First Quantum Minerals Ltd
First Quantum Minerals Ltd
Posted Job
over 1 year ago

Ore Control Geologist

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:

  • Demonstration of a “safety first” focus by acting as a role model to personnel, whilst continuously developing safe and effective work practices and procedures.
  • Conduct daily field ore delineation and control
  • Champion efforts to minimize unplanned dilution, ore loss, and misclassification
  • Assist the mine planning engineering team, via set escalation processes, in identifying and highlighting non-compliance to mine plans and/or planned feed grade deviations where feasible.
  • Communicate implications of major daily ore feed plan changes to key stakeholders i.e. process team
  • Assist the mining operations team with any clarification or information required to better understand the daily ore feed implications.
  • Undertake field assessments and ‘ground-truthing’ checks of key material characteristics at active mining faces to ensure model data is aligned.
  • On-shift leadership and supervision of the ore control support teams
  • Provide valuable and continuous feedback to the geology team highlighting opportunities, challenges, or risks that could impact ore control
  • Provide daily operational reports and other official communications where necessary and attend all shift handovers (start/finish).
  • Continuously develop in complimentary technical mine geology areas (production, ore control drilling etc.) where opportunity allows.
  • Perform any other related duties assigned by the supervisor.
  • Knowledge and Skill:
  • Solid understanding of general safety and quality principles.
  • Excellent team ethic and practical leadership potential
  • Excellent scientific and analytical potential
  • Well-developed verbal and written communication skills, including report writing.


  • Familiarity with Central African Copperbelt Geology and metallogeny
  • Operational experience in open pit deposits advantageous
  • Strong general IT skills.


  • Tertiary Qualification in Geoscience from a recognized Zambian University.
  • Full manual driving licence and driving experience considered highly advantageous.

Behavioral Traits:

  • Shows potential for leading and coaching a small support team towards technical excellence.
  • Ability to readily develop rapport and trust with key stakeholders.
  • Attention to detail and thorough methodical approach is essential.
  • Ability to prioritize based on understanding of business and team requirements.
  • Ability to take responsibility and manage tasks through to completion.
  • Proactive, honest, reliable, and passionate about driving continuous improvements and excellent standards.
  • Skilled at working under strict time constraints and under pressure.
  • Must be willing to work with and assimilate experience from colleagues from a variety of skills and national backgrounds.
  • Must be willing to do shift work as routine.

How to Apply

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First Quantum Minerals Ltd
Mining enterprises
Drilling and Exploration
Mining processing and refining
Mining engineering
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.

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