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Research & Development Manager (Mining / Mining Chemicals / Mineralogy / R&D) – Free State, South Africa

Job Reference

430 0910 MHU

Region

Southern Africa

Reference Number: 430 0910 MHU
 
Job Description:
Our client is a leading mining services company and require a Research & Development Manager to manage the R&D project activities, R&D staff and facilities and manage the SHE and Quality systems. This role reports directly into the Executive Research & Development.
 
Responsibilities:
  • Required to manage the research activities for the different product disciplines, using a stage gate approach, from conception through lab scale, pilot plant studies and production implementation.
  • Reporting of project progress on a quarterly basis to senior management by means of technical reports and presentations.
  • Assisting with the preparation of board papers for the technical division as well as presenting technical information to the board when required.
  • Management of R&D laboratory facilities in terms of budgets, Capex applications, housekeeping, maintenance and daily operations.
  • Management of R&D staff in terms of performance management, leave, training and day to day issues.
  • Management of the SHE and Quality systems which involves risk management for the lab and the specific projects, chairing the safety committee meeting for the R&D and application labs as well as sitting on the central site safety committee, safety talks, safety and quality audits, standard procedures, instrument calibration and equipment maintenance.
  • Responsible for the generation of new ideas and the associated projects that will address both current and projected requirements of the mining industry
 
Requirements: Qualification and Skill
  • Matric / Grade 12.
  • MSc or PhD in a relevant scientific field.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a research environment.
  • Minimum 2 - 4 years’ experience in a management role.
  • Exposure to mining environment, knowledge of flotation, water treatment, solid liquid separation and biotechnology.
  • Background in mining chemicals such as flocculants, depressants, collectors and frothers.
  • Background in polymer, organic and analytical chemistry.
  • Background in biotechnology and fermentation.
  • Background in mineralogical analysis and interpretation
 
Benefits and Contractual information:
  • Permanent role
  • Urgent role
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