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Chief Metallurgist

Job Field:
Mine Operations Jobs
Process Control Jobs
Panama All
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Salary Description:
First Quantum Minerals
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We are recruiting experienced people to join our world-class Copper, Gold and Molybdenum Cobre Panama operation. The operation is equipped to treat 75Mtpa of ore, which will involve a large-scale conventional open pit mining and processing plant.

We are searching for a Chief Metallurgist with extensive experience across all areas of Copper processing plant.

About the processing plant:

* Crushing: Technologies in this area include 4 x in-pit 63' Primary Gyratory Crushers, 4 x 2.5 MW Cone Secondary Cone Crushers and 4 x 1 MW Pebble Crushers.
* Milling: Technologies in this area include 3 x gearless 40' SAG mills operating in SABC mode with associated 26' Ball mills; installed milling power is 150MW.
* Gold: Technologies in this area include gravity concentrators, magnetic separators, shaking tables, calunation and smelting to produce gold - silver bullion.
* Concentrator (Copper & Molybdenum): Technologies is this area include large-scale conventional flotation plant (600m3 cells), column flotation (5m diameter), 3 x 5MW vertical stirred re-grinding mills, large conventional thickeners and pressure filters.
* Services: Technologies in this area include the Reagent Management area and multiple site services including the water balance.


* Ensure that Safety protocols and Operating Procedures are followed;
* Oversee and manage all personnel within the metallurgical department;
* Develop and maintain the metal accounting system;
* Evaluate process performance to identify and initiate development opportunities;
* Participate in the work activities of the Crushing, Milling, Flotation and Services area on a day-to-day basis, providing technical support to operations personnel to enhance plant performance.
* Monitor and report on plant and process performance indicators.
* Design and execute test-work to determine optimal operating conditions and scale-up to plant.
* Review plant design, scope necessary upgrades or expansions necessary to beneficiate the plant, determine pay-back and develop justification for expenditure.
* Oversee implementation of the plant upgrade projects.
* Oversee mine to mill geology - metallurgy program. Manage the interaction between the Processing an Mining Technical Services (geology etc) on ore quality, blending plans and performance;
* Define and develop the process control philosophies and functional specifications for plant control systems;
* Define and maintain (own) the plant "expert" control system;
* Own the process functionality of critical in-line instrumentation and measurements;
* Ensure strong integration of Technical section members into operating team environments.


* A Tertiary Qualification or National Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy & Mineral Processing;
* A minimum of 10 years' experience in Metallurgical process operations with specific emphasis on Base Metal Flotation within a multinational mining company;
* A minimum of 5 years' experience as a Chief Metallurgist leading a metallurgical team;
* Must have been exposed to Flotation plant design or metallurgical optimization.

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