards our inclusion and diversity goals and how we are achieving local employment requirements particularly in developing countries.

Safety: our priority number one

We want to create an environment which is fatality-free, and where everyone goes home safely after every day and every shift.

Our approach to safety focuses on three core areas: fatality elimination, injury reduction, and catastrophic risk prevention including process safety. We maintain strong safety systems, standards and tools, and verify that critical controls are in place. We foster a culture that stops work if it is not safe.

Critical risk management is crucial to achieving our fatality prevention goal. It is a dedicated fatality prevention programme for all jobs with a fatality risk. At all our managed projects and operational sites every person must check that critical controls are in place and working effectively before the job can begin.

Capability and development

Diverse points of view help build better solutions.

Our people strategy guides how we attract, develop, engage and retain talented people. It is focused on fostering inclusion and diversity, offering exciting work and development opportunities, rewarding good performance and providing quality leadership at every level. Our approach is consistent with our code of conduct, The Way We Work, local laws and International Labour Organization standards.

We are focused on increasing the representation of women in our business, in addition to achieving a better balance of nationalities. Our aim is that our workforce is representative of the communities in which we operate, and that our leaders come from diverse backgrounds.

We help Indigenous people participate in the local economy through employment and learning programmes along with our local supplier and procurement programmes.




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    Share Program salary training and residential benefits.

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    None has been good career.

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    Listen to staff on ground, there’s lots of cost cutting money saving from workers in field that get missed.

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    1. Screen call with HR 2. Face to face with hiring manager, HR rep and hiring manager peer or team member 3. Interview with with the hiring manager's manager 4. Criminal background and credit check 5. Medical Assessment (steps 4 & 5 were post offer)

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Rio Tinto Awards & Accolades

  • Gold Medal Award, Austmine Miners Innovation Award, 2017
  • Australia's #1 InDemand Employer, LinkedIn, 2015
  • Top 200 of the Global 2000, Forbes, 2009
  • Top 200 of the Global 2000, Forbes, 2008
  • Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations List, Corporate Knights, 2008
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