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Flotation Operator

First Quantum Minerals Ltd. has grown from a small mineral operation in Zambia into a multinational mining business in less than two decades, with a global portfolio of copper and nickel assets in Europe, Africa, Australia and South America. This phenomenal growth is down to FQM people who have strived to be Bolder, Smarter and Driven in everything they do.

In March 2013, First Quantum Minerals acquired Inmet Mining Corporation, a Canadian-based mining company primarily producing copper and zinc from mines in Finland, Spain and Turkey, with also a major copper deposit under development in Panama, known as Cobre Panama. The combination of the First Quantum and Inmet assets has created one of the world’s leading copper producers with a geographically diversified portfolio of high-quality operations and development projects in eight countries across five continents.

With a strategic plan to produce more than 1 million tonnes per annum of copper within five years, the Company is poised to become the largest, widely-held pure-play copper producer and one of the top five copper producers in the world.

Key Responsibilities

  • The role has process control accountability from the flotation feed surge tanks, all flotation cells and all pumping ancillaries.
  • Maintain safety of self, field operators and others in flotation area through strict compliance to HSE standards, procedures and instructions.
  • Contribute to a high standard of plant housekeeping through zero spills.
  • Continually push for increased safe production.
  • Execute real-time monitoring and control to deliver and exceed the KPI’s of flotation recovery, concentrate quality, Expert Control system utilization and critical control loops in desired modes in collaboration with the control room operator.
  • Compliance of available information to normal operating ranges and behavior, and troubleshoot, report, regulate and assist in resolution of any non-compliance.
  • Ensure that shutdown and start-up procedures in all areas of control are executed safely and promptly.
  • Operate the equipment according to the procedures given in the daily operating strategies and instructions.
  • Perform regular checks of all equipment operating trends to ensure optimal operating conditions;
  • Diagnose plant defects/hazards and ensure they are immediately escalated to the Flotation Shift Supervisor.
  • Demonstrate intelligent understanding and management of plant constraints and ensure accurate plant loss reporting.
  • Execute the daily operating instructions of the Flotation shift supervisor and the shift Metallurgist Flotation.
  • Ensure all log- and check-sheets, are completed in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Conduct timely, documented and accurate shift handovers – reporting performance KPI’s, tasks performed, equipment status and focus items.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Shift Supervisor Flotation

Qualifications and Experience

  • Grader 12 certificate, A tertiary qualification will be an added advantage
  • At least three years of work experience in a Concentrator plant, preferably in a copper production.

Key Behavioral Skills

  • Commitment to SHEC performance
  • Ability to work and manage problems /actions across the time frame of one shift
  • Possess ability to analyse and understand metallurgical and equipment of one shift
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Be diligent and thorough in approach
  • Ability to work to work in multi- cultural environment
  • Must have good communication skill
  • Computer literate.

How to Apply

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First Quantum Minerals Ltd
First Quantum Minerals Ltd
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Founded in 1996, this company's operating platform currently consists of seven mines and one copper smelter across six countries: Kansanshi mine in Zambia, Guelb Moghrein in Mauritania, Las Cruces in Spain, Pyhäsalmi in Finland, Ravensthorpe in Australia and Çayeli in Turkey. First Quantum Minerals is uniquely positioned with a successful exploration program, an industry-leading project development track record, tier-one operating assets, an attractive project pipeline and good investment opportunities.