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Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

United States

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Superintendent Process Automation - Morenci, AZ


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Morenci, AZ, United States 

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Operations and Maintenance

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Freeport-McMoRan is a premier U.S.-based natural resources company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. We operate large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold and molybdenum. The company has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry. Freeport-McMoRan is the world’s largest publicly traded copper producer, the world’s largest producer of molybdenum and a significant gold producer. We have a long and successful history of conducting our business in a safe, highly efficient and socially-responsible manner.

We have the assets, the talent, the drive and the financial strength to provide attractive and rewarding careers for our employees. We encourage you to take some time to explore your career opportunities at Freeport-McMoRan.

Under limited supervision, plan, organize, manage and evaluate assigned operations, including but not limited to, daily production, product quality, environmental management, safety, or maintenance.  Supervise through Senior Process Controllers.

  • Establish tactical and strategic goals, objectives, policies and procedures in assigned area within the business
  • Direct Supervisors and other staff in daily operations
  • Inspect daily operations and projects in progress and upon completion to ensure quality of work
  • Provide administrative and technical direction to staff; interpret policies and procedures established by regulatory agencies
  • Oversee and recommend the selection of key staff; participate in the selection of staff
  • Work with employees to correct deficiencies
    • Implement disciplinary procedures and recommend terminations
    • Investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary
  • Forecast necessary fund for staffing, materials and supplies, and capital improvement projects
  • Submit budget recommendations and justifications; monitor and control expenditures
  • Develop, plan and coordinate the work plan for assigned projects and responsibilities, which may include project management, cost estimates and program development
  • Coordinate work with other units and site departments
  • Provide information and resources to site officials and other departments
  • Review Capital Improvement Plans and make recommendations
  • Evaluate infrastructure, facilities and operating systems for needed maintenance and repair.
  • Oversee and supervise:
    • Designs for PLC, DCS, HMI, and SOW  specifications for Process Automation systems
    • System documentation
    • Process optimization and Advanced Control Systems
  • Oversee and coordinate with MIS on PCN and other joint responsibilities
  • Responsible for long term planning for up to one year
  • Review and approve:
    • Drawings for new projects
    • Control narratives
    • Commissioning plans
    • Construction sites
    • 10 year to life of mine plan for Process Automation
  • Coordinate the activities of consulates and contractors
  • Perform other duties as required

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED and seven (7) years related operational experience, including supervisory or management experience, OR
  • Bachelor’s degree and three (3) years related operational experience, including supervisory or management experience
  • Seven (7) years working with PLC/DCSs including HMIs, loop tuning, alarm management and historians in an operating plant.
  • Two (2) years working with APC/Expert systems
  • Two (2) years working with advanced sensors
  • Ability to develop/implement/maintain the department’s safety program, and alarm management program that protects all personnel and equipment
  • Ability to develop and maintain awareness of occupational hazards and safety precautions
  • Skill in following safety practices and recognizing hazards
  • At least one project where candidate was responsible for coordinating the activities of one or more outside contractors
  • Proficiency with at least two PCS manufactures
  • Strong analytical/troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to read and modify electrical schematics, P&IDs and PFDs
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, direct and manage a diverse number of operational areas, projects and activities
  • Strong English skills, both oral and written
  • Strong managerial and supervisory skills