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General Manager Engineering (BSc (Eng) [Metallurgy & Materials Eng]) – Ref: 115623 – Enshrine Candidate VP Marketing

Candidate location: South Africa, Gauteng

Home & other languages: English, Afrikaans, French

Designation: General Manager

Highest qualification type: Degree

University: University of the Witwatersrand

Discipline: Metallurgical Engineering

Years of experience: More than 10 years

Cost to company: R1.55 mil – R1.8 mil

Company size: 11 – 50

Division: Engineering / Design

Seniority level: Manager / Dept Head / Lead /Senior / Principal Engineer


Business Director – (BSc Eng: Metallurgy & Materials) – Ref No: 115623 – Enshrine Candidate VP Marketing

A multi-faceted metallurgical manager with global experience in operations, project delivery and business administration. Proven track record of metallurgical expertise, innovation, project delivery and business acumen. A self-starter that naturally motivates others and always willing to learn.

Gender:                                    Male

Ethnicity:                                 Indian

Nationality:                              South African

Highest Formal Qualification:  BSc (Eng) [Metallurgy & Materials Eng]

What is your current/ most recent job title?

General Manager Engineering

What is the primary purpose of this position?

Manage and Coordinate all activities of the Engineering Business. Develop new projects with frequent client contact, Participate and Review all projects being executed by the group. Engage with project teams on technical issues. Engage with clients as a Project sponsor to resolve any project issues. Responsible for Business P/L. Address all HR matters, office management, payment and receipt of all finances.

What are the core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order for you to achieve your primary purpose?

Project management structure and systems to ensure effective, quality project delivery. Customer relationship management to develop ongoing healthy client interaction. Develop and evolve company culture to minimise staff turnover and attract new talent. Effective financial management and systems to address financial health. 

What are some of your greatest achievements (When and how have you saved your employers time, money and resources)?

Revised magnetic separator design to improve magnetic field intensity to improve dense media recovery and discharge density.
Producing results for Gold Mining House milling operations at the majority of their African Operations.
Successfully integrated mine to Mill technologies in Process Optimisation strategies.
Successfully implemented an Autogenous Milling Pilot Plant for Debswana Mining Company’s Jwaneng Mine to Mill Kimberlite (Diamondiferous ore). Applied full suite of Process Technology solutions to allow complete control, analysis and reporting of Pilot Plant Operation.
Design and Implementation of first Mine Production Management System within 6 months of developing first version of the platform.
Integrated metallurgical process data into a single platform with mining production data including operating cost across the entire value chain.
Developed basis for Multiplier based rate calculation with incentive schemes for EPCM projects. Rolled out to a global Diversified Mining companies Global EPCM Alliance Program.
Commercial responsibility for a Platinum Base Metal Refinery Expansion and a large novel Nickel Project.
Managed complex study including mining, concentrator and smelter-refinery options with study teams based in multiple locations.
Nickel project close out negotiation when the Client terminated the project at 60% completion.
Project Manager for the Design, Installation and Commissioning of two Reverse Osmosis based water treatment plants in Ghana from June 18, 2012 to December 31, 2012.
Responsible for Metallurgical design of the 12mtpa expansion at a Ghanaian Gold Mine
Responsible for the Metallurgical performance of two Ghanaian operations producing 725 000 oz. pa.

If you were to illuminate your skills and abilities along with your greater purpose and passions in life, how would you describe yourself?

I have always benefitted from effective mentoring and knowledge transfer. My passion remains to transfer what I have learnt from mentors and experience gained from global project exposure to anyone that is willing to learn, especially new graduates and intermediate engineers.

What is the business title of your ideal position?

Business Administration & Technical consulting

What are the key responsibilities and accountabilities of your ideal position?

Exposure to the correct mix of business administration and technical consulting motivates me.

What are the manufacturing processes/ technologies that you have experience in relevant to your ideal position/ next career steps?

Specialist expertise in commination and flotation circuit design and optimisation. Extensive practical global experience in mill and flotation optimisation. Experience in design (mechanical and process), installation and commissioning of Crushers, screens, mills, flotation, filters, dryers, kilns, scrubbers, pelletisers, thermal and pyro processing, leaching, elution unit operations.

Practical experience from global operations and project experience in various areas that include design, commissioning, process optimization, production management and consulting in technology, business and process engineering.
Active involvement in Project and Study Management (conceptual studies to detailed feasibility), contractor and supplier contract negotiations, business plan development and consulting with clients to improve profitability. In depth exposure to Management of Capital Projects from Business Case development to Execution. Initial involvement as a project engineer to Lead Engineer, Study Manager and Project Manager. Experience in establishing all project and technical risks through risk assessments and participation and facilitation of Hazard Studies (HAZOP and HAZID). Develop Project Execution Plans for all levels in the Project Lifecycle ranging from Conceptual (FEL 1) to Detailed Feasibility Studies (FEL3) and Execution. Commissioned and completed market studies to assess viability, market volumes, pricing and competitiveness. Engage with regulatory authorities in various countries for permitting, mining rights applications, Water use licences, environmental permitting and license to operate. Managed project teams based in multiple global locations. Lead projects across the entire mining value chain from drilling to develop resource model through to final product export, including detailed design.

Extensive metallurgical basis through global exposure that has presented key opportunities to develop experience of unit metallurgical operations including Commination, Pelletising, Sintering, Calcining, Roasting, Drying, Cooling, Magnetic Separation, Filtration, Thickening and Dense Media Separation. Valuable expertise in Grinding Mills, Rotary and Vertical Kilns and Fluidized Bed Technologies and in depth involvement in the Design, Installation and commissioning of various process unit operations globally.
Developed key skills in Mine to Mill modelling, Process Optimisation and valuable understanding of Mining Planning, Pit Optimisation, Drill and Blast and Load and Haul Methodologies. Wide ranging experience in Base Metals, Iron Ore, Coal, Diamonds, Rare Earth Elements and extensive experience in Gold.

Commercially involved in business consulting, risk, exposure and liability modelling, business and mine production management. This business acumen has proven valuable in determining business case viability and project feasibility.

Describe your career in years of experience per sector/industry/commodity serviced:

1. Coal Processing Plant Metallurgist: 1 year.
2. Process Technology: 2 Years.
3. Process Optimisation and Process Consulting: 6 Years.
4. Mining Systems: 2 Years.
5. EPCM Project and Commercial Management: 5 years.
6. Principle Metallurgist: 5 years

Describe the kind of company you would like to work for including the culture and values it should possess:

A mining company offering long term career potential with an Head Office based role that may require travel to operations. The ideal company would have an culture open to innovation, mid-level risk appetite and actively seeking opportunities to grow.

What do you absolutely love doing?

Working with people, motivating and leading teams to deliver results.

Motivation to move (please select): Career growth

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