The Kinross Corporate Head Office is located in downtown Toronto and supports Kinross operations and projects worldwide. Corporate functions include Finance, Procurement, Health & Safety, Human Resources, IT and Investor Relations.
The Director, Metallurgy will provide leadership and specialized technical expertise to an area including, but not limited to: tax, law, IT, geology, resource modeling, metallurgy, permitting, environment, maintenance, mine planning, engineering, operations and / or global power. Leads the design and implementation of technical plans and projects, ensuring their alignment with short and medium term organizational strategies. Provides recommendations to senior management that address internal or external business and regulatory issues and implements recommendations that impact the direction of the business. Contributes to the maximization of operational efficiencies and profitability and makes recommendations on current and emerging practices and technologies that are a source of key competitive advantage.
Use advanced-level knowledge in managing mineral processing projects and operational support
- Directly manages metallurgical test work conducted in laboratories and testing facilities.
- Acts as an ambassador for continuous improvement within metallurgy; introduces new methodologies and tools to improve current practices.
- Interacts with Operations Strategy, Technical Services and exploration personnel to define characteristics of ore resources/ reserves and corporate initiatives for operations excellence.
- Foresees and removes barriers to project success and escalates major issues.
- Interacts with and/or supervises consultants and engineering groups engaged in development of specific Kinross processing projects at new or existing sites.
- Collaborates with cross functional teams and considers the business impact of decisions on diverse groups; influences others to achieve project goals often without direct authority.
- Participates in the study and execution of brown field and green field projects by leading the metallurgy field to the construction, commissioning, ramp-up and completion testing activities required of new or expansion projects.
- Provides key input to establishing and implementing best practices, policies and systems among our operations.
- Provides technical input and direction to site-based studies and operational improvements under mandate from regional directors.
- Collaborates with senior management and peers to identify and analyze risks and opportunities related to the function, and the implications to projects; identifies gaps and implements agreed upon solutions for an overall aligned strategy
- Participate in technical due diligence reviews and the compilation of surveys
- Acts as a specialist on queries and issues related to technical area of expertise
- Performs technical audits to support operations, exploration, and business development activities
To advise the management group on mineral processing and metallurgy
- Prepares business cases and reports regarding projects and initiatives and presents recommendations and status updates to key stakeholders
- Influences leaders and key stakeholders to buy into change efforts that will result in sustained competitive advantage
Assists in developing and implementing strategies and initiatives that support the organization’s 4PP. Proactively ensures Metallurgy and Mineral Processing initiatives fully consider health, safety and the impact on the environment and surrounding communities. Fosters a work environment where safety is a top priority. Assists in the development of policies and procedures relating to safety and the environment. Ensures that mine site technical staff and respective work areas are in compliance with Health and Safety policies and regulations. Ensures that mine site Processing staff have the necessary training, skills, knowledge, and tools to maintain Kinross’ high EHS performance and standards. Assists in accident and incident investigations and supports the implementation of new policies and procedures by agreed upon dates. Wears required safety equipment while at mine sites.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in Mineral Processing or Chemical Engineering
- Formal professional designation in appropriate area of expertise
- 15 – 20 years of related work experience
Additional Qualifications & Skill Requirements
- Experience leading projects of varying scope and complexity in the mining industry
- Ability to learn quickly
- Well-developed technical report writing and presentation skills
- Very strong communications skills
- Team player with a strong inclination towards developing co-operative solutions
- Ability to quickly identify key technical and business issues
- Must be self-directed and work well in a highly unstructured environment
- Proven knowledge of mine site operations and resource requirements
- Demonstrates advanced-level knowledge in metallurgy and testing procedures
Scope of Responsibility & Complexity
Work is advanced in its complexity and involves new methodologies, approaches, or products requiring the interpretation of information to make recommendations. Problem resolution involves a high degree of independent judgement to interpret policy in situations where considerable variation in interpretation is possible. Applies theoretical concepts or original approaches to complete projects or assignments. Work is assessed based on attainment of objectives and effectiveness of results. Ensures quality standards are upheld in their field of specialization. Directs the work of project teams and / or task forces.
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.