First Quantum Minerals Ltd
First Quantum Minerals Ltd
Posted Job
11 months ago

Senior Metallurgist- Gold Plant

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 holder of the 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 the company and relevant to the level of the role and responsibilities of the function.
  • Safe operation of existing mill processes and ensuring good practice is maintained;
  • Active contribution to overall growth of the KMP primary safety, production and cost objectives.
  • Meet or exceed quarterly and annual production targets whilst achieving core KPIs;
  • Ensure smooth operation of the plant and optimum plant availability.
  • Assist Superintendent in preparation of Production plan.
  • Monitor plant performance on daily basis as well as for long term forecast
  • Identification and de-bottlenecking of plant problems to assist operations.
  • Assist the Superintendent in planning & preparation for shutdown jobs.
  • Preparation of Production & Review reports
  • Review and update SOP.
  • Safety, Health, Environment & Quality Management aspects concerning gold operations.
  • Assist Superintendent in Budget preparation.
  • Assist Superintendent in Material procurement planning.
  • Manpower planning & training (both permanent & contract) for the section.
  • Identifying the training needs and co-ordination with Training Department for arrangement of the same.


  • Degree or diploma in metallurgy or relevant discipline or qualification acceptable to become a member of the Engineering Institute of Zambia as per Act No.27 of 1992.
  • Post graduate qualification an added advantage.
  • Computer literate with good MS excel, word, and power point skills.


  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in base metal concentrator and gold processing.
  • Must have managed, organized or supervised high performance teams
  • A track record of continuous improvement;
  • Must be able to understand in detail the technical complexities of the KMP gold circuit.

Behavioural Traits


  • Relishes leading; takes unpopular stands if necessary; encourages direct and tough debate but isn’t afraid to end it and move on; is looked to for direction in a crisis; faces adversity head on; energized by tough challenges. Relates well to all kinds of people – up and down, and sideways, inside and outside the organisation; builds appropriate rapport, builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can defuse high tension situations comfortably.


  • Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can respond well to a changing business environment; can multitask yet priorities to complete the task at hand; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty; is entrepreneurial, motivated to achieve superior results aligning interest of stakeholders.


  • Action oriented and high performance. Full of energy, relishing challenge; acting with appropriate planning; seizing opportunities and working with others. Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently a top performer; adding value through operations, functions, exploration and projects steadfastly pushes self and others for results
  • Operational Requirements:
  • Valid driving license
  • Willing to work back shift
  • Willing to relocate
  • Willing to take additional responsibilities
  • Valid Silicosis Certificate

How to Apply

Submit your CV and application on company website:

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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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