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Metallurgist Flotation

Job Field:
Engineering and Mineral Processing Jobs
Metallurgist Jobs, Process Jobs
Africa, Zambia
Zambia All
Contract Type:
Full Time / Permanent
Salary Description:
First Quantum Minerals
Job Ref:

Key Responsibilities:


* Understand and execute accountabilities of legal appointment under Zambian Mining Regulations;
* The role has accountability for the optimisation of the Flotation metallurgical process;
* Ensure strong compliance to HSE standards within team;
* Define and implement the Flotation metallurgical process strategy;
* Consistently deliver and exceed the main KPI of recovery, concentrate quality (Cu, Insols & Carbon) and tails grade;
* Directly participate in the daily & weekly work activities of the processing plant, serving as technical support to operations personnel to enhance performance;
* Monitor, control and report on process performance indicators;
* Monitor in-plant sampling and timely delivery of samples to the Assay Lab;
* Coordinate field trials and metallurgical test-work to evaluate circuit performance and recommend ways of improving performance.
* Issue to and follow up on Daily Operating Instructions to the shift teams on key process parameters, tasks and considerations;
* Ensure the diagnosis of process performance is conducted, focusing on identifying root cause, and implementation of both corrective and preventative measures;
* Constantly seek out and implement innovative solutions, including testing of new reagents;
* Review plant design, scope and develop justification for capital upgrades;
* Active involvement in the commissioning of new projects;
* Define and develop the process control philosophies and functional specifications for the plant control systems, and work closely with the control engineers to implement, tune and maintain;
* Define and maintain the Flotation 'expert' control system;
* Own the process functionality and utilisation of critical OSA instrumentation & measurements;
* Interact with Mining & Geologists on feed ore quality;
* Ensure strong integration and alignment with Flotation operating teams;
* Supervise and control the activities, standard of performance of subordinate staff;
* Contribute to transference of technical skills to the national staff;
* Ensure cost management is part of on-going decision making;
Perform any other duties as assigned by the Superintendent Technical.


* A Tertiary Qualification in Chemical Engineering, Extractive Metallurgy or Mineral Processing or related field.
* Eligibility for membership of the Engineering Institute of Zambia (EIZ), and to hold relevant legal appointment as defined by the Mining Regulations of Zambia.

Skills & Experience:

A minimum of 5 years' experience in large, complex metallurgical process operations;

Direct experience in plant technical metallurgist / engineering roles with specific experience in base metal flotation;

Experience in process control systems and metallurgical optimization required.

Behavioral Traits:

* Commitment to SHEC performance.
* Good leadership and motivational skills, and get work done through others.
* Strong drive and personal sense of ownership and accountability.
* Strong ability to task assign, build working relations and coordinate different operating disciplines to create a "team" environment.
* Good cognitive and analytical skills for identifying process shortfalls, bottlenecks and implementing metallurgical testing.
* Affinity to supervise technical research, direct and train metallurgical engineers and technicians.
* Accustomed to carrying out advanced calculations and possess ability to analyses and understand highly complex and statistical metallurgical data.
* Strong understanding of complex metallurgical information, process improvement and control strategies.
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and able to assemble data and provide clear and accurate operational performance reports in both an upward and downward direction.
* Ability to maintain self- discipline within a stressful environment.
* Be diligent and thorough in approach.
* Be enthusiastic and pro-active in manner.
* Computer literacy is a must.
* Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
* English language fluency.

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