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Assay Lab Supervisor

Job Field:
Engineering and Mineral Processing Jobs, Geosciences Jobs
Chemical Engineer Jobs, Metallurgist Jobs, Process Jobs, Laboratory Jobs
United States of America
Contract Type:
Full Time / Permanent
Salary Description:
on application
Kinross Gold
Job Ref:

Location: Elko, Nevada, USA

Job Summary

Under the general supervision of the process chief metallurgist, the incumbent is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the analytical laboratory while continuously aligning daily functions to reflect Kinross’ values.

Essential Functions

  • Ensures that assay operations are conducted in a safe and efficient manner by orientating and training new employees and ensuring that all laboratory equipment is maintained in good condition.  Assigns work to personnel and respond to questions on a daily basis.  Monitors work in progress and completed work, implementing changes where deemed necessary.  Reviews performance and make recommendations for daily and annual reviews, promotion, transfer, discipline or dismissal.
  • Performs and supervises the preparation of standardized solutions for calibration purposes, participating in daily production assays and analyzing assay results.  Report and follow up on discrepancies.
  • Reviews, adapts and develops analytical procedures in order to remain current with changing technology and industry practice.
  • Maintains records of analytical determinations performed and results obtained, in a professional manner. 
  • Requisitions materials, supplies, and equipment as required for routine and project activities.  Prepares capital expenditure requests for high value items.
  • Performs administrative duties such as time cards, reports, and crew scheduling including vacation leave. Develops and sets up of relevant analytical procedures and ensure standardization.
  • Develops internal and external quality assurance/quality control programs.
  • Helps develop other department personnel to perform duties listed above.
  • Compliance with all company policies and procedures including, but not limited to safety, environmental, confidentiality and code of conduct.
  • Meets or exceeds established performance expectations set by management.
  • Consistently exercises discretion and judgment in job performance.
  • Works without risk or harm to self and others.
  • Possessions of a valid driver’s license issued by state agency, or must be able to pass driver competency course and exam.
  • Punctuality and regular attendance required.
  • Performs other related functions as assigned by supervisor.
  • Develops and implements a statistical control process for tracking ongoing quality and pointing out troubled areas.

Qualifications & Skill Requirements

  • Possesses good communication and interpersonal skills.
  •  General understanding of mining operations, as well as limited understanding of heap leach and maintenance operations.
  • Working knowledge and skill with P.C. utilizing word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software.
  • Strong verbal, written, analytical and persuasive skills and the ability to interact effectively with all levels of employees and management.
  • Ability to work independently and also as a member of the management team.
  • Demonstrates strong administrative, organizational and technical writing skills
  • Degree in analytical chemistry, chemical engineering or assaying from recognized institute of technology, or sufficient experience to be able to pass an equivalency examination.
  • Ideally, this candidate should have at least 10 years’ experience in the mineral processing industry, in a minimum of 2 well-known operations.
  • At least 2 of those years should be in a supervisory capacity.
  • Must be 18 years old and presently authorized to work in the United States on a full time basis.
  • Requires valid driver’s license.

Health, Safety, and Environmental Requirements

  • Adheres to all safety and environmental considerations.
  • Have a strong commitment to safe working practices.
  • Wears Personal Protective Equipment at all times while in the production environment.
  • Is alert and observes, corrects, and reports unsafe conditions.
  • Follows operating procedures and complies with all regulatory requirements.

Kinross Leadership Practices

  • Creates an environment where nothing is more important than every employee returning home safe and healthy every day. 
  • Creates an environment in which people are unfailingly treated with respect.
  • Fosters the talent and potential of all employees by enabling them to grow, develop, and make a difference in the organization.
  • Demonstrates that leadership in the areas of environmental performance and community and stakeholder relations is fundamental to the way we plan and manage our business. 
  • Holds self and others accountable for the decisions, commitments, and behaviors required to deliver outstanding results.
  • Uses judgment to manage business complexities, prioritize and balance conflicting demands to make timely decisions that best advance Kinross strategy. 
  • Builds and brings teams and people together to achieve organizational goals.  Models humility by going beyond self-interest for the good of the group.
  • Understands the economic implications of decisions and consistently uses all resources effectively and efficiently to maximize shareholder value.
  • Relentlessly champions, develops and embeds best practices. 

Kinross Competencies

  • Strategic Effectiveness

    Developing and communicating rigorous and creative business strategies that drive sustainable value.

  • External Engagement

    Understanding and building relationships with external parties that strengthen and sustain competitive advantage.

  • Business Focus

    Applying commercial rigor and discipline to all business decisions and customer relationships.

  • Living the Kinross Values

    Aligning behavior, decisions, and actions with Kinross values and principles.

Job Segment: Chemical Research, Materials Science, Metallurgy, Manager, Engineering, Manufacturing, Science, Management

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