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Shift Senior Supervisor - Process

Job Field:
Engineering and Mineral Processing Jobs, Mine Operations Jobs
Process Jobs, Process Control Jobs
Copper, Metals
Africa, Zambia
North Western Zambia
Contract Type:
Full Time / Permanent
Salary Description:
on application
First Quantum Minerals
Job Ref:

Reporting to the Superintendent Control Room, accountable for the minute-to-minute optimisation (maximisation) of plant copper production over his shift. The role is the single point of accountability for optimisation of plant performance 24/7 365 days per year with some direction from multi-discipline expertise. Production delivered with compliance to defined safety and environmental procedures.

Location: Kalumbila (140km west of Solwez  Site: Sentinel

Key Responsibilities

  • Understand and execute accountabilities of legal appointment under Zambian Mining Regulations;
  • Demonstrate high commitment to safety, and ensure strong compliance to Safety and Environmental Management systems by shift teams;
  • Ensure Safety and Environmental incidents are immediately reported, immediately controlled and appropriately escalated to relevant Superintendents & Managers;
  • Drive the site equipment, people and processes to maximise production;
  • Monitor and control all plant parameters to exceed the main plant KPI's of throughput, recovery and product quality;
  • Coordinate real-time plant feed rate and ore quality with Mine Captain (or via dispatch).   Understand and pre-empt ore attribute impacts on plant performance to optimise plant control responses;
  • Ensure equipment is operated within defined operating strategies and procedures;
  • Ensure high utilisation of the plant 'expert' control system and other critical control loops;
  • Maintain high utilisation of critical in-line instrumentation & measurement (ie PSI & OSA) for real-time performance optimisation;
  • Set and maintain high standards of plant control (ie alarm management, operating by trends, PLC bypass management, downtime reason integrity etc);
  • Execute daily operating instructions issued by day leaders (operations, metallurgists, and maintenance) and escalate when they cannot be achieved;
  • Ensure all appropriate performance deviations are promptly escalated by shift supervisors (operations and maintenance) to relevant Supts and Managers;
  • Assist in oversight of major plant shutdowns, maintenance activities and start-ups;
  • Direct the Shift Maintenance Supervisor(s) on maintenance priority;
  • Coach shift personnel, particularly Shift Supervisors and Control Room Operators in the drive for operational excellence;
  • Provide performance feedback to Superintendents on Supervisors, Control Room Operators and shift teams;
  • Understand impacts of decisions (production, quality, cost & risk) to constantly deliver optimum business solutions;
  • Always be contactable and be able to report detailed plant performance status;
  • Maintain high level of field presence;
  • Chair relevant meetings;
  • Conduct detailed handovers;
  • Provide detailed shift plant performance reports;
  • Comply with the 'FQM Way' culture – "Smarter, Bolder & Driven";
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Superintendent Control Room.

 Behavioural Traits / Personal Characteristics

  • Strong leadership and motivational skills;
  • Superior sense of personal ownership, accountability and urgency;
  • Strong ability to maintain high standards without direct supervision;
  • Ability to efficiently coordinate and assign work to different operating disciplines to exceed targets;
  • Ability to strongly influence people and teams without direct authority over them;
  • Excellent analytical skills for identifying process shortfalls and equipment bottlenecks / limitations, and implementing corrective actions;
  • Possess excellent cognitive skills to conduct detailed problem-solving on specific issues within the context of macro plant issues and performance, to prioritise and execute corrective actions to optimise business value; 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to facilitate accurate transfer of plant performance information in both an upward and downward direction;
  • Ability to maintain self-discipline within a very stressful environment;
  • Be relentless, 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.

Qualifications (required for job)      

  • A Tertiary Qualification in Process Engineering or Mineral Processing (or equivalent in related field) is highly regarded;
  • Eligibility for membership of the Engineering Institute of Zambia (EIZ), and to hold legal appointment as defined by the Mining regulations of Zambia.

Knowledge and Experience required for job           

  • A minimum of 7 years technical and operational leadership experience in large, complex metallurgical process operations within a multinational mining company;
  • Minimum of 5 years' supervisory experience;
  • Direct Copper concentrator experience very highly regarded;
  • Specific and in depth operational experience in base metal crushing/grinding and flotation circuits required.

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.


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