TECHNICAL SERVICES MANAGER , Lumwana Mine, Solwezi, Zambia

Lumwana Mining Company Limited (LMC), a copper mining company owned by Barrick Gold Corporation is situated in the North Western region of Zambia, some 300 km west of the Zambian Copperbelt and 95 km south west of the provincial capital of Solwezi. The mine is a multi-pit, multi staged operation mining approximately 100MT of ore and waste per annum and producing copper concentrates containing an average of 120,000 tonnes of copper metal per year over a twenty (20) year mine life, making Lumwana the largest single open cut copper mine in Africa. The Company is now looking for an experienced and qualified individual to be considered for the position of Technical Services Manager.
Role Summary
Reporting to the Senior Operations Manager, you will be responsible for the management of mine technical services department that comprises of long, medium and short term mine planning, exploration, geology, survey, equipment management system and drill & blast design.
  • Ensure sufficient and adequate data is collected and collated to allow development of Geological Resource, reserve and grade control models. This data should be presented and used in a manner which facilitates mine planning processes and optimum extraction of copper from the ore body.
  • Oversee Geotechnical, hydrogeological and hydrological studies are undertaken that gather sufficient and adequate data, and that this data is used to generate optimum designs. Mine designs (pits, dumps, roads, infrastructure, ground and storm water management systems) must be designed so that they are cognizant of both operational and CHESS requirements.
  • Short, medium and long term schedules to meet strategic and tactical objectives whilst optimising use of equipment resources.
  • Oversee optimisation of drill and blast design parameters 
  • Ensure Surveying is carried out to mark out designs and any other information that Operations require.. As-built excavations and constructions must be surveyed for quantities analysis and to ensure compliance with designs.
  • Development and use of dispatch systems (communications, hardware and software) which provides an effective and efficient tool for Operations to use and that allows regular and ad-hoc reports to be generated to meet agreed requirements.
  • Investigate any deviations in the field from expected outcomes, undertake as to the causes, and where appropriate make changes to design parameters.
  • Ensure deliverables comply with agreed standards, are timely produced and communicated effectively.
  • Provide leadership to ensure Technical Services Department engage and work collaboratively with all and any other stakeholders, and design proper communication protocols to provide the framework for doing so.
  • Accountable for effective management of the specific MOS elements
Experience & Qualifications
  • B.Sc. in Mining Engineering.
  • Minimum 15 years in the mining industry specifically large open pit metalliferous mines of which 5 years should be at a similar management position.
  • Strong overall background in mine planning.
  • African experience would be ideal though having worked in developing countries on other continents would suffice.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and lead teams of highly skilled and experienced staff having diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Proven ability to deliver results and act as a change agent.
  • Demonstrated ability to improve a department’s safety awareness.
  • Able to analyse mining data towards driving continuous improvement.
  • High level understanding of all relevant legislation affecting the employment and safety of persons in the mining industry in Zambia.
  • Experience in managing department costs and budgeting
  • Demonstrated application of continuous improvement ideas
  • Good computer skills with the ability to use integrated management systems, word processing, presentation and spreadsheet applications.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  •  Member of the Engineering Institute of Zambia or internationally recognised Engineering professional body
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