Senior Shift Supervisor

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka

First Quantum Minerals

Senior Shift Supervisor

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Construction , Category: Science & Engineering ]

Jobs at:

First Quantum Minerals

Deadline of this Job:

Thursday, March 14 2024

Duty Station:

Within Zambia , Lusaka, South – Central Africa


Job description:

Overall Job Purpose

  • Reporting to the Superintendent Continuous Operations, accountable for the minute-to-minute optimisation (maximisation) of plant copper production over his shift;
  • The role is the single point of accountability for optimisation of plant performance 24/7 365 days per year with some direction from multi-discipline expertise;
  • Production delivered with compliance to defined safety and environmental procedures.

Specific Job Responsibilities

  • Understand and execute accountabilities of legal appointment under Zambian Mining Regulations;
  • Demonstrate high commitment to safety, and ensure strong compliance to Safety and Environmental Management systems by shift teams;
  • Ensure Safety and Environmental incidents are immediately reported, immediately controlled and appropriately escalated to relevant Superintendents & Managers;
  • Drive the site equipment, people and processes to maximise production;
  • Monitor and control all plant parameters to exceed the main plant KPI’s of throughput, recovery and product quality;
  • Coordinate real-time plant feed rate and ore quality with Mine Captain (or via dispatch). Understand and pre-empt ore attribute impacts on plant performance to optimise plant control responses;
  • Ensure equipment is operated within defined operating strategies and procedures;
  • Ensure high utilisation of the plant ‘expert’ control system and other critical control loops;
  • Maintain high utilisation of critical in-line instrumentation & measurement (ie PSI & OSA) for real-time performance optimisation;
  • Set and maintain high standards of plant control (ie alarm management, operating by trends, PLC bypass management, downtime reason integrity etc);
  • Execute daily operating instructions issued by day leaders (operations, metallurgists, and maintenance) and escalate when they cannot be achieved;
  • Ensure all appropriate performance deviations are promptly escalated by shift supervisors (operations and maintenance) to relevant Supts and Managers;
  • Assist in oversight of major plant shutdowns, maintenance activities and start-ups;
  • Direct the Shift Maintenance Supervisor(s) on maintenance priority;
  • Coach shift personnel, particularly Shift Supervisors and Control Room Operators in the drive for operational excellence;
  • Provide performance feedback to Superintendents on Supervisors, Control Room Operators and shift teams;
  • Understand impacts of decisions (production, quality, cost & risk) to constantly deliver optimum business solutions;
  • Always be contactable and be able to report detailed plant performance status;
  • Maintain high level of field presence;
  • Chair relevant meetings;
  • Conduct detailed handovers;
  • Provide detailed shift plant performance reports;
  • Comply with the ‘FQM Way’ culture – “Smarter, Bolder & Driven”;
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Superintendent Control Room.

Job Specific Competencies

  • Strong leadership and motivational skills;
  • Superior sense of personal ownership, accountability and urgency;
  • Strong ability to maintain high standards without direct supervision;
  • Ability to efficiently coordinate and assign work to different operating disciplines to exceed targets;
  • Ability to strongly influence people and teams without direct authority over them;
  • Excellent analytical skills for identifying process shortfalls and equipment bottlenecks / limitations, and implementing corrective actions;
  • Possess excellent cognitive skills to conduct detailed problem-solving on specific issues within the context of macro plant issues and performance, to prioritise and execute corrective actions to optimise business value;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to facilitate accurate transfer of plant performance information in both an upward and downward direction;
  • Ability to maintain self-discipline within a very stressful environment;
  • Be relentless, diligent and thorough in approach;
  • Be enthusiastic and pro-active in manner;
  • Computer fluency is a must;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment;
  • English language fluency.

Key Job Attributes

  • Commitment to SHE performance;
  • Strong drive to maximise safe production with good understanding of drivers within the milling circuits;
  • Personal sense of equipment ownership and accountability;
  • Ability to and passion for leading and supervising people;
  • Ability to task assign, follow up and manage;
  • Ability to build working relations and coordinate different operating disciplines;
  • Ability to work and manage problems/actions across the timeframe of one shift;
  • Possess ability to analyse and understand metallurgical & equipment information;
  • Good verbal and written communication skills;
  • Persistent, diligent and thorough in approach;
  • Be enthusiastic and pro-active in manner
  • Firm and fair in managing team members.

Experience required to perform in this job

  • A minimum of 5 years technical and operational leadership experience in large, complex metallurgical process operations within a multinational mining company;
  • Minimum of 3 years’ supervisory experience;
  • Direct Copper concentrator experience very highly regarded;
  • Specific and in depth operational experience in base metal crushing/grinding and flotation circuits required.

Qualifications required for the role

  • Degree in Metallurgy, Mineral Processing or Chemical Engineering (or equivalent in related field) is highly regarded;
  • Eligibility for membership of the Engineering Institute of Zambia (EIZ), and to hold legal appointment as defined by the Mining regulations of Zambia.

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 36

Level of Education: Bachelor Degree

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