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Superintendent, Primary Crushing and Conveying

Purpose of the Role

Lead and manage the mechanical maintenance team at the dry plant primary crushing and conveying area to ensure optimum plant availability and performance. Provide innovative engineering solutions and develop strategies for plant optimization.


* Develop and continually improve standard safe working procedures and actively participate in HSE initiatives
* Ensure employees work in compliance with H&S, quality and environmental standards and procedures
* Enforce housekeeping and environmental standards in all designated work areas
* Train and develop the local Panamanian workforce to global benchmark standards
* Assistance to hiring of key technical staff to train team to ensure a world class maintenance operation
* Ensure sufficient spare and wear part levels at optimum level for the maintenance budget
* To create and implement SOP's
* Develop long term preventative and predictive maintenance practices

* Work with managers and superintendents (Planning, Engineering & Plant) to ensure that dry plant equipment of a metallurgical process plant operates according to Standard Operating Procedures (and that all equipment is maintained according to supplier recommendation and industry best practices) within determined budgets and meet demand
* Ensure that all dry plant preventive and predictive maintenance plans are in accordance with the needs of the operation that activities are planned and scheduled via a computerized maintenance management system
* Provide input to shutdown planning in coordination with Planners so that plant availability is maximized and contractor resources is minimized. Systematically develop methods, materials, tools and parts so downtime is minimal
* Provide technical support for the mechanical maintenance personnel on a daily basis to maximize production and efficiencies and optimize costs
* Review plant design for debottlenecking and efficiency improvement

* Manage a team responsible dry plant mechanical maintenance activity
* Ensure that shifts are appropriately staffed. Participate in the interviewing, hiring, training and development in an effort to retain and develop the best talent for the organization
* Provide clear work objectives and expectations of the performance levels required to achieve business plans and production goals. Manage performance by setting expectations, conducting performance reviews, and providing feedback and coaching
* Act as deputy for senior colleauges as required

Qualifications & Experience:

* Mechanical Engineer Degree and/or
* Related Trade Certificate to Heavy Fixed Plant Equipment
* Worked in mining or heavy industry
* Minimum of 8-10 years' experience in a maintenance role; 5 years of which should be in Senior Supervisory capacity
* Knowledge of JDEdwards or other enterprise systems
* Strong user of maintenance management systems and MS Office
* Plant specific experience on gyratory primary and/or secondary crushers (Krupp, Metso)
* Worked in fixed plant front end of a large, hard rock mine
* Spanish language is an advantage

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