This position is responsible for providing metallurgical support to operational teams to achieve optimal throughput, grade, and recovery.
The Technical Superintendent will manage metallurgical projects from initiation through to initial cost benefit and calculations. As well as to assist in the development, implementation and monitoring adherence to appropriate new procedures, processes, and technologies to ensure the safe and efficient operation of assets.
Key Performance Areas:
- Manage Safety, Health, and Environmental for the technical department, particularly on chemical and consumable waste.
- Assist in the development, implementation, and monitoring adherence to appropriate new procedures, processes, and technologies to ensure the safe and efficient operation of assets.
- Assist in the preparation and ongoing management of departmental budgets and forecasts.
- Ensure metallurgical efficiency and productivity to meet budget commitments – both quality & and quantity.
- Monitor through appropriately developed reporting systems plant performance and plan and recommend future plant and equipment requirements and cost improvement strategies.
- Develop, plan, implement, and oversee strategies for continuous improvement in the plant’s metallurgical performance.
- Set, monitor, and report on all metallurgical parameters and control strategies in the process plant.
- Work closely with the laboratory functions to ensure the best available sampling and assay techniques are used.
- Manage sampling of the copper concentrate to obtain a representative sample for analysis within the threshold limit with the correct technique and understand the various theories of sampling aspect and statical assessment.
- Manage, and plan survey of stockpile and concentrate barn in the plant and port to ensure accuracy of production reporting and production correction.
- Manage the Process Engineers / Metallurgy team daily and provide direction as required.
- Lead and motivate staff and plan their training to improve their performance and develop their skills.
- Provide technical input for the development and updating of all process training manuals.
- Understand and proficiency of step by step in metallurgical accounting from mine to mill including the copper sales by using the Datamine application.
- Manage and integrate process plant Information data system with OSI Soft Aveva.
- Manage, calibrate, and monitor the performance of multiple On-Stream Analysers (OSA) and ensure that the elemental bias is within the CRM land threshold limit.
- Grinding Optimization using OMC grinding and simulation modelling and other application tools such as JK SimMet and Metsim to optimize the throughput.
- Manage and develop the Automation Process Control scheme for crushing, milling, and flotation.
- Manage, plan, and understand know-how to conduct Mill inspection, and 3D scanning profile recommend for a replacement.
- Manage mineralogical analysis (XRD, QEMSCAN) to provide liberation profile and propose operation parameters to optimize the copper recovery.
- Develop a plan for specific laboratory flotation test work to understand the behaviour and characteristics of the ore.
- Develop, study, and plan for various reagent trials monitor implementation accordingly, and provide cost benefit.
- Manage metallurgical plant projects from project initiation, through to initial cost-benefit and calculations.
- Asses the quality report of the Tailing Storage Facilities to follow ANCOLD and another International standard on TSF operation and assist the Responsible Tailing Facility Engineer (RTFE/ Process Manager) and Engineer of Record (EoR) to recognize anomalies and develop a mitigation plan when required.
- Ability to work under time constraints and deadlines.
- Strong in advanced process mineralogy and metallurgical technical skills and exposure to various ore beneficiation processing plants.
- Excellent problem-solving and decision-making abilities
- Strong verbal and written communication skills,
- Organisational and interpersonal skills
- Proven leadership skills
- Experience in managing and developing people.
Qualification & Experience:
- Degree in Metallurgy or Chemical Engineering and similar field of expertise, or equivalent experience.
- Eligible for or is registered with the Engineers Registration Board
- Minimum of 15 years’ technical experience in a similar industry
- In-depth practical knowledge of methods and procedures related to Copper recovery plants and procedures.