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Principal Mine Geologist

Job Field:
Geosciences Jobs
Geo Drilling Jobs, Geologist Jobs, Mine Geologist Jobs
Africa, Mauritania
Mauritania All
Contract Type:
Full Time / Permanent
Salary Description:
on application
Kinross Gold
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Location: Tasiast, Inchiri region, Mauritania

Based in Mauritania, Kinross Tasiast is set to become one of the great gold finds of our generation. It is the first mine in a highly prospective greenstone belt, located within an extensive gold system that is largely underexplored.

Job Description

To lead the execution of the strategy for the geology team; to ensure alignment with the organization’s long-term strategy and to ensure service and / or operation standards are met (internally and / or externally).  To design and develop processes, practices and methodologies for the geology team. To ensure continued growth of the team and to maximize operational efficiencies, safety and profitability. To assist in general mine geology activities with an emphasis on drill planning and execution. As a senior member of the geology team, you will act as a mentor and role model to less experienced geologists. You will also have extensive experience in resource geology specific to gold which will enable you to provide expert technical advice and recommendations to engineers for planning purposes.

Job Responsibilities

To oversee activities related to a system, program or process in geology operations:

Using advanced professional knowledge, acts as an advisor to a variety of internal and / or external requests such as developing and updating grade control models and mark-ups

Proposes new work approaches, methods and policies to optimize performance and to ensure adherence to industry regulations and organizational standards

Implements processes, policies, systems and practices within geology that contribute to effective geology operations

Keeps on top of trends related to geology and incorporates this information into work assignments and approach

Monitors costs related to geology and implements approved recommendations for maximizing operational efficiencies

Assigns tasks to less experiences employees and provides mentorship and guidance on complex or escalated issues

Actively seeks mentorship and learning to improve product or technical knowledge and skill set

Participates in task forces related to area of expertise

Creates and maintains drill hole / geological databases

Plans and maintains development drilling


To analyze information and prepare technical documents to support decision making:

Investigates, researches and analyzes information and issues related to geology

Prepares business cases regarding projects and initiatives and presents recommendations and status updates to key stakeholders

Prepares and updates reserve technical reports and documentation to ensure compliance with industry and operational requirements

Complies and interprets geologic and assay data that will assist in solving grade distribution questions (ore-waste, boundaries, dilution) and facilitates efficient mining

Collaborates with senior management to identify and analyze business requirements and the implications for the team; identifies gaps and implements agreed upon solutions

Reviews assay data to determine its validity, review QAQC and lab practices.

Acts as a change agent and project sponsor for key initiatives; models organizational values, sets the cultural tone, and prioritizes business goals


To communicate information related to geology:

Develops in-mine exploration and delineation drilling programs

Provides information on operating standard, compliance requirements and policies

Establishes and maintains a professional relationship with local academic staff, federal and state geologists, independent consultants

Provides support and expertise for Engineering and Metallurgical projects


To lead and manage a team responsible for executing geology strategy:

Identifies strategies and key performance goals and acts as an advisor to direct reports; works to overcome challenges and barriers and minimize risk

Identifies key performance measures for the team’ monitors and reports on the achievement of targets and revises strategies as needed

Sets performance targets and measures, monitors and manages the overall performance of the team and direct reports

Builds the capabilities of the team to enhance their ability to achieve financial and operating strategies; hires appropriately, leverages the talents of the team, and takes corrective action where necessary

Manages subcontractors, consultants and technicians

Education and Experience

BSc or BA degree in Geology is required and MS degree is preferred

Additional specialized training of up to 4 years

Formal professional or technical registration in appropriate area of expertise is preferred

Over 5  years of mining related experience

Strong understanding of mine geology, reconciliations and QAQC practices

Good working knowledge and skill with Gemcom Surpac or similar (as required), as well as various drillhole database programs

Kinross is a Canadian-based gold mining company with mines and projects in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Chile, Russia, Ghana and Mauritania, employing approximately 9,300 people worldwide. Our core purpose is to lead the world in generating value through responsible mining.

Job Segment: Materials Science, Metallurgy, Geology, Engineer, Manufacturing, Science, Engineering

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