Project Metallurgist - Process Plant

Requisition Number: 496557
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Country: Zambia
Location: Kalumbila (140km west of Solwezi)
Site: Sentinel
Categories: Process, Projects
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:

  • Conduct test work and analyse the results of test work programs and plant trials using statistical analysis tools to support findings and recommendations.
  • Report on and present findings of test work to management.

Required Knowledge and Experience:

  • A minimum of 12 years' experience in metallurgical process operations in large, complex metallurgical process operations within a multinational mining company;
  • Extensive experience in strong technical metallurgical / engineering roles with specific experience in base metal crushing/milling & flotation circuits;
  • Exposure to flotation plant design and/or metallurgical optimization;
  • Work experience in Africa highly regarded.

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 for technical and metallurgical team output;
  • Strong ability to task assign, build working relations and coordinate different operating disciplines to create a "team" environment;
  • Excellent 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 analyze and understand highly complex and statistical metallurgical data;
  • Excellent understanding of metallurgical process improvement and control strategies for large-scale, continuous operating mineral processing plants.;
  • 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 fluency.

Advertised: 17 May 2016 FLE Standard Time
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