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Technical Services Manager (Open Pit / Mining / Mine Engineering / Mine Planning / Gold) – Mali, West Africa

Job Reference

431 1510 MHU

Region

Western Africa

Reference Number: 431 1510 MHU
 
Job Description:
Our client is a leading gold mining company with assets across West Africa. The Technical Services Manager will lead a multidisciplinary team to improve effectiveness and efficiency of the mining processes to ensure long-term viability and profitability of the mine. This role reports directly into the Mining Manager.
 
Responsibilities:
  • Analyses the life-of-mine plan derived from ore reserves as well as plans, directs and controls the activities required to produce the short, medium and long-term required production targets to achieve optimal efficiencies;
  • Plans and controls mining operations to achieve production targets;
  • Compiles the mining budget annually, inclusive of the mining schedule, cost model and Capex;
  • Investigates and recommends final pit design parameters and surface layouts;
  • Assesses and recommends the most practical, cost effective and/or most profitable mining option to senior management;
  • Decides on alternative mining areas to overcome problems encountered in executing the monthly mining plan and directs subsequent activities to achieve the official annual mining plan;
  • Liaises with mine operations to integrate mine plans with operations activities;
  • Approves the blasting designs parameters e.g. burden, spacing, powder factor and stemming height to ensure optimum fragmentation of the ground and limit pit wall damage;
  • Approves the blast designs to ensure minimum damage to the final pit walls/ hanging walls and pillars;
  • Ensures that the ore body model is up to date, that GC drilling and assay is optimized;
  • Ensures that and liaises with the mining personnel to optimize the mineralized zones and minimize dilution;
  • Maximizes the departments use of the WENCO dispatch system to ensure optimum equipment efficiency and accurate reporting;
  • Ensures that engineering and geology perform mine-mill reconciliation;
  • Liaises with corporate resources and mining departments;
  • Ensures that subordinates are suitably developed and trained to achieve individual development plans by appraising progress, implementing corrective measures and by providing coaching;
  • Comprehends and makes known the section’s goals to subordinates and explains the purpose of operational instructions, policies, procedures and regulations to subordinates;
  • Leads the team, according to accepted leadership principles, by ensuring that all members are aware and aligned to the Company’s vision and mission;
  • Conducts quarterly reviews on subordinates' work performance providing feedback for improvements;
  • Establishes and maintains sound working relationships with colleagues to resolve problems;
  • Promotes effective working relationships with all employees at different levels within the organization;
  • Ensures that a safe and healthy working environment is provided for all employees;
  • Ensures that the section has a formal localization process in place and that the site mentoring/understudy program is fully implemented; and
  • Perform other duties as required in support of Company objectives
 
Requirements: Qualification and Skill
  • Mining Engineer Degree or Geology Degree/Diploma, or related
  • Minimum of 8 years mining experience as an expat
  • Must have at least 5 – 10 years management experience
  • Must specialize in open pit mining (crucial)
  • Proficiency in French highly beneficial
  • Strong application of professional mining theory, principles & practices
  • Experience in mine design, planning and scheduling
  • Experience with surveying, ventilation, drill and blast, geotechnical and backfill at an operations level
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Strong analytical ability
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of mining & labour legislation
  • Experience with budget preparation and administration; and
  • Valid driver's license
 
Benefits and Contractual information:
  • USD salary package
  • Expat position
  • FIFO with a roster of 8/4
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