Categories : Mining
First Quantum Minerals Ltd. has grown from a small mineral operation in Zambia into a multinational mining business in less than two decades, with a global portfolio of copper and nickel assets in Europe, Africa, Australia and South America.
This phenomenal growth is down to FQM people who have strived to be Bolder, Smarter and Driven in everything they do.
In March 2013, First Quantum Minerals acquired Inmet Mining Corporation, a Canadian-based mining company primarily producing copper and zinc from mines in Finland, Spain and Turkey, with also a major copper deposit under development in Panama, known as Cobre Panama.
The combination of the First Quantum and Inmet assets has created one of the world’s leading copper producers with a geographically diversified portfolio of high-
quality operations and development projects in eight countries across five continents.
With a strategic plan to produce more than 1 million tonnes per annum of copper within five years, the Company is poised to become the largest, widely-
held pure-play copper producer and one of the top five copper producers in the world.
We are currently searching for a highly experienced Open Pit Drill, Blast and Cable Handling Superintendent for our world class operation in Panama, Central America.
Key Responsibilities :
Develop, review and implement best practice for all drilling and blasting activities with a critical focus on blast optimization.
Control and management of the operating budget.
Monitor and report on daily performance and monthly progress.
Control and management of all drilling and blasting activities including Explosives Magazine.
Management of drilling and blasting consumables including stock control.
Design and interpretation of blast designs and tie-in plans, effective communication / implementation in the field.
Direct and oversee blast optimization with a specific focus on fragmentation improvement on the "mine to mill" concepts
Assist in training and upgrading the national workforce through successful skills transfer.
Implement a program of ongoing training and development so as to affect skills and technology transfer for successful succession planning.
Implement employee performance management processes to ensure optimum employee performance.
Demonstrate high level of communication with the Mining Operations personnel, Processing personnel and other departments.
Interface with mine, corporate and community stakeholders to ensure successful and safe drilling and blasting operations.
Ensure that activities are carried out in strict conformance with all company policies inclusive of cultural, social, safety and environment.
Proactively promote a positive Site safety and environmental management culture.
Achieve the mine operational drilling plan in compliance with the blast planning ensuring enough materials for the loading activity
Perform any other duties assigned by management
Qualifications & Experience :
Degree / Diploma in Mining Engineering or Explosives Technologies.
10 years open pit mining in a drill and blast capacity.
Demonstrated knowledge of Blast Design and Initiation software. (Surpac)
Prior experience in Explosives Magazine control and management
Demonstrated people leadership and ability to training and transfer skills.
A valid Driver's License.
A valid Blasting Certificate.
Behavioural Traits :
Excellent communication & interpersonal skills
Ability to meet targets and deadlines
Ability to read, write and speak English
Ability to exercise effective judgement, sensitivity and creativity
Highly detail-oriented and independent worker
Motivated towards continual improvement
Unquestionable high integrity