Laboratory Analyst

Requisition Number: 497723
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Country: Zambia
Location: Kalumbila (140km west of Solwezi)
Site: Sentinel
Categories: 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.
Key Responsibilities:
  • This position will be required to adhere to all relevant requirements, policies, procedures and legal regulations pertaining to health, safety, environment and quality, as well as finance, human resources, and any other regulations as required by the company and relevant to the level of the role and responsibilities of the function.
  • Ensure that all personnel and visitors adhere to company safety regulations and requirements of the section.
  • Attend daily shift meetings.
  • Generate routine two hourly plant control assays on LIMS logged sample batches.
  • Generate required assays on submitted metallurgy test work samples timely and accurately.
  • Ensure meets criteria for QC/QA of certified reference materials (CRMs) and secondary reference materials.
  • LIMS sample and assay entries and maintenance.
  • Maintain records.
  • Coordinate analysis and reporting of all routine and non-routine samples.
  • Routine two hourly process control report.
  • Coordinate preparation of copper concentrate lot composites for assay at KML site Laboratory.
  • Ensure competent & satisfactory operation of the following; Leco, AAS.
  • Ensure satisfactory use of LIMS equipment (Thin clients, Label printer, scanners and PDA) and associated consumables (thermal transfer labels and ribbons).
  • Manage and maintain good housekeeping of the Instruments room.
  • Prioritize workloads and ensure that turnaround time obligations on analysis are met.
  • Ensure good communication with co-workers and superiors during shift.
  • Ensure good housekeeping in the area of responsibility.
  • Maintain discipline in the section.
  • To perform any reasonable task as instructed by Shift Chemist/Chief Chemist
  • Diploma in laboratory Science or relevant laboratory in-house training/experience.
Experience & Skills:
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office.
  • Excellent in use of analytical instruments like the Leco, AAS.
  • At least 3 years' experience in a Mine site Laboratory.
  • Working experience in the process plant.
  • Knowledge in Excel.
Behavioural Traits:
  • Must be a team player.
  • Ability to meet work & report targets on time.
  • Potential to resolve problems efficiently.
  • Must be responsible, focused and self-motivated.
    Advertised: 20 May 2016 FLE Standard Time
    Applications close: 03 Jun 2016 FLE Standard Time
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