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2020.09 Plant Superintendent – Mineral Processing





Competitive Salary, Permanent Position Plymouth, South Devon, UK

Become an integral part of the Tungsten West Limited (TWL) team working on the mine re-start through throughout the feasibility study, project re-build, commissioning/ramp-up and into production. You will be a metallurgist or mineral processing engineer with at least 15 years’ hands-on experience in the operation of metalliferous or other relevant mineral processing plants (e.g. diamond) including experience at the Superintendent level on a large plant with ability to effectively manage shift-based operations teams. Preference will be given to potential candidates who have gained firsthand operating experience of ore sorting, dense medium separation (cyclones), magnetic separation, fine gravity separation, roasting, hydrometallurgical, comminution and classification processes. In depth knowledge and experience of mineral process and plant design including engineering calculations; process control, instrumentation, online sampling procedures; and process optimisation would be considered an advantage.

Key in this role is the requirement to:

  • Provide strong leadership to the shift operations teams based on experience and example

  • Provide support to the Plant Manager and liaise effectively with engineering and metallurgical staff

  • Run the process plant in an efficient, cost effective and safe manner with good housekeeping

  • As a key member of the management team, work collaboratively with other senior management members to achieve the Company’s goals

  • Achieve the Company’s process plant production, safety, performance, quality and cost targets o Work as a professional, upholding the standards of best practice at all times

  • Maintain the highest standards of health, safety and environmental responsibility

  • Build the process plant’s operations teams

  • Train and mentor staff to provide a thorough understanding of mineral processing principles & equipment

  • Manage the plant data collection function and provide performance reports

  • Prepare and control the process plant budget

  • Adopt a practical approach to work and the ability to effectively manage site jobs

  • Work in an organised and structured manner so as to meet deadlines and avoid mistakes

  • Develop a cross-disciplinary continuous improvement system to increase operational performance & quality

  • Manage the control and instrumentation systems

  • Have an operational knowledge of sampling systems, sample preparation and XRF assay o Have an operational knowledge of SCADA systems and programming

  • Be able to diagnose process problems and inefficiencies and optimise the process

  • Set up best practice principles and create SOP’s for good plant operation

  • Work collaboratively together with plant staff including callouts where necessary

We are seeking candidates eligible to work in the UK, with a relevant degree or suitable experience and qualifications and a UK (or equivalent) car driving licence. The successful candidate will be happy working in a dynamic, hardworking environment and integrating with and assisting the broader operations team. Candidates should be computer literate, physically fit and happy to work outdoors in all weather. Previous successful experience working in the mining industry in senior operational positions is considered essential, and membership of a professional association is highly desirable.

Date Published: TBC
Date Closed: TBC

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