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Underground Operations Manager

Job Field:
Engineering and Mineral Processing Jobs, Mine Operations Jobs
Mine Operation Jobs, Mining Engineer Jobs, Mine Operations - Other Jobs, Plant Mobile Jobs
Africa, Ghana, West Africa
Ghana All
Contract Type:
Full Time / Permanent
Salary Description:
on application
Kinross Gold
Job Ref:

Location: Bibiani, Western Region, Ghana

Chirano is located in southwestern Ghana, approximately 100 kilometres southwest of Kumasi, Ghana's second largest city. The mine is within the Bibiani gold belt and consists of 11 deposits. Open pit and underground ore are processed at the Chirano plant. The capacity of the mill is approximately 3.5 million tonnes per annum. Processing involves crushing, ball mill grinding, leaching, and CIL.

Job Description

To lead the execution of the strategy for mine operations and to ensure alignment with the organization’s overall strategy.

Formulate short, intermediate and long term business plans for the mines to ensure continued growth of mine operations, maximizing operational efficiencies, safety, and profitability and to cultivate exceptional stakeholder and employee satisfaction.

Job Responsibilities

To oversee and manage the overall underground mining operations

Maintains overall control of the mine by managing and overseeing all mining activities

Achieves targets in safety, production, quality, environment and cost control

Ensures compliance with all statutory requirements and company procedures

Effectively manages the underground mine budget

Demonstrates commitment and leadership at the mine by enforcing site rules and regulations, and leading by example

Effectively communicates mine plans and schedules

Completes reports as required

To execute operational strategies for mine operations

 Executes strategies that support the growth of mine operations; ensures strategies are concretely linked to the organization’s overall strategy

Ensures the staff and employees understand the operational goals and there is alignment with the Company’s overall strategy

Manages the execution of strategies to enhance current mine operations practices and performance

Develops systems and measures that appropriately assesses performance in mine operations and reviews progress to ensure achievement of targets

Formulates the annual operating and capital budgets for mine operations, consistent with Kinross’ established financial guidelines and business planning process

Establishes and maintains budgetary goals and compliance

Achieves short-range and long-range mine plans with engineering and mobile maintenance support

Establishes production levels and mobile maintenance and repair priorities for equipment

Evaluates and selects equipment and supplies

Understands and implements local mining regulations

To lead and manage the team responsible for executing mine operations strategies

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

Sets performance targets and measures, monitors and manages overall performance of employees and/or contract workers at the mine

Assists in building the capabilities of the mining team to enhance the mine operation’s ability to achieve financial and operating strategies; leverages the talents of the operation, and takes corrective action where necessary

Ensures there is a comprehensive and effective succession management strategy in place for the operation; identifies succession role requirements and high potential talent and actively develops key talent

To develop and implement business practices and policies within mine operations

 Implements processes, policies, systems, and practices within mine operations that maximize operational efficiencies and competitive advantage

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

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

Monitors and reports on the achievement of targets and revises strategies as needed

Assists in the formation of company policy

Advises and cooperates with all other departments affected by changes in mine operations and assists in overall mine management through interaction with other departments

Establishes safety and training standards with assistance from the safety department

Evaluates operation policies and directives to ensure consistency with safe operating procedures

Education and Experience

University degree required (Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering preferred)

Additional specialized training or education in business, operations management, safety and risk assessment or continuous improvement

10 or more years of work related experience, with experience in remote locations on a rotational schedule preferred

Experience in multiple underground mining methods, use of explosives, ground support and backfill placement

Experience with underground mobile maintenance preferred

Experience managing diverse employees (language, cultural, religious, etc)

Knowledge of engineering techniques as they apply to ore body evaluation and mine operation

Knowledge of mining and integration of mining, milling and maintenance functions

Knowledge and experience of developing policies and procedures relating to safety, the environment and individual, and organizational development

Must be comfortable and have experience managing conflict in a mining setting

Must have the ability to lead teams in a mining related environment

Must be able to perform well under extensive pressure and deliver results on schedule

Must have the ability to effectively manage local indigenous workers when language, reading and writing skills inhibit communication

Ability to oversee contract administration and contractor management

Ability to work in a team based environment where inter-departmental cooperation is critical to developing and expanding the underground mining operations.

Must possess good communications and problem solving skills

Must be self-directed and self-driven


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.

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