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Chief Mining Engineer

Job Field:
Engineering and Mineral Processing Jobs
Design Jobs, Mine Planning/Scheduling Jobs, Mining Engineer Jobs
Metals, Mining, Open pit
Central America, Panama
Panama All
Contract Type:
Contract / Fixed Term
Salary Description:
on application
First Quantum Minerals
Job Ref:

Develop a safe and practical short to long term mine plan and manage the tactical execution of the plan and schedule, aiming for continuous improvement to the mine plan.
Main Responsibilities:
Implement and monitor long and short term mine planning and mine design.
Design of detailed schedules and layouts.
Assist the Mine Manager and other section heads in establishing an engineering budget
Maintain an ordered repository of data, mine plans, engineering drawings, and related documents.
Oversee the completion of economic evaluations and feasibility studies.
Provide consultancy and expert advice on mining and mineral extraction projects.
Establish production targets and monitor their achievement; assure that monthly progress plans are completed on time and are available.
Work alongside the Chief Mine Geologist to optimise grade control and minimise dilution through mine designs and mine plans.
Ensure designs and applications are consistent with regulatory and company policies and procedures.
Provide assistance and advice to the operating units ensuring maximum production, plan their activities, ensure they have correct and up-to-date plans and information, and accurately measure key mining specifications.
Ensure that a monthly digest of relevant KPIs, measures of progress and reports is available.
Evaluate new and innovative products, techniques and procedures.
Recognize options and advise on actions to adopt best practices for engineering.
Advise and assist on project management processes to lead mine improvement projects.
Qualifications and technical competencies:
A minimum of 5 years as a mining engineer working at a specialist level in a metalliferous open-pit
A Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline;
Excellent knowledge of a mining software package, preferably Surpac, although users of other packages such as Minesight, Vulcan and Datamine will be considered;Good verbal and written skills to facilitate information transfer both upwards and downwards in direction.
Knowledge of MS Office especially Word and Excel.
Able to work with minimal supervision and to take ownership of their area, being prepared to work unsocial hours as required.
Leadership capabilities and able to work with local teams, ability to train, teach and mentor national staff.
Bilingual abilities (Spanish and English) will be advantageous.
Able to work effectively in a multinational and multicultural environment
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 1.3 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.

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