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Senior Shift Supervisor

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 Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Understand and execute accountabilities of legal appointment under Zambian Mining Regulations
  • Demonstrate high commitment to safety, and ensure strong compliance to Safety and Environmental Management systems by shift teams
  • Ensure Safety and Environmental incidents are immediately reported, immediately controlled and appropriately escalated to relevant Superintendents & Managers
  • Drive the site equipment, people and processes to maximize production
  • Monitor and control all plant parameters to exceed the main plant KPI’s of throughput, recovery and product quality
  • Coordinate real-time plant feed rate and ore quality with Mine Captain (or via dispatch). Understand and pre-empt ore attribute impacts on plant performance to optimize plant control responses
  • Ensure equipment is operated within defined operating strategies and procedures
  • Ensure high utilization of the plant ‘expert’ control system and other critical control loops
  • Maintain high utilization of critical in-line instrumentation & measurement (ie PSI & OSA) for real-time performance optimization
  • Set and maintain high standards of plant control (ie alarm management, operating by trends, PLC bypass management, downtime reason integrity etc)
  • Execute daily operating instructions issued by day leaders (operations, metallurgists, and maintenance) and escalate when they cannot be achieved
  • Ensure all appropriate performance deviations are promptly escalated by shift supervisors (operations and maintenance) to relevant Superintendents and Managers
  • Assist in oversight of major plant shutdowns, maintenance activities and start-ups
  • Direct the Shift Maintenance Supervisor(s) on maintenance priority
  • Coach shift personnel, particularly Shift Supervisors and Control Room Operators in the drive for operational excellence
  • Provide performance feedback to Superintendents on Supervisors, Control Room Operators and shift teams
  • Understand impacts of decisions (production, quality, cost & risk) to constantly deliver optimum business solutions
  • Always be contactable and be able to report detailed plant performance status
  • Maintain high level of field presence
  • Chair relevant meetings
  • Conduct detailed handovers
  • Provide detailed shift plant performance reports
  • Comply with the ‘FQM Way’ culture – “Smarter, Bolder & Driven”
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Plant Superintendent

Qualification and Experience:

  • A Tertiary Qualification in Process Engineering or Mineral Processing (or equivalent in related field). A Degree will be highly regarded
  • Current membership of the Engineering Institute of Zambia (EIZ), and hold legal appointment as defined by the Mining regulations of Zambia
  • A minimum of 5 years work experience in operational roles of flotation circuits.

Behavioral Traits:

  • Strong leadership and motivational skills
  • Superior sense of personal ownership, accountability and urgency
  • Strong ability to maintain high standards without direct supervision
  • Ability to efficiently coordinate and assign work to different operating disciplines to exceed targets

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.