Senior Plant Metallurgist (Base Metals: Nickel & Copper), Ref: 1087902

Ref: 1087902

Nationality: Botswana
Highest Formal Qualification: B. Eng Chemical
Annual Package Range: Botswana pula - BWP 351 000 - 450 000, per annum
Total years experience: Years

Senior Plant Metallurgist

Current / most recent job title?

Senior Plant Metallurgist

1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

Reporting to the Plant Manager, as a Senior Plant Metallurgist, effectively executing and implementing metallurgical projects to improve plant performance to meet required production targets while containing costs to increase revenue safely, to provide technical support, guidance and conducting of tests, interpretation and analysis of laboratory results, supervising the preparation of samples, analysis and production of a weekly process assurance report.

2. Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:

Process Monitoring and Control with continuous interaction with the process by monitoring plant performance, troubleshooting plant deviation, metallurgical accounting and Information processing. Preparation of periodic and ad-hoc reporting daily, weekly and monthly production reports on all plant issues. People Effectiveness included supervising performance, development of building and maintaining good relationships within organization and stakeholders, maintaining Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality with environmental programs of safety standards procedures.

3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:

7 years technical development mainly focused on perfecting my project management skills, creation of plant data capturing and analysis systems, supervising and leading teams and people, progressing into an extremely effective team player. Developed excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal, analytical, and supervision skills, completed training on Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment, Awareness of the ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems, and Industrial Relations. Developed strong commitment to working in a safe and socially responsible manner, proficient in Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint and several metallurgical projects & problem-solving skills. Currently seeking a new opportunity to make a significant difference within an organisation that requires a dynamic and objective driven individual.

4. Ideal business title: 

Metallurgist Process Engineer

5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

Process Improvement, Process Control and Monitoring, Quality Control and Assurance Metallurgical Accounting, Information Processing, People Effectiveness

6. Skill area of competence:

Innovative, Excellent Communication Skills, Excellent Teamwork, Excellent Interpretive and Analytical Skills, Excellent Technical Skills, Excellent Project Management Skills Operating Systems Windows 2007, NT, XP, Macintosh Software Spreadsheet, Word Processing, SCADA System, Presentation Graphics, Multimedia, Matlab, Simulink, GAMS, Minitab, Polymath, BioWin, AutoCad and others.

7. Career summary:

6 years Mining Nickel and Copper

8. Achievements: 

Major Metallurgical Projects Undertaken. Successfully reduced raw water consumption from highs of 0.25 m3/ton to lows of 0.18 m3/ton/ improved cyclones recoveries and life span. Tested Hybrid 800mm versus 710 mm cyclones for bigger capacity hence increased throughput while achieving required enrichment ratio and metal recoveries. Tested and implemented atomised ferrosilicon as opposed to milled 150D hence improving overall consumption from highs of 700g/ton to below 250g/ton as well as achieving required enrichment ratio and metal recoveries. Improved the life span of Correct Medium (CM) pumps from 2 months to 4 months. Tested and implemented rubber screen panels over polyurethane screen panels due to increased durability which saved costs. Optimized & automated flocculent dosage in the DMS Thickener.

9. What do you absolutely love doing?

Team building, Problem solving, Interpreting and analyzing

10. Ideal company (culture and values):

An ambitious Company where one can become an asset and be involved in making important and critical business decisions.

Where would you like to be in your career in the next 5 to 10 years, what would you like to have achieved?

I have over six years of experience in the mineral processing industry as a Senior Metallurgist and participated in several projects. I therefore want to proceed my career as a Metallurgist and manage projects for many years to come. Then, I would like to grow with the company to reach upper level of management opportunities that will be arising in the company.

I would also like to take part-time schooling to further improve my agile project management skills.

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 School Achievements:
Writing: identified and wrote a proposal to help less privileged students after school program. Communication: I trained and helped slow learner’s students.

High School Achievements:
Teamwork: successfully planned and implemented the “Litter Clean-up Campaign” around my school and community and handed out pamphlets on “Litter Prevention”. I was the team leader in partnership with ten of my schoolmates and five community members.
Attention to details: I was the Chief Editor for the School students’ newspaper and ensured that grammar layout and contents were accurate.

College/University Achievements:
Multi-Cultural: I effectively collaborated with peers from various Socio-economic and Cultural background to develop a presentation on how cross-cultural values affect communication in school at large.
Design and Planning: I prepared annual budget on analysis of previous year’s costs and revenues as the student’s assistant for operations manager on Campus.

Business Related Achievements:
Organisation: I provided organisational support to stuff including managing schedules, training and meeting deadlines.
Flexibility: I demonstrated adaptability and provided excellent leadership skills in a busy mining environment while managing other various work priorities.

What’s the most interesting thing about you that’s not on your resume?

Last year, I had to administer emergency CPR at the hotel with my family having lunch by the pool side and rescued a young boy who looked like he was drowning.

Tell me about a time when you had to get to the root cause of a problem to make a decision.

First thing to look when a conflict arises is the source of conflict, after knowing the source of conflict, I look at the alternative solutions to resolve the conflict by collaborating where all parties are happy, try to find a win-win situation first. After showing the alternative solutions, I guide people to rethink about the conflict, expecting consensus.

What are the three things that are most important to you in a job?

Growth Opportunities

Trusts between employees and the leadership team

Job Security

What are your strengths?

Disciplined result-driven and analytical thinker, attention to detail and approaching problems in a systematic way. When I am working on a project or task, I always keep in mind that “what is the expected result?” Sometimes, if you forget what you are trying to achieve, you can deviate from your targets. Therefore, keeping in mind the expected results help me to focus on what needs to be done.

What are your weaknesses (e.g. most important blind spots / developmental needs identified)?

Problem with delegating work because I believed only I could produce the best quality of work. However, I found myself overwhelmed by the amount of work which then affected the quality of my work. I managed to attain training in project management and time management hence I am able to trust my co-workers more and delegate more which has greatly improved the quality of my work.

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