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. This 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.
Developing long term mining plans and schedules to achieve consistency with the life of mine objectives, and taking ownership of mining schedules for the annual financial budgets and 5-year plans
Mine optimisations based on Whittle, involving liaison with geologists, mining engineers, metallurgists, financial staff, geotechnical engineers, and so on, to compile optimisation parameters. Be able to oversee the optimisation processes and sensitivity studies.
Final and staged mine designs of a standard able to directly set out crests, toes and ramps in the pit; interrogation of block models and grade control models
Scheduling on various time and geographical scales, from life of mine to monthly plans, from whole pits to cutbacks and benches
Scheduling various scenarios to test cost effectiveness and realism of mine plans to ensure an optimum ramp-up of production
Haul profiling and equipment studies; stockpile and waste dump designs.
Input into mine costings and assist the financial department in the calculation and presentation of financial data. Be responsible for mine planning statistical data.
Able to work alongside and assist the short-term planner with bench plans and Blastmasters
Provide training and development opportunities for all direct reports on an ongoing basis, with a particular focus on Zambian employees
Other duties as directed by the Supervisor
Diploma/Degree in Mining Engineering
A minimum of 7 years relevant experience in an open pit mining environment
Proven track record in mine engineering of hard-rock open-pits, and some exposure to an ore-blending strategy
A good understanding of a 3D-mine planning software – preferably Surpac
A good understanding of a mine scheduling package – MineScheduler
How to apply
Forward a detailed CV with relevant qualifications to the link below: