30 years+ Chemical & Mining; Principal Process Engineer seeks an Intermediate/Support/Mentoring role, Ref: 1039359

Ref: 1039359

Nationality: South African - dual citizenship
Highest Formal Qualification: PHD
Annual Package Range: R500k to R1mil per annum. “Most recent package on a contract basis R750 per hour. Prepared to work for substantially less than this if there is an opportunity that I would enjoy”.
Total years experience: 37 Years

Current/recent job title: Lead Process Engineer

A Principal/ Lead Process Engineer with extensive industrial and academic experience would like to get more involved in training and mentoring junior Engineers. Also interested in a more specialised position e.g. in capital equipment specification, design and trouble-shooting. Prepared to work for substantially less than his hourly rate if there is an opportunity that he would really enjoy.

Skill area of competence: R&D, process development, process design, plant commissioning, troubleshooting, teaching and mentoring.
Career summary: 15 years mining: platinum 9 years, phosphates 3 years, gold 2 years, coal 1 year, copper/lead/zinc 1 year. 2 years chemicals: organic chemicals 1 year, bulk gases 1 year.
Achievements: Development of mathematical models to understand spontaneous combustion in coal stockpiles, test work and design of the MF2 process for concentration of platinum group metals from UG2 ore, design and commissioning of an Enhanced Precious Metals Refinery incorporating ion exchange technology to separate platinum group metals, process design for a world-scale gold plant expansion in West Africa.
Years of experience range: 24 years of project engineering, process engineering and chemical technology experience, 13 years’ experience in engineering education and research.

Nationality: South African – dual citizenship (British).
Discipline: Chemical Engineering, Chemistry
Qualifications/affiliations/ prof. registrations: PHD, Pr. Eng – Professional Engineer (ECSA), SAIMM, IChemE – The Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK), Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (Cambridge)

Software skills: MS Office, JKSimMet, Metsim
Salary expectation: R500k to R1mil per annum. “Most recent package on a contract basis R750 per hour. Prepared to work for substantially less than this if there is an opportunity that I would enjoy”.
Location preference: 
I am open to positions both nationally and internationally.

If you are looking for a highly experienced Independent Process Consultant that would like to help younger people to develop their careers and professional skills; a team player who is prepared to take a leadership role and to coach and mentor others; a Principal Engineer with the ability to solve conceptual problems and provide practical solutions that would now equally be happy in a senior/lead role or an intermediate/support role, then do get in touch: respond to this email or call us on this number: (Cell) 083 653 7750 or Head Office – Gauteng, SA. +27 11 083 9301.

Candidate location: South Africa

Home & other languages: English

Designation: Chemical Engineer

Highest qualification type:  PHD

University: University of the Witwatersrand

Company size: ’51 – 200

Division: Engineering / Design / Draughting / Drawing Office

Seniority level: Degreed Engineer – Junior / Lead / Senior / Principal / Chief

Gender: Male

Ethnicity: Caucasian/White

Nationality: South African – dual citizenship

If dual citizenship, please specify other: British

Current / most recent job title? Lead Process Engineer

Primary purpose of current/most recent position: Process design, process development, liaison with equipment vendors, organisation and supervision of testwork, management of junior engineers and coordination with other engineering disciplines, client communication, business development, plant commissioning and trouble-shooting.

Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose: Client engagement, problem solving, leadership.

Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:
Process engineer with the ability to solve conceptual problems and provide practical solutions. A team player who is prepared to take a leadership role and to coach and mentor others.

Ideal business title: Chemical engineer, process engineer, metallurgist, lecturer, trainer.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position: I would now be equally happy in a senior/lead role or an intermediate/support role.

Skill area of competence: R&D, process development, process design, plant commissioning, troubleshooting, teaching and mentoring.

Career summary: 15 years mining: platinum 9 years, phosphates 3 years, gold 2 years, coal 1 year, copper/lead/zinc 1 year.
2 years chemicals: organic chemicals 1 year, bulk gases 1 year.

Achievements: Development of mathematical models to understand spontaneous combustion in coal stockpiles, test work and design of the MF2 process for concentration of platinum group metals from UG2 ore, design and commissioning of an Enhanced Precious Metals Refinery incorporating ion exchange technology to separate platinum group metals, process design for a world-scale gold plant expansion in West Africa.

What do you absolutely love doing? I love providing innovative solutions that will enhance the success of my employer and clients.

Ideal company (culture and values): I would like to work for a successful organisation whose culture and values are self-evident.

TARGETED QUESTIONS:

Write down two achievements from primary school, two from high school, two during college/university, and two post-college/university, with at least one of the two business-related.

Primary 1. Gold award for survival course (swimming). 2. Cub Scout. High School 1. Swimming champion. 2. Community service at a mental hospital. College 1. Completed honours degree at 20. 2. Charitable fund-raising. Post-College 1. Developed new technology for platinum processing. 2. Identified causes of coal stockpile fires.

Which of these achievements makes you the most proud and why?

School community service at mental hospital, because I was dedicated to other peoples’ welfare.

Tell me about a time in the last week when you’ve been satisfied, energized, and productive at work. What were you doing?

Developing the most suitable design for a mineral processing plant in the absence of proper test work, and selling the concept to the owner

What’s the most interesting thing about you that’s not on your resume? I love soul music and am learning to compose computer music.

Tell me about a time when you had to get to the root cause of a problem to make a decision. When developing an improved process for producing platinum from UG2 ore it was necessary to consider fundamental issues from mineralogy to mining.

What are the three things that are most important to you in a job?Interacting with people, solving problems and having fun while doing it.

What are your strengths? Taking responsibility, tenacious, results-driven.

What are your weaknesses (e.g. most important blind spots / developmental needs identified)? I sometimes take on too much, where it would be better to prioritise or delegate.

Motivation to move: I am looking for a change from my existing job as a Lead Process Engineer working for an engineering design house.

Location Preference: I am open to positions both nationally and internationally.

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