BHP cost cut­ter an award-win­ner

Pilbara News - - News -

A Pil­bara woman who has made her name in the land of iron is look­ing re­gal af­ter an ore-some win at the 2015 Tel­stra Western Aus­tralia Busi­ness Women’s Awards last week.

Jes­sica Bar­ber won the cor­po­rate and pri­vate award af­ter be­ing recog­nised by judges for her work with iron ore gi­ant BHP Bil­li­ton.

Ms Bar­ber be­gan work in the re­gion in 2009 as a prin­ci­pal min­ing engi­neer af­ter mov­ing from Canada.

She soon be­came the su­per­in­ten­dent of drill, blast, and de­vel­op­ment at Mt Whale­back near New­man, be­fore be­com­ing the first woman min­ing man­ager at the same mine in 2011 at age 29. The po­si­tion was re­spon­si­ble for more than 350 em­ploy­ees and 250 con­trac­tors on-site.

She was also the mine man­ager at $300 mil­lion Min­ing Area C, which opened in 2003, where she looked af­ter more than 600 em­ploy­ees.

Ms Bar­ber’s man­age­ment skills have been in full fo­cus since she was cho­sen to be part of a team within BHP to find cost sav­ings in a weak­en­ing iron ore mar­ket.

The work of the team led to a cost re­duc­tion of 29 per cent of re­cur­rent costs at Min­ing Area C while pro­duc­tion con­tin­ued to in­crease.

Awards judges felt Ms Bar­ber had been able to in­crease the com­pany’s fo­cus on cost with­out com­pro­mis­ing the safety of work­ers.

Ms Bar­ber is now in the run­ning for the na­tional fi­nals of the Busi­ness Women’s Awards, which will be held in Mel­bourne on Novem­ber 18.

Other win­ners on the night in­cluded Perth busi­ness­woman Angie Paske­vi­cious, who won the over­all cat­e­gory for WA, Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der’s Dr April Armstrong who runs a 5000 pa­tient-strong prac­tice, City of Kwinana chief ex­ec­u­tive Joanne Ab­biss, Phyl­lis Narula, who runs nine child­care cen­tres in Perth, and Kim Tran of La Belle Peau Skin­care Clinic, who won the young women in busi­ness cat­e­gory.

Pic­ture: Shaun Pat­ter­son

Jes­sica Bar­ber won the cor­po­rate and pri­vate award at the Tel­stra Western Aus­tralia Busi­ness Women’s Awards.

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