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Production Manager

Location : Northern Cape
Job Type : Permanent

Open Pit Mining

Job Type:  Contract

Mining Operations, Contract Mining, Open Pit

Job Code: 6422

Cowan South Africa is recruiting to fill the position of Production Manager for a well-known South African open pit mining contractor. The incumbent will support the achievement of the business strategy through the development of an integrated production management strategy and processes - ensuring coordination of operations of physical mining activities and utilization of resources to achieve production goals - whilst in compliance to applicable legislation.

• Ensure that the departmental strategy and objectives are aligned to overall strategy and objectives; and
• Advise management on best practice mining and operations strategies, standards and systems to ensure appropriate utilization and/or deployment of resources
• Manage execution of mining production processes in consultation with the client, and in accordance with the client requirements. Close liaison with the Pit Supervisor/s must be maintained;
• Prepare, update, and communicate the production levels and all related reports;
• Ensure production targets are met in a safe, environmentally sound and cost-effective manner;
• Coordinate all production personnel related activities and responsibilities and make adjustments where necessary in consultation with human resources to best suit production needs and goals;
• Liaise cross functionally within company, other production related Contractors and Client departments with regard to identified production risks, challenges, constraints, operational changes and/ or requirements;
• Analyze processes and resources performance against targets and goals;
• Assures all work entered into production follows the order entry standards and procedures;
• Update and maintain production schedule;
• Organize workflow according to workload to meet delivery schedule and to complete assigned jobs;
• Monitor quality, accuracy, and timeliness of all orders to ensure customer commitments are met through production of high quality material that meets customer delivery expectations;
• Identify, prevent and manage risks within production processes and activities; and conduct a root cause analysis in relation to production challenges/ constraints, and develop corrective measures.

• A South African National (Non-negotiable) and preferably from a historically disadvantaged community
• Currently (or recently) employed in a similar position.
• Persuasive and influential
• Resilient
• Ability to multi-task yet maintaining high attention to detail
• Deadline driven, with ability to work under pressure
• Team player

• National Diploma or Bachelor Degree in Mining Engineering or any related qualification will be advantageous – but not essential
• Must have an Open Cast Blasting Ticket
• Managerial qualification will be advantageous  
• 5+ years working experience as a Production Manager/Superintendent
• 5 – 10 years working in an open cast mining environment
• In depth knowledge of best practice mining engineering and production strategies, standards and systems
• Understanding of legislative/regulatory environment within which the company / industry operates
• Excellent technical (production) skills
• Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
• Good commercial awareness
• Excellent people management skills
• Excellent planning and organizing skills
• Good communication and interpersonal skills
• Candidates must have a valid driver’s license
• PC Proficient
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