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

Senior Supervisor, Mechanical

At First Quantum, we free the talent of our people by taking a very different approach which is underpinned by a very different, very definite culture – the “First Quantum Way”.

Working with us is not like working anywhere else, which is why we recruit people who will take a bolder, smarter approach to spot opportunities, solve problems and deliver results.

Our culture is all about encouraging you to think independently and to challenge convention to deliver the best result. That’s how we continue to achieve extraordinary things in extraordinary locations.

Job description:


To oversee mechanical maintenance/breakdowns of plant and machinery in the gas cleaning and acid plant section of the Smelter. This will include supervision of scaffolders, mechanical fitting works, plate and piping metal works, HDPE welding and FRP laminations:- Maximising efficiency and safe production within Kansanshi Mine Plc.

Key Responsibilities

  • Primarily to assist with the maintenance of the equipment in the Acid Plant and Gas cleaning plants at the Kansanshi Smelter.
  • 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.
  • Assist in the development of the organisational structure for the section, assisting in the recruitment and training of maintenance personnel, ensuring that organisational needs are met.
  • Participate in the development and review of targets for the mechanical department, helping to achieve the business objectives and manage the performance results of the resources allocated, to achieve the targets and plans in the area of his appointment.
  • Continuously review the ordering of mechanical spares and inventories held with the objective of eliminating the risk of operational downtime in case of equipment/component failure.
  • Continuously asses the mechanical asset inventory with the view of assisting in the development and continuous improvement of the implemented maintenance systems, to achieve or better the targeted availabilities for meeting the business objectives.
  • Conduct regular inventory assessments and maintenance plan reviews helping set operating and capital refurbishment budgets for the mechanical assets/equipment base of your section.
  • Manage the mechanical equipment under your control to achieve the designed performance capacity, where required schedule and execute refurbishment to restore equipment to the required operating integrity/efficiency. Proactive and practical management of the Planned maintenance program in Acid plant.
  • Manage the mechanical department resources under your control in effectively assisting the Mechanical Engineering Superintendent and the overall smelter team.
  • Assist in planning and execution of the resources under your control for all planned and unplanned smelter maintenance shutdowns.
  • Cost effectively manage all resources placed under your control to ensure strict adherence to sound management principles for the effective and efficient execution of maintenance activities to safely achieve maximum plant availability, at the lowest practically achievable cost.
  • Continuously monitor your resources for strict adherence to the relevant engineering standards and specifications and execute appropriate action/s for non-compliance.
  • Through effective leadership and mentorship cultivate, nurture and foster an “enabling” and “continuous improvement” culture.
  • Manage the continuous improvement of your department through operational excellence.
  • Manage the departmental costs to achieve the maximum business benefit.
  • Manage the human resources in a manner that will ensure that the business objectives are met with minimal labor turnover.
  • Ensure that good work ethics is sustained by effectively managing discipline with reference to absenteeism, lateness, overtime, misconduct, etc. within the department.
  • Meaningfully participate in the formulation of measurable annual service level agreements with the smelter production department for the engineering department.
  • Identify and help implement training and development opportunities for direct reports on an ongoing basis, with a particular focus on developing the local Zambian based employees.
  • Regularly review career performance, helping identify potential talent- implementing the actions agreed to with the subordinates, coaching and counseling people on an ongoing basis to ensure continuous growth.


  • Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (minimum qualification requirement or equivalent relevant experience)
  • Must be a full Member of EIZ


  • Previous appointment as a Maintenance Supervisor in a Copper Smelting plant with a minimum of 10 years’ relevant experience.
  • First-hand experience in the maintenance of Gas Cleaning/Acid plants with equipment including:
  • Acid Plants Strong Acid Cooling and Handling Gas Cleaning Process Heat Exchangers Wet Electrostatic Precipitator Peristaltic Slurry Pumps Acid/Effluent Pumps CS Piping Works ID fans Hydraulic Systems Pneumatic Systems Cooling Towers and Water Reticulation Systems

Behavioural Traits:

  • Teamwork
  • Bold Initiative
  • Thinking Safety
  • Upholding Quality
  • Technical Skills
  • Driving Quantity
  • Managing Attendance
  • Very good communicator with strong skills/knowledge ability

Operational Requirements:

  • Computer Literacy
  • Overtime and standby work when required
  • Fluent in English
  • Depth perception
  • Fitting experience
  • Scaffolding experience
  • Hydraulics and pneumatics experience
  • Proactive attitude towards the planned maintenance system

Method of Application

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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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