Senior Metallurgist-Accounting

Apply now Requisition Number: 501825
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Country: Zambia
Location: Kalumbila (140km west of Solwezi)
Site: Sentinel
Categories: Mining, Process

First Quantum Minerals Ltd. is an established and growing mining and metals company currently operating four mines and developing projects worldwide. Our aim is to become a globally diversified mining and metals company.

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 currently produce copper cathode, copper in concentrate, nickel, gold and sulphuric acid.

First Quantum’s current operations are the Kansanshi copper-gold mine in Zambia, the Guelb Moghrein copper-gold mine in Mauritania, the Kevitsa nickel-copper-PGE mine in Finland and the Ravensthorpe nickel-cobalt mine in Australia.

When our current projects are in operation, we expect we will be able to triple our annual copper production capacity and be positioned within the world’s 10 largest copper producers.

Sentinel is the first mine to be developed at the Trident project in the North Western Province of Zambia. The project comprises five large-scale mining licences and significant geological potential exists for expansion of operations, including the Enterprise nickel mine announced in December 2012. First Quantum is investing US$1.725-billion at the Sentinel mine and construction remains on time and on budget. Plant commissioning will commence in mid-2014 and copper production is expected reach 280 - 300,000 tonnes per annum.

Qualifications (required for job)

  • A Tertiary Qualification in Chemical Engineering, Extractive Metallurgy or Mineral Processing or related field;
  • Eligibility for membership of the Engineering Institute of Zambia (E.I.Z), and to hold relevant legal appointment as defined by the Mining Regulations of Zambia

Core Specific Responsibilities  – related to this Job

  • Understand and execute accountability of legal appointment under Zambian Mining Regulations;
  • The role has accountability for the accurate and timely metallurgical accounting and official reporting of copper production, concentrate dispatch, reagents, water and energy;
  • Ensure strong compliance to HSE standards within team;
  • Consistently deliver and exceed the main KPI of metallurgical accounting and technical reporting (i) accuracy and (ii) timeliness;
  • Monitor and report on production and raw material performance indicators;
  • Directly participate in the daily & weekly work activities of the processing plant, serving as technical support to operations personnel to enhance performance and  provide key performance information;
  • Develop and execute the site metallurgical accounting procedures, providing accurate and auditable production reconciliations and reporting systems;
  • Ensure compliance to legal met-accounting requirements;
  • Conduct and routinely report production loss reconciliations identifying key areas of production opportunity;
  • Coordinate the proper and thorough completion of loss tracking systems to ensure high integrity of production loss and asset performance reporting;
  • Work in collaboration with Commercial to manage the concentrate quality component of the Concentrate shed inventory and dispatch management system;
  • Work in collaboration with Commercial to routine account and report on processing reagent stocks, ensuring appropriate levels maintained at all times;
  • Routinely reconcile and report on the site water and energy balances;
  • Maintain the site process “data room”, to ensure all critical process information and reporting is stored logically and securely;
  • Constantly seek out and implement innovative solutions;
  • Lead the development, implementation and commissioning of capital projects assigned by the Superintendent Technical;
  • Liaise with reagent suppliers (through Commercial) to source new products to improve plant reagent cost effectiveness;
  • Supervise and control the activities, performance and development (particularly technical skills) of subordinate staff;
  • Ensure cost management is part of on-going decision making;
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Superintendent Technical

Behavioural Traits / Personal Characteristics

  • Commitment to SHEC performance;
  • Good leadership and motivational skills, and get work done through others;
  • Strong drive and personal sense of ownership and accountability;
  • Strong ability to task assign, build working relations and coordinate different operating disciplines to create a “team” environment;
  • Good cognitive and analytical skills for identifying process shortfalls, bottlenecks and implementing metallurgical testing;
  • Affinity to supervise technical research, direct and train metallurgical engineers and technicians;
  • Accustomed to carrying out advanced calculations and possess ability to analyse and understand highly complex and statistical metallurgical data;
  • Strong understanding of complex metallurgical information, process improvement and control strategies;
  • 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;
  • Ability to maintain self-discipline within a stressful environment;
  • Be diligent and thorough in approach;
  • Be enthusiastic and pro-active in manner;
  • Computer fluency is a must.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • English language proficiency.

Knowledge and Experience required for job

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in large, complex metallurgical process operations;
  • Direct experience in plant technical metallurgist / engineering roles with specific experience in base metal grinding and flotation;
  • Previous experience in met-accounting processes highly required;
  • Experience in process control systems, process information databases (i.e. PI Process Book) and metallurgical optimization highly regarded

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