Chief, Metallurgist
First Quantum Minerals
Colon, Panamá
hace 3 días

Job description : Purpose of The Role

Purpose of The Role

As a key member of the Process Plant team and reporting into the Manager Process Plant, the Chief Metallurgist is accountable for the effective and efficient operation of the Metallurgy function (strategy and execution) to deliver to maximised production and minimised costs while ensuring operational sustainability.

The role has a focus on daily-monthly optimisation.

Key Accountabilities and Challenges

  • Operate within and observe all relevant and applicable laws of Panama.
  • The role has accountability for the definition, implementation, monitoring and optimisation of the process plant metallurgical processes and performance.
  • The role spans comminution and flotation metallurgical control, plant Met-Accounting (Copper, Molybdenum, Gold & Silver), Process Plant reporting, metallurgical process control (including advanced & expert) and the Geo-Metallurgy program.
  • Maintain HSE standards and ensure strict compliance within Metallurgical team and support broader plant performance.
  • Define, implement and continuously improve the Process Plant metallurgical strategy.
  • Consistently deliver and exceed the main KPI of timely & accurate provision of detailed metallurgical information and direction for optimised plant performance.
  • Maintain very high standards of metallurgical analysis.
  • Monitor, control and report on metallurgy and met-accounting performance.
  • Routinely monitor, analyse and report production loss, identifying key areas for plant improvement.
  • Define and implement process control philosophies deliver the metallurgical strategy.
  • Maintain plant operational and metallurgical historical performance information (eg PI Osisoft system).
  • Maintain oversight of the geo-metallurgical program with respect to ore quality, plant behaviour, blending plans and performance.
  • Directly participate in the daily to monthly work activities of the processing plant, serving as technical support to operations personnel to enhance performance.
  • Constantly seek out and implement innovative solutions.
  • Review plant design, scope and develop justification for capital upgrades.
  • From a Metallurgical perspective, own, drive and support the commissioning, start-up and ramp-up efforts.
  • Implement the Metallurgy Section structure, manning levels and resources to deliver optimised metallurgical performance.
  • Maintain staff development plans, succession plans and training programs, particularly skills transfer and coaching to the national staff.
  • Prepare the Annual Process Plant Production Budgets and Re-Forecasts.
  • Produce daily, monthly, and annual Process Plant Operational reports.
  • Prepare the Annual Metallurgy Section Cost Budget and Re-Forecasts.
  • Control, report and reduce operational costs.
  • Implement FQM Way culture across the metallurgical team Smarter, Bolder, Driven, Together .
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Manager Process Plant.
  • Knowledge

    A Tertiary Qualification in Chemical Engineering, Extractive Metallurgy or Mineral Processing or related field.Post-graduate study in a related technical field highly regarded.

    Strong experience in metallurgical and operational roles with specific experience in copper / molybdenum crushing / milling & flotation circuits.

    Broad experience in complex multi-product differential flotation operations is highly regarded.

    Skills

    Excellent leadership, motivational and interpersonal skills.Excellent understanding and knowledge of technical, production and maintenance strategies for large-scale, continuous operating processing plants.

    Excellent cognitive and analytical skills with ability to carry out advanced calculations and analyse and understand highly complex and statistical metallurgical data.

    Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and able to assemble data and provide clear and accurate operational performance reports in both an upward and downward direction.

    Proven results facilitating continuous improvement activity.Proven success in planning and organizing.Strong computer skills.

    Building successful teams.

    Ability

    Ability to work in a multicultural environment.Strong ability to create a high-performing team environment.Ability to build strategic work relationships.Business Acumen.

    Behaviours

  • Strong personal commitment to SHEC performance
  • Strength in strategic decision making.
  • Results driven.
  • Diligent and thorough in approach.
  • Enthusiastic and pro-active in manner.
  • Possess the leadership discipline and perseverance to develop and execute management strategies and short / medium / long range action plans.
  • Strong drive and personal sense of ownership and accountability.
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