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Technical Services Manager

Location : West Africa
Job Type : Permanent

Job Type:  Contract

Job Code: 6648

Mining, Mine Engineer, Gold, Technical Services, Mine Planning, Load, Haul, Drill, Blast, Survey, Surface Mining 

We are recruiting a Technical Services Manager for an international mining company, with mines and projects on multiple continents. The incumbent will be a qualified Mining Engineer with good Dispatch/Fleet Systems Management experience and will be someone who has been exposed to and has managed the various disciplines within Technical Services (Mine Planning, Drill and Blast etc.)

Reporting to the Mining Manager, the incumbent will lead a multidisciplinary team to improve effectiveness and efficiency of the mining processes to ensure long-term viability and profitability of the mine.

Please only apply if you meet the requirements.

• Analyses the life-of-mine plan derived from ore reserves as well as plans, directs and controls the activities required to produce the short, medium and long-term required production targets to achieve optimal efficiencies;
• Plans and controls mining operations to achieve production targets;
• Compiles the mining budget annually, inclusive of the mining schedule, cost model and Capex;
• Investigates and recommends final pit design parameters and surface layouts;
• Assesses and recommends the most practical, cost effective and/or most profitable mining option to senior management;
• Decides on alternative mining areas to overcome problems encountered in executing the monthly mining plan and directs subsequent activities to achieve the official annual mining plan;
• Liaises with mine operations to integrate mine plans with operations activities;
• Approves the blasting designs parameters e.g. burden, spacing, powder factor and stemming height to ensure optimum fragmentation of the ground and limit pit wall damage;
• Approves the blast designs to ensure minimum damage to the final pit walls/ hanging walls and pillars;
• Ensures that the ore body model is up to date, that GC drilling and assay is optimized;
• Ensures that and liaises with the mining personnel to optimize the mineralized zones and minimize dilution;
• Maximizes the departments use of the WENCO dispatch system to ensure optimum equipment efficiency and accurate reporting;
• Ensures that engineering and geology perform mine-mill reconciliation;
• Liaise with corporate resources and mining departments;  

• Currently or have recently been employed in a similar role – at the same level or one level below
• Experienced in managing the various disciplines/technical disciplines – Mine Planning, Drill&Blast, Geology, Survey, etc.  
• Willing to work on a Single Status FIFO roster

• A Degree or Diploma in Mining Engineering  
• Minimum of 8 years of relevant mining industry experience, preferably in a fly in - fly out
• Surface Gold Mining experience
• Strong application of professional mining theory, principles & practices;
• Excellent planning and organizational skills and strong analytical ability;
• Solid knowledge and understanding of mining & labour legislation;
• Experience with budget preparation and administration
• Experience in West Africa would be advantageous

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