Senior Metallurgist

Apply now Requisition Number: 502864
Contract Type: On-going
Country: Mauritania
Location: Akjoujt
Site: MCM
Categories: Process

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.

Complexity band of role:  


Required abilities (skills, knowledge and wisdom):

  • Metallurgy and/or Chemical Engineering degree/diploma 
  • At least five years’ experience in Metallurgical Development Projects
  • People Management
  • Employee Relation
  • Drive departmental Health and Safety requirement’s            
  • Plant Processing Knowledge


Required aptitudes (physical, cognitive, emotional)


  • Fit for movement around Plant
  • No major sensory restrictions


  • Analytical
  • Objectiveness and factual reasoning
  • Disciplined
  • Innovative but practically Orientated
  • Communication


  • Performance/Achievement Driven
  • Willing to come out on call
  • Emotional maturity
  • Can function independently
  • Team player




This role is responsible to supports the Chief Metallurgist to optimise and continually improve the Technical operation of the Plant.  The core work outputs are:

  • Supporting the effective technical operation MCM processing plant      
  • Identifying new methods to improve the concentrators technical process
  • Good employee relations
  • Administration of necessary systems
  • Student mentorship



Work output

Key indicators

Supporting the effective technical operation MCM processing plant     


  • Tonnage throughput to targets
  • Recovery levels
  • Material (reagents and steel balls) usage to budget
  • Trained and motivated team
  • Safety indicators
  • Laboratory management
  • Housekeeping

Solving technical problems


  • Recovery trends
  • Project results
  • Improving standards
  • Cost savings
  • Monitor reline requirements

Process systems usage and utilization

Good employee relations



  • Co-operation levels from line functions
  • Competency levels
  • Idea generation for improvements from team

Administration of necessary systems

  • Timely and accurate information
  • Effective systems for management control used
  • Team trained on applicable systems
  • Reports completed on time to required standard
  • Ensure material stock is adequate including spares requirements

Student Mentorship

  • Identify work project for new students
  • Continuous coaching of students
  • Make follow up on student projects




Work output  Title : Supporting the effective technical operation of MCM processing plant


  • Monitoring the materials usage especially steel balls and reagents
  • Continuously liaise with the Chief Metallurgist on plant operations, technical projects and improvements from a technical perspective
  • Ensure that safety standards are adhered to and incidents are reported
  • Liaise with Process Supervisors for technical support requirements
  • Liaise with Engineering (maintenance) for mill inspections and relining requirements
  • Monitor and advise on the settings of operational parameters to optimise performance (Expert system operational parameters, reagents targets and set points, steel addition, etc.)
  • Audit the process regularly to ensure conformance (spot checks, calibrations, etc.)
  • Assist during breakdowns or emergencies or poor plant performances (stay on longer if required/necessary)
  • Identify and communicate  plant defects to the Chief Metallurgist
  • Provide support to outside technical “consultants”, e.g. OSA, SGS, etc.


Work output Title: Identify new methods to improve the concentrators technical process


  • Keep up to date with modern developments (ensure the ones in place are utilized effectively)
  • Initiate and conduct personal and team technical projects with the Chief Metallurgist and Laboratory Technicians
  • Monitor trends in the plant and compare with best practices if negative variations are found identify and implement solutions
  • Liase with engineering to identify engineering opportunities for improvement


Work output Title: Good employee relations


  • Effective two way open communication with employees
  • Develop a trusting and mutual respect relationship with internal and external service suppliers
  • Ensure that employees work in a safe environment
  • Support and participate in the training and development requirements of employees
  • Communicate effectively with Chief Metallurgist


Work output Title: Administration of necessary systems


  • Compile accurate daily metal accounting reports
  • Prepare ad-hoc reports for management or other information customers (weekly reports, technical data required, month end report)
  • Participate in required meetings including safety
  • OSA, Expert, Relining systems reliability
  • Establish procedures for abnormal work requirements which fall outside of standard procedures




  • Recommend the specialist expertise when technical problems occur and no expertise available on site
  • Changing technical parameters to minimise the effect of unexpected problems in liaison with line managers
  • Stopping the operation if the working conditions are unsafe
  • Stopping the operation if technical standards non-conformance could have serious impact on the process




Manager:                         Chief Metallurgist

Head of Department:        Process Manager



Internal interface individual

or sub-organisation

Relationship to



Chief Metallurgist


  • Receiving direction for work
  • Feedback of performance results
  • Communication of ideas
  • Resource allocations
  • Resources from other disciplines
  • Technical and management mentorship
  • Project management


Process Supervisors

  • Co-ordinating efforts
  • Problem solving
  • Technical advice
  • Process recipe adherence
  • Reagents and steel consumption


Engineering Supervisors




  • Project support
  • Joint planning to optimise process
  • Problem identification and solutions
  • Standards for equipment usage
  • Safety in operations
  • Upgrading equipment



  • Co-operation in project work
  • Sampling audits

Human Resources



  • Advise on Human Resources issues
  • Practices and procedures
  • Employee concerns

Safety Officer



  • Practices and procedures
  • Auditing
  • Employee training

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