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Chief Rock Engineer

Job Field:
Geosciences Jobs
Geotechnical Engineer Jobs
Zambia All
Contract Type:
Full Time / Permanent
Salary Description:
First Quantum Minerals
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This position will be required to adhere to all relevant requirements, policies, procedures and legal regulations pertaining to health, safety, environment and quality, as well as finance, human resources, and any other regulations as required by Kansanshi Mining Plc. (KMP) and relevant to the level of the role and responsibilities of the function.

Safety and Environment
* Identify critical strata control-related safety issues and develop remediation measure to minimise the risk associated with these hazards.
* Provide and facilitate appropriate technical training to the Rock Engineering team.
* Maintain the currency of the KMP Rock Fall Code of Practice.
* Develop and execute geotechnical data collection programs to evaluate and optimise slope designs for the open pits, waste rock dumps and stockpiles.
* Facilitate the development of the Geotechnical Data database.
* Remain current with technical advances in geotechnical data collection practices, slope and support design methodologies, support unit technology and numerical modelling code improvements and applications.

Rock Engineering Design
* Evaluate the stability of the pit walls, waste rock dumps and stockpiles.
* Conduct pit slope optimization studies.

Geotechnical Monitoring and Audits
* Identify, evaluate and implement pit slope stability monitoring requirements.
* Evaluate and amend, if required, current geotechnical data collection and slope design evaluation methods.
* Conduct quarterly internal audits, and facilitate annual external audits, of the Rock Engineering section.

* Assist with the geotechnical input into scoping, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies (when requested by the Mine Manager).
* Provide technical assistance to FQMLs operations Rock Engineering sections, when requested.

Capacity Building
* Evaluate and identify the Rock Engineering service requirements of the operation, and in consultation with the Mine Manager, develop the Rock Engineering section to fulfil these requirements.
* Develop a succession plan for all levels within the Rock Engineering section; with the primary focus being to ensure that the section is comprised solely of competent Zambian nationals.

* Tertiary qualification preferably in the Mining/Geotechnical Engineering or Geology field.
* MSc or MEng in Mining Rock Mechanics.
* Registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng./Pr.Eng), Professional Geologist/Geoscientist (P.Geo) or similar professional registration (e.g. Pr. Sci. Nat.) through a professional entity

* Minimum 10 years experience in the mining rock mechanics discipline.
* Minimum 5 years surface mining rock engineering experience; either operational or a combination of operational and consulting.
* Previous experience in leading and managing multinational/ multicultural Rock Engineering teams.
* Good understanding of Rock Engineering numerical modelling codes.

Full Job Description is available upon request, or visit FQM Website.

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