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Chief Mining Engineer - Sabodala Mine Site

Summary of Role

This is a 2-year expatriate, fly-in fly-out role: 8 weeks on / 4 weeks off roster with travel in company time to our Sabodala mine site in Senegal.


Key Responsibilities

This position reports to the Mine Manager & is responsible for the planning, scheduling and tracking of all mining activities. It is one of the key drivers for the success of the operation and as such is responsible for:

·         Preparation and distribution of budgets, forecasts and plans and schedules.

·         Collection of relevant data; interpretation and analysis of the data; and management of data quality.

·         Contribution to the delivery of business outcomes by ensuring the timely distribution of accurate information to enable management decision making.



  • Development and maintenance of accurate and timely data capture, reporting and activity-based procedures.
  • Communication of all plans, schedules and relevant information to affected parties.
  • Critical review of current practices and systems with a continuous improvement mindset.



  • Ensure the production of accurate and timely information for the site customers in compliance with instructions/procedures for assigned tasks.
  • Provide scenario analyses and input into current and future mining activities.
  • Provision of training and support to ensure Senegalese employees improve their skills accordingly.


Mine Planning and Scheduling

  • Accountable for all aspects of mine design including liaising with the Technical Services group in Toronto.
  • Development of scenarios and cost/benefit analyses for improving mining efficiencies.
  • Responsible for short and medium term mine planning and scheduling on site using software such as Vulcan, MineSched and spreadsheets.
  • Ensuring achievable schedules are produced for production, budgeting and forecasting purposes; this includes short (weekly and three-month rolling plan); medium (yearly and forecast); and LOM planning and scheduling.
  • Optimal haulage profiles and associated pit and dump designs.
  • Liaising and engaging with external contractors for auditing purposes (eg safety and geotechnical).


Drill & Blast

  • Responsible for drill and blast designs and associated evaluation and feedback systems, with the aim to balance the competing needs of:
    • Safe & efficient blasting including improvement of geotechnical conditions.
    • Fragmentation.
    • Powder Factor.
    • Heave and movement of material (i.e. minimising ore dilution).
  • Work with production personnel, D&B team, explosives contractor and geologists to ensure the above is achieved.


  • Supervision and development of the Survey team.
  • Organise the team for maximum performance.
  • Provision of tools and equipment and an environment to ensure the success of the Operation within Survey’s sphere of influence.



  • Responsible to ensure production and cost data across all the mining activities is captured and reported in a timely manner; this includes daily, weekly, monthly and yearly reporting.
  • Ensure all data is checked and validated to ensure its integrity.
  • Responsible for presentation of data for the weekly, monthly and yearly reports.
  • Responsible for preparing data for generation of budgets.
  • Ensure quarterly production schedules and forecasts are produced on a rolling monthly basis to meet production budget.
  • Preparation and/or review of all mining reports. 


Required Skills & Experience

·         Mining Engineering degree from a recognized University.

·         Minimum of 15 years’ experience in a hard rock open pit Gold mining environment with 5 years’ as a Chief Mining Engineer or equivalent position.

·         Must have previous expat experience working in remote mine operations, preferably West Africa.

·         Demonstrated technical expertise in mine planning and knowledge of open pit mining operations

·         High level of computer skills and knowledge of MS Office Suite, CAD software, Scheduling software, preferably Vulcan and/or Surpac.

·         Strong communication skills in English, (French is an asset) to effectively interact with national employees

·         Excellent leadership and management skills with proven ability to motivate and empower team.

·         Must possess strong cultural sensitivity and be able to execute work successfully in a different culture

·         Excellent analytical, organizational, communication and problem-solving skills.

·         Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work with a sense of urgency

·         Ability to manage and develop staff 

About Teranga

Teranga is a multi-jurisdictional West African gold company focused on production and development as well as the exploration of approximately 5,500 km2 of land located on prospective gold belts. Since its initial public offering in 2010, Teranga has produced more than 2 million ounces of gold at its Sabodala operation in Senegal. Focused on diversification and growth towards its vision of becoming a mid-tier producer, the Company recently announced commercial production at its second gold mine, Wahgnion, which is located in Burkina Faso, and is carrying out exploration programs in three West African countries: Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal. Teranga applies a rigorous capital allocation framework for its investment decisions.

Steadfast in its commitment to set the benchmark for responsible mining, Teranga operates in accordance with international standards and aims to act as a catalyst for sustainable economic, environmental, and community development as it strives to create value for all of its stakeholders. Teranga is a participant of the United Nations Global Compact and a leading member of the multi-stakeholder group responsible for the submission of the first Senegalese Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative revenue report.

Our Promise to You

Teranga Gold offers a competitive remuneration package, including excellent medical and dental benefits and insurance for employees and their dependents. Teranga Gold also provides excellent on-site accommodations and amenities including meals and laundry services, single accommodation quads with en-suite facilities, tennis courts, a fitness centre, a grass soccer pitch, basketball courts, internet access

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