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Utilities Manager

Location : Afrique / Africa
Job Type : Permanent

Mining & Metals Sector


Job Code: 6409

Cowan International is in search of a dynamic Utilities Manager that will provide Energy & Product as well as Manage the Port for one of the most challenging Fixed Plant Operations in the Mining & Metals Sector.

Reporting to the site No.1 Fixed Plant Director, the Utilities Manager will ultimately be in charge of all Generation, Storage and Distribution of Energy & Product as well as Port Management with respect to servicing internal customers that are mainly in the Process Plant.
Oversee all Operations and Technical aspects of the Utilities Department
Manage a substantial number of Personnel (200-300) and Budget (>US 30M)
Import Raw Materials (coal, sulfur, limestone, etc.)
Produce your own Reagents, “product” (gases via air separation, slaked lime, water treatment, acid plant, etc.)
Store your Reagents (acids, reducing agents, organic solvents etc.)
Distribute/Transport your Reagents via Pipeline & Rail to your internal customers
Produce your own Power (coal-fired steam+electricity generation)
Be accountable for reaching your Product Delivery Targets
Perform rewarding work in a demanding non-steady state environment
Focus, as a strong Technical manager, on Improvement/Optimization Projects, to not only reduce cost, but also reach Nameplate Capacity on certain unit operations
Contribute to a growing Operational Excellence Culture by, among other things, working closely with asset management personnel
Manage, as a strong People Manager, one of the most culturally diverse expat teams that you will ever see
Be an effective contributor to and proponent of the company’s Succession Plan and Training Programs, ensuring there is dedicated training and empowerment of National Superintendents, Supervisors and Lead-Hands

From the Metallurgical, Oil & Gas or Chemical Sector
Seeking a Residential Status Expatriate assignment
A Strong Leader, People Manager & Technical Manager
Highly Adaptive Collaborator and Problem-solver with Your Teams
Specialized in Fixed Process Plant Operations Management - Production & Process Engineering
Particularly skilled with a wide variety of Utilities Functions
Driven to advance Continuous Improvement and achieve Nameplate Capacity
An Implementer and Executer of Processing Best Practices
Sound in understanding how to work with your Maintenance counterparts
Business-savvy, comfortable managing budgets
Effective Manager of a Diversity of Personnel
A good Listener and Coach, capable of empowering your Superintendents
A Driver of the development of National Superintendents and Supervisors

A University Bachelors/Tertiary Qualification/BAC+3 Degree in a Metallurgical, Chemical, Process, Mechanical, Electrical or other related Engineering field
A minimum of 20 years working in Chemical Processing Operations
Track Record of working in Big, Complex Plants
Experience with High Pressure, High Temperature and Exotic Materials
Experiences in multiple Complex Chemical, Petroleum, Alumina or Nickel Laterite REFINERIES. Classic gold or base metal mineral processing plant experiences will not carry the same weight.
Best Practice know-how
A balanced Technical Manager and People Manager Approach
A Specialization in Utilities Operations & Technical Management
Power Utility experience – considered an asset
Bulk Materials Handling know-how (loading, offloading, Trains, Rail, Port) – considered an asset
Maintenance know-how – considered an asset
Experience being part of Continuous Improvement Initiatives and leading a state-of-the-art plant operating facility to steady state conditions
Experience working with numerous Contractors in a variety of contexts
Track record of Training and Developing National Employees
Previous Expat Experiences in Africa or other Developing Markets


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