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Senior Project Planner

KoBold Metals

KoBold Metals

Posted on Friday, October 14, 2022

Project Planning Analyst

About the Company

KoBold Metals is a mineral exploration company – we explore for the metals we need for our transition to clean energy and electrification (e.g., lithium, nickel, cobalt, copper, rare earth elements). We have over 35 exploration projects, some of which we own outright and some in partnership with major mining and exploration companies.

We are backed by Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a16z, Bond Capital, Sam Altman, T Rowe Price, and other premier investors.

Our team includes the best of the industry in exploration geoscience, data science, software engineering, and business personnel. KoBold’s world-renowned geoscientists have made nearly 20 discoveries. They work on joint teams with outstanding data scientists, who have PhDs in physics, math, materials science, and geophysics. And our technology backbone has been built from scratch by our team of software engineers who are alumni of top Silicon Valley tech companies.

About the Position

In this role, you will be primarily responsible for directly building and managing KoBold’s exploration project schedules, budgets, and forecasts. This position will report to the COO, will work with the various regional exploration Field Operations Managers, and will require coordination with the Finance Team and the Chief Strategy Officer. This position will often require direct engagement with third-party partners and vendors to evaluate project planning options.


The Project Planning Analyst will:

  • Work with COO, exploration project leads, and Field Operations teams to build and maintain robust, dynamic project schedules, budgets, and forecasts.
  • With the Finance team, continuously track expenditures against budgets and update project cost forecasts
  • Evaluating existing exploration and mining technologies to help guide KoBold’s technology development priorities
  • Help the leaders of each exploration team prepare their requests for authorization and budget to execute their intended exploration programs
  • Conduct exploration project scenario assessments and help shape our operations strategy (e.g., in-house vs. general contractor, buy vs. rent, transportation options to remote camps) e.g., (a) evaluate cost and schedule implications for different fuel delivery options to remote camps across multiple field seasons; (b) assist generation of cost and schedule estimates for exploration program for use in opportunity acquisition analysis)
  • Build and maintain central tracking of schedule and budget across KoBold’s global portfolio of exploration projects
  • Financial scenario modeling to inform everything from corporate finance to resource planning and allocation


The candidate must have:

  • B.A. or B.S. in a quantitative discipline
  • At least 5 years experience of project engineering, strategic analysis, and/or planning experience in mineral exploration
  • Proficient in traditional project management tools (e.g., spreadsheet, project planning software) plus a willingness and ability to work using cloud-based planning tools, learn new tools, and integrate with KoBold tools and databases
  • Flexibility to accommodate calls with team members and vendors overseas
  • Interest in contributing broadly to the success of the company and eager to pitch in where needed

A great candidate will also have/be:

  • Experience in both project engineering and project planning in both mineral exploration and mine development projects
  • Great intuition on project development and project costs
  • Experience working with accounting software
  • Highly self-motivated and autonomous, able to work with limited supervision
  • Excited about working on a wide range of problems
  • Well-organized and a proactive communicator
  • Careful and consistent about getting the details right
  • International experience

KoBold Metals is an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity for people of any race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or veteran status.

This position is full-time, exempt.

Location: KoBold is a remote first workplace, we are open to candidates currently residing anywhere in the United States or Canada. All candidates must be authorized to legally work in either the United States for Canada

The US base salary range for this full-time exempt position is $100,000-$165,000.

Location: KoBold is a remote first workplace, we are open to candidates currently residing anywhere in the United States or Canada. All candidates must be authorized to legally work in either the United States for Canada