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First Quantum Minerals

South Africa

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Chief Geologist


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Purpose of the role: 
Reporting to the Mine Manager, the Chief Geologist will be responsible for the leadership, management and technical excellence of the Mine Geology and near mine Mineral Resource development.

Job Requirements:

Responsibilities include:

  • Demonstration of a "safety first" focus by acting as a role model to staff.
  • Management and leadership of staff, their work, time and efficiencies.
  • Oversight and continuous improvement of ore control, production and reconciliation functions.
  • Preparation and management of relevant operating, contractual (drilling, sample analysis) and capital budgets.
  • Management and control of the quality and standard of consistent and secure database data.
  • Comprehensive input into strategic and short term mine planning with alignment to relevant geology and Mineral Resource optimizations.
  • Develop, implement and monitor processes for quantifying mineralisation properties, including deleterious elements, mineralogical associations and their distribution in order to support more efficient metal recovery.
  • Supervision of near mine Mineral Resource development, including all drilling programs, geological mapping, geochemical and geophysical surveys, where required.
  • Geology modelling, grade estimation and coordination of associated activities of key inputs into annual resource estimates for sign-off and public disclosure in accordance with the CIM Standards on Mineral Resources and Reserves – definitions and guidelines as well as the Rules and Policies of the National Instrument NI43-101.
  • Undertake month end reporting on block model reconciliation, stockpile balances and ore.
  • Train, mentor and develop technical staff.

The appointee will have:

  • Minimum 10 years appropriate experience including at least 5 years in a senior production role.
  • A recognized geoscience tertiary qualification.
  • Membership of a Recognized Overseas Professional Organisation (ROPO).
  • Well-entrenched safety and quality principles.
  • Proven technical and managerial abilities relevant to mine production including:
  • Practical experience in field ore control management and pit mapping.
  • Interacting with staff and contractors to ensure production goals are achieved.
  • Formulating operating plans and associated budgets.
  • A high level of scientific and analytical ability.
  • Proven high levels of integrity and a reputation for the same.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with resource modeling, QAQC protocols, database management and relevant production software (Datamine, Datashed, Snowden supervisor, SURPAC or other mining software).
  • The candidate will be self-motivated, ambitious and resilient with a history of successful team leadership and goal achievement.

In addition to these requirements, the following would be well regarded:

  • Experience in mine reconciliation
  • Operational experience in medium to high grade structurally controlled copper gold deposits
  • Some background in structurally controlled copper gold exploration