The Operations Commercial Manager role has been created to support the Operations Director (OD) to provide financial leadership to the Operations leadership team. This will be achieved by implementing sound financial and business analysis, controls and governance processes in the coordination of the annual business planning process, measurement and reporting of the departments’ financial and operational performance.
This role is an exciting opportunity to make an immediate bottom-line impact in a growing and expanding business. The incumbent must support the growth of the existing business, and be willing to embrace change and help capitalise on opportunities that the future holds.
This role is FIFO 15 days on / 6 days off or variant thereof from Las Palmas in the Canary Islands.
Leading a team of financial / budget analysts within the departments, this role will lead the development / management of the operational reporting systems, budget and contract management, and value adding initiatives to Operations.
Ensure lean cost structure, maximum efficiency levels, and ability to identify and reduce waste in all respects to strengthen Operations.
Establish, in close partnership with the OD, metrics to manage key elements of Operations performance required to meet financial expectations.
Support the OD with monitoring the financial position of the company’s Operations, including monitoring budgets and ensuring compliance with financial controls.
Establish and monitor weekly / monthly/quarterly performance reporting systems (i.e. track performance against goals, ensure the Operations HoDs provide quality regular reports and provide regular updates to the OD.
Facilitate cross-departmental / site collaboration and strengthen internal communications; create and promote a positive and engaged work environment that supports the company’s strategy and operations.
Provide leadership and direction to drive a cost focused culture and build capability within Operations.
Ensure the transfer of technology from expatriate to national employees and the promotion and support of national employee training and development.
Provide dynamic financial leadership, to support the implementation of the strategic plan within Operations, while tracking and ensuring aligned with and supports the company’s overall goals.
Develop and maintain a strong and transparent working relationship with the Operations leadership team and ensure open communication and robust forecasting and reporting on performance against the business plan, priorities and goals for Operations.
Develop and manage reporting systems to facilitate the effective management of the Operations function and identify improvement opportunities.
Facilitate the development of the Operations departments’ monthly forecasts, annual budgets and ‘life of mine’ Business Plans.
Produce weekly and monthly reports on financial and operational status of each Operations department; to enable the Operations leadership team to address operational issues or make financial decisions / adjust forecasts and operational results for the business.
Evaluate and recommend AFE’s and develop alternatives to finance approved projects.
Co-ordinate and oversee the preparation of the Operations departments monthly narratives for the VP and General Manager monthly cost reviews.
Prepare ad-hoc reporting and analysis for Corporate, Site Management or Finance
Prepare presentations for VIP visits, interfacing with the OD.
Assist the Operations departments with the tendering process and awarding contract by reviewing commercial terms & conditions, assisting with commercial negotiations, undertaking financial modelling / cost estimates and identifying any commercial risks.
Assist Operations HoDs and contract owners to ensure effective commercial management of contractors and coach on best practices for managing contract performance / issues.
Work with Supply Chain Management and Operations HoDs to continuously improve contract management and review systems.
Review subcontract cost reports that reflects actual subcontract cost versus claimed to enable the Operations Commercial Manager to readily identify any price variation claims.
Strategic planning and advice
Advise the OD on matters of significance, including any industry trends and such developments as may influence the financial performance / success of Operations.
Education and Experience
Knowledge and experience
A demonstrable track record of success in commercial & financial management in a high performing mining operation or a similar complex environment.
Financial and business planning skills
Financially savvy with the ability to set clear priorities and delegate; strong analytic, problem solving skills which support and enable sound decision making.
Capacity to lead operational performance analysis and contribute to strategy development.
Experience in reviewing and improving policies, systems and approaches to improve performance effectiveness and operational efficiency.
Understanding of financial statements and excellent working knowledge of procurement and supply chain processes.
Working knowledge of budgeting, forecasting and strategic planning.
Strategic thinking and breadth
Proven success in operating in a complex environment with a broad range of stakeholder interests and priorities.
Proven track record of achieving business goals / profitable mining operations through effective cost management.
Ability to balance breadth of experience and knowledge with an ability to manage strategically, while understanding the details of the day-to-day execution to ensure what needs to happen does happen.
Interpersonal, communication and influencing skills
Highly developed and demonstrated interpersonal, negotiation and communication skills.
Strong negotiation skills to influence key stakeholders, and reconcile – at times – competing interests of stakeholders.
Natural, confident and authentic – ability to perform with a high degree of professionalism, integrity and business ethics
Well-structured, change oriented and results focused
High energy, drive and resilience
Good listener, reflective and self-aware
Innately inclusive, ability to generate respect and creates a trusting work environment
Values the experiences of a diverse culture
Qualifications / professional requirements
At least 15 years of experience, with 5 in a senior position.
Bachelor's degree in Business Finance or equivalent experience