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IT Specialist

Position Profile


Location: Northeast British Columbia

Language of Work: English

Start Date: When filled

Schedule / Terms of Employment: This is a full time (40 hours/week), permanent position

Primary Purpose

The IT Specialist shall be responsible for designing and supporting the Information Technology (IT) functions for Conuma Coal Resources Limited across both the Commercial and Industrial Domains.

Company Information

Conuma is a leading Canadian producer and exporter of metallurgical coal for the global steel industry.  In 2016, Conuma acquired Walter Energy’s Canadian assets, which consisted of three metallurgical coal mines in Northeast British Columbia. These mines now make up the company’s Canadian operations. The company is well-positioned to meet the world’s growing demand for metallurgical coal products. With ready access to both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Conuma is able to serve customers in South America, Europe and Asia.

Duties and Responsibilities

The IT Specialist must have very strong IT and Information Management (IM) technical skills, in combination with strong communication skills to support an effective IT Department and IT/IM vendors in delivering a robust and comprehensive IT framework for this growing mining business.

Key outputs:

  • Understanding business strategy, plans, objectives and value drivers for Conuma.
  • Designing and supporting all of Conuma's IT requirements so as to provide the lowest cost, robust and effective technical platform to support Conuma's business objectives.
  • Understand current trends for IT functions for mining and exploration industries.
  • Implement IT strategies and plans that improve revenue, drive down costs and improve asset utilization.
  • Managing relationships with external IT/IM vendors and Business Unit management.
  • Identifying and mitigating risks associated with the use, communication and storage of information technology and associated data, information, knowledge and business processes.

Systems and Processes:

  • Comply with all Conuma Coal Resources HR, safety, technical, environmental, operating procedures and business systems.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant systems and provide the necessary governance to ensure system optimization and consistency throughout Conuma Coal Resources.
  • Provide feedback on the effectiveness of Systems to continually improve performance and ensure the needs Of the Business are met.
  • Strive to deliver "Best Practice" IT and IM service models within Conuma Coal Resources Limited.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in IT/IM roles
  • Bachelor's degree or Diploma in IT
  • Cisco and MS certification
  • Mining experience is strongly preferable

Skills and Abilities

  • Comprehensive understanding of network architecture and client/server technology.
  • Strong problem solving and communications skills.
  • Sound working knowledge of Microsoft applications particularly Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Excellent technical skills and demonstrated aptitude with regards to IT troubleshooting processes.
  • Ability to work in a team environment involving support, flexibility and team work.
  • Ability to meet requirements of own and department’s action plans.
  • Ability to demonstrate accuracy, consistency, confidentiality and a commitment to continuous improvement in the work environment.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Analytical skills to understand issues, determine and implement solutions.
  • Experience with routing technologies, VLANs, port channels, trunking.
  • Experience with Wi-Fi technologies.
  • Experience with firewall technologies (Fortinet NGFW, Cisco ASA).
  • Experience with WAN optimization technologies (i.e., Riverbed).
  • Experience with HA/DR network technologies.
  • Experience with Microwave technologies.
  • In-depth experience with Cisco IOS.
  • Willingness to be "on call" on a rotating basis.

Work Location / Travel

Conuma’s properties are located in Northeast BC, amongst some of the most beautiful surroundings in North America. At the Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark, employees can enjoy almost limitless hiking amongst some of Canada’s biggest waterfalls, ride through ATV and snowmobile trails, explore 97 million-year-old dinosaur footprints, ski cross-country trails, play ice-hockey, swim indoors and out, cycle and enjoy the sense of community only a small town provides. An hour and a quarter away, Chetwynd is famous for its chainsaw wood carvings, First Nations Bands and offers a range of kayaking, snowmobiling and rock climbing opportunities. Local amenities include medical centres, retail and grocery stores, bars and restaurants with events held through the year. Regarded as a wonderful place to raise a family, with vastly reduced costs of living, Northeast British Columbia is the outdoor paradise our employees are proud to call home.

  • Employee bus transport is available from Tumbler Ridge / Chetwynd
  • Please be aware no camp facilities are available 

Wage and Benefits

Conuma Coal provides competitive wages and benefits. Benefits include paid vacation, RRSP matching and extended healthcare.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume to, mentioning the job title you are applying for in the subject line, and indicating your authorization to work in Canada (work permit, permanent resident or Canadian).

Conuma Coal Resources is an equal opportunity employer


Application Process

To apply to this position please send your cover letter and resume to:

June 24, 2018

Application Deadline: